- Fleur East to participate in Strictly Come Dancing for deep personal reason
- Strictly Come Dancing to return on BBC One with the 20th season
- Fleur launched a career on TV & radio after her stint on The X Factor in 2014
34 year old singer and TV presenter Fleur East reveals about her deep personal reason for doing Strictly Come Dancing saying it was her late father’s favourite show on TV.
Fleur, who came runner-up on the 2014 edition of The X Factor had kickstarted her career on TV and radio since.
Fleur said that her upcoming part on the popular BBC One series will be in memory of Malcolm East, her father.
Strictly Come Dancing will return this Friday evening.
Ahhhh! I can’t believe it’s out there. I’m so excited and nervous in equal measure! Ha ha looking forward to the sparkle ✨✨??? LET’S GO! https://t.co/ylUDeNCnPQ— FLEUR EAST (@FleurEast) August 11, 2022
Commenting on what motivated Fleur to do Strictly Come Dancing, the 34 year old said, “Firstly, it’s the best show ever. Secondly, for me it’s a personal reason, my dad passed away in 2020 and this was his favourite show.”
The former I’m A Celebrity star also said, “He even used to get annoyed that he had to miss out on Strictly when I was on The X Factor because they were on at the same time.
“When I was deciding whether or not to do it I spoke to my sister and she reminded me of dad watching it all the time and then that was that the deciding factor straightaway, so that’s my motivation for doing it.”
When she was asked who she thinks her biggest competitor would be on the show, Fleur said, “Having watched the show for years, you can’t predict who’s going to do well, so I just think I’m going to focus on myself.
“I’m so hard on myself anyway, I know that I’ll be watching back everything I’ve done picking it apart and trying to compete with my last performance.
“That may be a cheesy answer, but genuinely I can’t suss anyone, because everyone’s going to be different, everyone’s got their own story, everyone’s got their own reason, and it’s lots of different personalities.”
Fleur who hosted the Hits Radio Show will be among 15 famous contestants hitting the dance floor in this years Strictly Come Dancing who will b joined by former England footballer Tony Adams, EastEnders star James Bye and TV presenter Helen Skelton.
Also in the line-up is Ted Lasso actress Ellie Taylor, Paralympic swimming gold medallist Ellie Simmonds, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps actor Will Mellor, Loose Women star Kaye Adams and Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh.
They are joined by Bros singer Matt Goss, Kiss radio host Tyler West, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Molly Rainford, comedian and actress Jayde Adams, Wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza Yassin and BBC Radio 2’s Richie Anderson.
Strictly Come Dancing will see judges Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Mots Mabuse return to the show along with head judge Shirley Ballas. Host Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly will also return for the 20th season of the dance show.
On the professional line-up, the show will boast 4 new faces alongside the returning favorites including last year’s winner Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Dianne Buswell, Katya Jones, Nadiya Bychkova, Johannes Radebe.
After the Queen of England died, the launch of the show was postponed for a week until after the funeral of Britain’s longest reigning monarch on the 19th of September.
The Dance show was due to return on the 17th of September on BBC One but will now start airing on the 23rd of September which will be followed by the show’s first live show on the 24th of September.
Strictly Come Dancing will also air on BBC iPlayer along with BBC One.