It would have been impossible for Strictly Come Dancing viewers not to feel the electric atmosphere in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom when Fleur East became the first of this year's contestants to bag a perfect score.


Fleur and her pro partner Vito Coppola's flawless Couple's Choice routine to Destiny's Child Megamix flew straight to the top of the Strictly leaderboard for a second week running, with an amazing 40 out of 40.

As they were cheered on by the rest of the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 line-up, even Craig Revel Horwood couldn't deny the wow factor of Fleur's choreography, as he reached for his 10 paddle.

But how do Fleur and Vito top that as we go into week 10 of the competition?

Now that the dances and songs have been revealed, fans know that Fleur's latest challenge is a Rumba to Too Lost In You Sugababes.

Will she come in number one on the leaderboard three weeks running? As we wait to find out, here's everything you need to know about Fleur East and her stint on the show so far.

Who is Fleur East?

The Masked Dancer Fleur East
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Age: 34

Job: Singer and presenter

Instagram: @fleureast

Twitter: @fleureast

Fleur East rose to fame after competing in The X Factor, auditioning solo in 2014 and making it through to the live-shows, coming in second place.

She has since found success with singles like Sax and More and More, before taking part in the 2018 season of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here, finishing in fourth place.

In recent years she has moved into presenting, hosting the Hits Radio breakfast show and appearing on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

Fleur's Strictly journey


Week 1: Cha Cha Cha (7+7+7+8) = 29

Week 2: Viennese Waltz (7+8+6+7) = 28

Week 3: American Smooth (6+8+7+8) = 29

Week 4: Argentine Tango (9+10+9+10) = 38

Week 5: Jive (7+8+9+8) = 32

Week 6: Salsa (8+8+8+8) = 32

Week 7: Waltz (9+9+8+9) = 35

Week 8: Samba (9+10+10+10) = 39

Week 9: Couple's Choice (10+10+10+10) = 40

Fleur East had a strong start, performing the Cha Cha Cha to Let's Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez and then changing tone with a Viennese Waltz to Glimpse of Us by Joji. The latter was an emotional performance for the star, who burst into tears after the routine.

She then returned to the Strictly stage for Week 3 with her professional partner Vito Coppola to perform the American Smooth to Part Of Your World from The Little Mermaid – and while she received a decent score of 29, she found herself in the bottom two with Richie Anderson.

The judges agreed to save her, and Fleur was back with a bang in Week 4 with a brilliantly atmospheric Argentine Tango to Paint It Black, receiving her highest scores to date and her first 10s of the series.

Her score dipped slightly in Week 5 when she earned 32 points for a Eurovision-themed Jive to Waterloo (which saw Vito don an ABBA-esque wig), but it was still enough to land the couple towards the top of the leaderboard.

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While they received the exact same strong score in Halloween Week, Fleur and Vito's Salsa to Beyonce's Break My Soul sadly landed them in the dreaded dance off against EastEnders actor James Bye.

The judges chose to save Fleur for a second time in the competition and in Week 7 she came back fighting.

Fleur and Vito took to the floor to perform a beautiful Waltz, which left them in joint third place on the score board, alongside Molly Rainford.

Week 8 then saw her go from strength to strength as Fleur landed her highest score to date – a huge 39 out of 40 for her Samba to Hot Hot Hot by Arrow.

While Week 9's Blackpool edition marked the first 40 of the 2022 season, as Fleur and Vito's Couple's Choice routine to a Destiny's Child megamix blew the judges away and bagged them the top spot.

What has Fleur East said about joining Strictly 2022?

Speaking about joining Strictly Come Dancing, Fleur East said she was "equally nervous and thrilled".

"I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience. It’s such an honour to be on the show after years of watching it with my father who loved it so much."

She added: "Unfortunately my dad is no longer with us but I know he will be watching over the ballroom in spirit. I’m doing this to make him and my family proud and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday 26th November at 7:15pm on BBC One, with the results show airing on Sunday 27th November at 6:00pm.

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