Strictlys Fleur East details partner being ‘mean’ during rehearsals

Strictly: Fleur East reacts to receiving first perfect score of series

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Last weekend saw the remaining stars, except for Kym Marsh who was absent due to covid, take to the dance floor to earn a spot in the quarter-finals.

One of those included 35-year-old Fleur who tackled the Rumba with her Strictly pro Vito.

Speaking about their performance on the most recent instalment of It Takes Two, host Janette Manrara complimented the contestant telling her that it’s a complicated dance.

Thanking her, the Strictly star said: “It’s all down to him, he was so mean, all week!

“Working on the technique he was like, ‘straight the leg, straight the leg!’

Chiming in, Vito confessed it was true as he commented: “I said to her at the beginning of the week that you are going to hate me.”

However, the professional dancer revealed he was sure she would smash the dance on Saturday night, which he told Janette she did.

Laughing, Fleur told Janette that it was all worth it in the end after receiving a score of 35 from the judges.

During the conversation, viewers learnt that Vito has been using the analogy of food to try and help his partner understand certain moves.

Asking what type of food Fleur was on Saturday night, the 30-year-old said she was like a “saucy meat” which earned approval from Janette and Fleur.

Despite receiving a high score and getting the first 40 of the series last weekend, the dancing duo found themselves in the bottom two for the third time.

The former X Factor star had to go head-to-head with comedian Ellie Taylor who found herself at the bottom of the leaderboard with a score of 25.

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Dancing both of their routines again, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke all decided to save Fleur.

Speaking about their dance-off on It Takes Two, the singer confessed she had expected it due to the level of competition stepping up.

She told Janette: “There’s so few of us now and when you watch everybody, we cheer everybody on.

“We watch them like, ‘Oh my gosh he’s smashed it, she smashed it, they’re all killing it!’

“So, to be standing there, you’re thinking it’s got to be one of us so I wasn’t surprised for that reason.”

Although she found herself in the dance-off, Fluer is currently in joint third place with Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu who also received a score of 35.

At the top with a total of 38 is the actor Will Mellor and Nancy Xu with Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal close behind with 37.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Friday on BBC One at 8pm

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