Fleur East says Strictly experience is ‘difficult to deal with’
Strictly Come Dancing host Fleur East has lifted the lid on who she plans to give an “extra grilling” on the It Takes Two sofa this series.
The former Strictly finalist, who wowed crowds at Cheshire’s DevaFest last month, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about her new presenting role.
Fleur, who proved to be a popular contestant on the BBC dance show last year alongside professional partner Vito Coppola, has taken over the reins from Rylan Clark on the spin-off show.
The singer is also joined by former Strictly professional Janette Manrara, who has returned to the programme just weeks after giving birth to her first child.
Fleur opened up about how she’s grateful to already know so much of the cast going into her new job.
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She said: “It’s nice! I think it’s going to be really weird for me though, because I remember going into it last year and seeing all the pros and just looking up to them and admiring them and thinking, ‘Jeez – these people are so talented…’
“But now they’re going to be sitting across from me on the sofa and I have to nterview them. That’s really weird.
Speaking about her former dance partner, Fleur admitted: “I don’t think I’d be able to look Vito in the eye with a new partner and treat him as though I don’t know anything about him.
“I’m just going to be like, ‘What was going on there on Saturday night then!?’ It’s going to be funny.”
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She then quipped: “He will get an extra grilling!”
Speaking about her close relationship with Vito and other contestants on the show, Fleur reflected on competing in the BBC staple last year.
“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, which is funny because although it was such a challenge, I loved every second of it,” she explained.
“You just fully immerse yourself in it. I don’t think there’s anything else that’s quite intense in that way.
“Like everybody says, it’s like a family and it’s because you see each other all the time. You and your partner see each other every single day pretty much – for three months, if you go all the way.
“They really are like your family,” she continued. “Vito is now like my brother – he is in the family. We’ve cooked together, we’ve gone out together with my husband, we’ve spent so much time together.
“And anytime we see anybody from the Strictly family, whenever we meet up you just have this unspeakable bond and it’s just so much fun to be around – it’s an infectious energy.”
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