Fleur East said she was “excited to be in a dance mecca” with her dance partner Vito Coppola for Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing performance.
The 35-year-old radio host and singer topped the charts last week, scoring 39 with an energetic samba to Arrow’s Hot Hot Hot.
She will be playing against Coppola at Blackpool’s prestigious Tower Ballroom, where the BBC show will return after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.
Speaking to the PA news agency, East said: “I think this is going to be incredible for both of us as neither of us has been through Strict before.
“Every week you pass, you want to experience the next stage because you work so hard and like Vito always told me, ‘I’ve started being a dancer,’ I got bruises, hurt. , my big toenail disappeared, it’s officially over.
“So it’s like being able to dance in Blackpool Tower. It’s like a dance mecca. I mean, it’s like the next stage in my starting out as a dancer, isn’t it?”
Coppola, 30, said it “really meant a lot” and was a “big week” on a strict schedule.
Memorable serious moments from Blackpool over the years include the 2016 entrance of former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who was lowered from the ceiling to play the piano before taking to the dance floor to frolic with Katya Jones.
Another moment saw Ann Widdecombe dance the samba with professional partner Anton Du Beke in 2010, both dressed in bright yellow, with the former Conservative MP winning the lowest score of the night. is 13 out of 40.
Coppola and East also say that Serious fans can be heard shouting each week for their rivals from backstage as they cheer them on during their dance moves.
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“You’re watching other people and you’re looking at all of their scores, you’re hearing all of their feedback, and you see how well people are doing and then you think, oh my god,” East said. What does this mean?
“We’re going to…’oh, we need to step it up because these people ruined it’.
“Also, you forget it’s a competition because you cheer everyone around.
“So me and Vito were like (people) being loud, (we were saying) ‘come on’ and then as we moved on, we needed to (try to) compose (like) we have to)) performances.
Coppola, the 11-time Italian Latin American champion, added: “I have to say… we shouted really loudly.
“Even though (we don’t wear) the microphone, you can still hear us (backstage).”
East also said they have a ritual of looking at her family and then at each other before going on stage so they can get into the right space.
I Used To Be A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! and the X Factor contestant said she now feels she can take more “risks” when singing on stage.
She added: “I realized I was a little bit in my comfort zone.
“Especially as a singer, it’s like I just do what I know and what I’m comfortable with and if I ever work with anyone, they’ll put the dancers behind me and then if I can’t take a step, I give up’ not doing it.
“I just sing or they change the whole show, if I can’t do it. So it’s like everything is always molded to what I can do and this is the first time I’ve had to do something completely different.
“I didn’t even know what a queue was before I got here. Now I understand that you can make a line with your arm.
“Just all the fascinating skills I’ve learned, it’s amazing.”
Sunday night’s results showed former England footballer Tony Adams, 56, becoming the seventh celebrity to leave after being forced to withdraw through injury.
The remaining eight couples will hit the dance floor at Blackpool Tower on Saturday 19 November at 7:45pm, with the results shown on Sunday 20th November at 7:20pm on BBC One.
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