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A host of nervous celebrities have signed up for the 20th series of Strictly Come Dancing. The 15 contestants include former X Factor runner-up Fleur East, who has shared an emotional reason behind her decision to sign up for the show.
The 34-year-old is the current breakfast show host on Hits Radio. She revealed she is taking to the dance floor for her dad Malcolm East who sadly passed away in 2020.
Fleur said: "I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.
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"It’s such an honour to be on the show after years of watching it with my father who loved it so much. 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!” The I'm A Celebrity star also appeared on Lorraine for an emotional interview with temporary host Ranvir Singh.
She said: "I hope I get to dance to some of my songs… for me it’s quite emotional. My dad who passed away in 2020, Strictly was his favourite show.
"I’m going to be doing it for him. I’m just gutted he can’t see me do it, but I’m going to keep him in mind during the show… I’m excited, my family, just for that reason, will be buzzing.
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"I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up."This time it's pop star Fleur East set to take to the dancefloor and attempt to win the Glitterball.
“I wasn’t expecting to get this emotional about it.” Strictly is back on screens on Saturday, September 10.
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Strictly FIRST LOOK in new video .
Helen Skelton, Fleur East and Kym Marsh were among the stars donning their glad rags for the first video ahead of the new series of Strictly Come Dancing. It was the first chance for this year's celebrities to show off their dance moves as they shimmied for the camera in the preview clip.The contestants cut glamorous figures as they took to a dancefloor with a glitterball and boogied to the BBC ballroom show's theme tune.