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Fleur East reveals motivation for Strictly Come Dancing 2022

The 34-year-old singer and presenter got here in second on The X Consider 2014 and has since launched a profession on radio and TV.

She mentioned her upcoming stint on the favored BBC One collection, which returns Friday night time, might be in reminiscence of Malcolm.

Explaining why she wished to do Strictly, the previous I am A Movie star star mentioned: “First, it is the perfect present ever. Second, for me it is a private motive, my dad handed away in 2020 and this was his favourite present.

“He was even aggravated that he needed to miss Strictly once I was on The X Issue as a result of they had been enjoying on the identical time.

“After I determined whether or not or to not do it, I spoke to my sister and she or he jogged my memory of Dad watching it on a regular basis and that was instantly the deciding issue, in order that’s my motivation for doing it.”

Requested who her greatest competitors might be, she mentioned: “After watching the present for years, you may’t predict who will do nicely, so I believe I will deal with myself.

“I am so strict with myself anyway, I do know I will be wanting again at the whole lot I’ve executed to tear it aside and attempt to compete with my final efficiency.

“That is perhaps a tacky reply, however I actually cannot choose anybody as a result of everybody might be totally different, everybody has their very own story, everybody has their very own motive and it is plenty of totally different personalities.”

Hits Radio Breakfast Present host East is one in every of 15 well-known faces hitting the dance flooring this yr, joined by TV host Helen SkeltonEastEnders actor James Bye and former England footballer Tony Adams.

Additionally within the lineup are Ted Lasso actress Ellie Taylor, Paralympic swimming gold medalist Ellie Simmonds, Two Pints ​​Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps actor Will Mellor, Unfastened Girls star Kaye Adams and Coronation Road actress Kym Marsh .

They’re joined by Bros singer Matt Goss, Kiss radio presenter Tyler West, Britain’s Acquired Expertise finalist Molly Rainford, comic and actress Jayde Adams, Wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza Yassin and BBC Radio 2’s Richie Anderson.

Strict judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and chief choose Shirley Ballas additionally all return, together with presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, for the present’s twentieth collection.

This yr’s lineup of pros options 4 new faces, alongside returning favorites equivalent to final yr’s winner Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Dianne Buswell, Katya Jones, Nadiya Bychkova, Johannes Radebe and extra.

After the demise of the Queen, the launch date was postponed for every week till after the monarch’s state funeral on September 19.

The TV competitors was set to return to the display on September 17, however the launch present will now air on September 23, adopted by the primary reside present on September 24.

Strictly Come Dancing will launch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 7pm on Friday 23 September.

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