Strictly's Fleur East opens up on partner being ‘so mean’ during rehearsals

On Tuesday’s instalment of the Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two, host Janette Manrara spoke to Fleur East and Vito Coppola about their most recent dance routine. Touching on their Rumba performance, the former X Factor star revealed Vito was mean to her when they were learning the dance.

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!

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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