Fleur East is the 12th celebrity to join the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 line-up, it’s been announced.
She’s heading in the direction of the #Strictly dance floor. Welcome pop star and presenter Fleur East!’ the announcement read.
The singer, who first rose to fame on The X Factor, said she feels ‘equally nervous and thrilled’ to join the lineup.
‘I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience,’ she said.
Fleur, 34, expressed how much it meant to her to join the show, as she used to watch it with her late father.
‘It’s such an honor to be on the show after years of watching it with my Father who loved it so much,’ she said.
‘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!’
After first competing on The X Factor as a member of the girl group Addiciv in 2005, Fleur returned nine years later on her own, finishing in second place.
Since then, her career has gone from strength to strength, scoring chart success with hits including Sax before going on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2018, where she placed fourth.
What we know about Strictly Come Dancing 2022 so far
Who are the judges?
Head judge Shirley Ballas will be joined once again by fellow judges Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.
Anton Du Beke will also be returning to judge, after it was confirmed that he would be officially replacing Bruno Tonioli.
Who are the new professional dancers?
There are four new pros joining the line-up: Vito Coppola, Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley and Michelle Tsiakkas.
Which professional dancers have left?
After the 2021 season, it was announced that fan-favorite pros Oti Mabuse and Aljaž Škorjanec would not be returning for the 2022 series.
Will there be a studio audience?
Yes – following past restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, the full studio audience is set to return this year, while the see-through dividers between the judges will also be removed.
When is the show returning?
The BBC has revealed that the launch show for the 2022 series is due to be recorded on Wednesday September 7.
Therefore, it’s likely that it will air a few days later on Saturday September 10, although the exact date of the first episode is yet to be disclosed.
Find out more about Strictly 2022 here.
A year later, she joined Hits Radio as a presenter, now hosting Hits Radio Breakfast on weekdays alongside James Barr and Matt Haslam.
She’s also frequented several other TV shows in her time, including Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and The Void.
The artist joins an already-stacked line-up of celebrities, including comedian Jayde Adams, actress Kym Marsh, singer Matt Goss and former Britain’s Got Talent star Molly Rainford.
Other contestants include Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds, comedian and actress Ellie Taylor, Loose Women panelist Kaye Adams, TV and radio presenter Richie Anderson, former England footballer Tony Adams, Kiss FM presenter Tyler West and actor Will Mellor.
This year, Anton Du Beke will officially join the judging panel in Bruno Tonioli’s place, sitting alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and head judge Shirley Ballas.
Four new professional dancers have joined the cast, while viewers will have to get used to the absence of fan-favourites Oti Mabuse and Aljaž Škorjanec after they both quit the series.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year.
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