Fleur East’s Strictly partner Vito forced to cut off her toenail after horror dance injury
9th December 2022

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Fleur East revealed that her dance partner Vito Coppola was forced to cut off one of her toenails after horror injury.

The pair appeared on Lorraine on Friday morning where she told the host how Vito helped her through the injury, which she sustained during training.

She told Lorraine Kelly: “I lost my big toenail a few weeks back. Vito clipped it off for me.”

Lorraine replied: “That is friendship,” before Vito joked: "She made the transformation. Now she’s becoming a real dancer.”

Fleur also admitted that she has "bruises everywhere" after practicing for weeks to appear on the live shows of the programme every Saturday night.

Lorraine told Fleur: “You’re such a trooper. I think you’ve got such a brilliant, brilliant chance.”

Although they faced competing in the dreaded dance off last week, Fleur and Vito are one of four couples that will compete in the semi-final of the show on Saturday, which will see the contestants perform two dances for the first time this season.

While the remaining contestants thankfully have one extra day to prepare – with Strictly airing on Sunday this week due to the World Cup – the pressure is still on.

With the stakes higher than ever, the remaining couples, who include Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal, Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez and Will Mellor and Nancy Xu, are gearing up for their biggest show ever at the weekend.

Eager to secure their place in the Strictly grand final on 17 December, Fleur and Vito will finally get to perform the most energetic and fun dance of all, the Charleston, to Too Vuo' Fa La'Americano by Fiorello.

And with a change in pace, they will also perform a Paso Doble to Moloko hit track The Time Is Now.

In the beginning of November, the worst possible thing happened as Fleur suffered a brutal fall during the first round due to a prop blunder.

A spokesperson confirmed the news as they told OK! magazine: "After an incident with a prop at the beginning of Fleur and Vito’s dance off performance, the decision was made to halt proceedings to check they were not injured, as a matter of urgency."

It was later decided that the pair were allowed to restart their performance after medics made sure they had not suffered any injuries, as they hadn't started dancing at the time of the accident.


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