X Factor star Fleur East has revealed that she signed up for Strictly Come Dancing in honour of her late father – and said she has been warned to "stay away" from the dreaded Strictly curse.
The singer and radio presenter claims the pair used to love watching the BBC dance show together.
However Malcolm – whom she called ‘‘Daddy East’’ – died of a heart attack in 2020.
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And yesterday she vowed to make him proud with her appearance on Strictly.
Fleur, who announced her appearance on Strictly on her Hits Radio programme yesterday, said: ‘‘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 just gutted he can’t see me do it, but I’m going to keep him in mind during the show.
‘‘I’m doing this to make him and my family proud and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on! I hope I get to dance to some of my songs.’’
Fleur – who scored hits with Sax and More and More – admits that having been a stage performer puts pressure on her as viewers will expect her to be good.
She added: “There’s too much pressure, I’m so nervous.
‘‘I can dance in the club and when I’m singing on stage, but I have never done any technical dancing, so I don’t know anything ballroom, how to point a toe or anything like that. This is a completely different level.’’
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Fleur is no stranger to TV shows.
She has appeared on I’m A Celebrity, Don’t Rock The Boat, The Void, Saturday Night Takeaway, Ted Lasso, I Can See Your Voice and the CBBC show Almost Never.
Even she is happily married to Marcel Badiane Robin, her radio co-stars joked that she needed to keep away from the show’s ‘‘love curse’’.
She giggled: ‘‘Pray for me.’’
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