Fleur East tops the Strictly Come Dancing leaderboard

Fleur East achieved a perfect score credit:Bang Showbiz
Fleur East achieved a perfect score credit:Bang Showbiz

Fleur East has topped the 'Strictly Come Dancing' leaderboard after receiving a perfect score from the judges.

The 35-year-old singer and her professional partner Vito Coppola wowed the judges with their Couple's Choice routine, which they performed to the sound of Destiny's Child's 'Megamix'.

Fleur and Vito were handed a perfect score of 40 out of 40 points by the judges, with Craig Revel Horwood describing their performance as "fabulous".

Fellow judge Shirley Ballas said: "It was an iconic routine that will go down in history - you were absolutely phenomenal."

Fleur - who previously appeared on 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!' - said afterwards: "I’ve always wanted to be a member of Destiny’s Child, and Vito got to be Michelle!"

Elsewhere, Helen Skelton and her partner Gorka Marquez also impressed the judging panel, as the BBC show returned to Blackpool Tower for the first time in three years.

The 39-year-old TV star and Gorka, 32, danced the Quickstep to ‘Valerie’ by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, and they earned an impressive 39 points.

Earlier in the show, Hamza Yassin and his partner Jowita Przystal performed an American Smooth to Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York'.

The duo were awarded 38 points by the judges, putting them in third place on the leaderboard, and Shirley described them as the team to beat.

She said: "Hamza, you shone brighter than all the baubles and beads and bangles in the world.

"You give Blackpool such respect, your footwork, you have dedicated yourself to tiny details. Even though it's Blackpool, you're as cool as a cucumber. You're the one to beat for me."