Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Fleur East confirmed as 12th celebrity dancer

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Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Fleur East confirmed as 12th celebrity dancer

Fleur East has been announced as the latest celebrity to sign up for this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The former X Factor finalist and I’m A Celebrity star confirmed the news on Thursday during the Hits Breakfast Show, which she presents.

Discussing her decision to take part in the BBC dance competition, the 34-year-old Londoner revealed that her late dad was a huge factor.

She said: “I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.

Fleur East originally shot to fame on series 11 of The X Factor (Getty Images)
Fleur East originally shot to fame on series 11 of The X Factor (Getty Images)

“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.”

This year marks Strictly’s 20th anniversary which will return to BBC One in the autumn hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

The full line-up of celebrities taking part has yet to be announced.

In addition to East, other contestants so far confirmed include retired footballer Tony Adams, five-time Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Ellie Simmonds, Kiss FM DJ Tyler West, comedian Jayde Adams, Loose Women presenter Kaye Adams, Radio 2 host Richie Anderson, Hear’Say singer and soap star Kym Marsh, and former Hollyoaks actor Will Mellor.