Fleur East scores Strictly 2022’s first Perfect 40 when the show returns to Blackpool

Fleur East scores Strictly 2022’s first Perfect 40 when the show returns to Blackpool

Fleur east secured the first perfect 40 of this year’s series Be sure to come dance when the BBC show returned to Blackpool.

On Saturday’s episode, the competition returned to the city’s prestigious Tower Ballroom for the first time since 2019, following a pandemic-related hiatus.

Fleur received 10 points from all four judges after channeling her inner child destiny for her couple dance with partner Vito Coppola to a mega-mix of songs from the ’90s US girl group.

Dressed in a silver sequined outfit, the singer and radio DJ delivered a high-energy routine with slick moves reminiscent of the band’s former members – Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

Fleur described it as a moment that came full circle when she said she grew up listening to Destiny’s Child and they inspired her to be a singer.

Head judge Shirley Ballas said it was “an iconic routine that will go down in history” and praised her confidence in doing a dramatic lean during the routine.

Craig Revel Horwood simply described it as “fab-u-lous”.

Meanwhile, Helen Skelton and her partner Gorka Marquez finished a close second with 39 points for their Quickstep to Valerie by Amy Winehouse.

The routine nodded to Grease, with the presenter wearing a pink and black petticoat dress and Gorka wearing a leather jacket.

Shirley praised how Helen has grown and said she was speechless from the performance.

Anton Du Beke said the reaction to her dancing is why the show is coming to Blackpool, adding: “You were amazing. You were brilliant from the neck down throughout the competition. Tonight you were gorgeous from the neck up.”

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal took third place after opening the Blackpool special in sophisticated style with an elegant American Smooth to New York, New York by Frank Sinatra.

The tails-clad wildlife cameraman performed dizzying lifts and twists to achieve a 38 score.

Shirley gave him the tip to beat, saying, “Hamza shone brighter than all the balls and beads and bracelets in the world.”

Molly Rainford delivered a lively, upbeat jive to Bandstand Boogie by Barry Manilow along with her partner Carlos Gu, earning a score of 35.

Tyler West also achieved a score of 35 after salsa dancing to Megamix by KC and The Sunshine Band while wearing an afro wig and flared pants.

The Kiss FM DJ grooved and performed challenging lifts with partner Dianne Buswell, with Ballas praising him for attempting the lifts and for his fluidity, adding, “You’re a star.”

At the other end of the scoreboard was Ellie Taylor with a score of 31 for her American Smooth on Cilla Black’s You’re My World.

The dance competition got its Blackpool special off to a dazzling start with professional dancers performing in a special opening act between the seaside resort’s fun attractions.

The show opened with a dedication to the region from locals who reflected on the importance of their town’s relationship with the show.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One with the results on Sunday at 7.20pm

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