Strictly Come Dancing: Fleur East reacts to shock of bottom two votes

Fleur East was ‘very nervous’ as she faced the Strictly dance-off (Image: PA/BBC)

Fleur East has revealed his immediate reaction to finding himself the dreaded Strictly dance off in the weekend.

That X factor star was in the bottom two on Strictly Come Dancing results show on Sunday night and she had to face fellow fan favorite Richie Anderson to retain his place in the BBC competition.

Appearing on her own Hits Radio Breakfast Show on Monday, she admitted she was shocked when her name was called.

She said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. Of course you know someone is going to be called, but as soon as you hear your name it’s like “oh no”.

‘There was so much technique in my dance and three scary lifts and I remember after I danced on Saturday I was like “whew, done it now, I can relax a bit and think about the next dance” .

“But as soon as I knew I was in the bottom two, I thought “Oh no, I have to do it again. I have to do all those lifts again. And with extra pressure!” So I was very nervous; very, very nervous.’

Fleur and Vito were in the bottom two with Rchie and Giovanni (Image: Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

She admitted her professional dance partner Vito Coppola helped her focus on the ‘positive’ by pointing out she would ‘get to be Ariel again’, with her American Smooth routine set to Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid .

‘Vito just looked at me and said, ‘well you’re going to be Ariel again’ and it’s a great dance to dance so it’s really cool that I get to do it again and I guess that’s what I’m going to take as a positive,’ she explained.

‘I’m so happy and grateful that the judges saved us as I’m not ready to stop dancing with Vito. We’re just getting started!’

Fleur and Vito dance the American smooth once again (Image: BBC/PA)
Tess Daly chatted to Richie and Giovanni as they left the competition (Image: BBC/Guy Levy)

Her comments come after the Mirror reported that Fleur was emotional and started crying after the dance when the cameras stopped rolling.

An insider told the show: ‘There was an audible gasp in the studio when Fleur’s name was called for the dance. All the pros and celebs looked so shocked and Fleur was clearly devastated.

‘She held it all together like a real pro, but after she and Vito were sent through by the judges and the cameras were off, she started to cry. Vito comforted her, but it was clear she was really upset – as were the other celebs.’

She and Vito have survived to dance another week, while Richie and his pro partner Giovanni Pernice were eliminated after judges Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and Motsi all voted to save Fleur.

Chief judge Shirley has angered some viewers after she was then asked who she would have chosen, admitting: “Well, with the two couples the public put in the bottom two, I would have saved Richie and Giovanni.”

Meanwhile, Fleur posted a message on Instagram after the episode, thanking the judges for saving her and admitting she was ‘so sad’ to see Richie go.

She wrote: ‘So grateful to be saved by the judges this week. But so sad to say goodbye to my friend @iamrichieanderson 😔 – thank you so much for your messages of support. We will work harder this week and give our absolute best on the dance floor.’ has contacted reps for the BBC and Fleur East for comment.

Listen to Fleur East on The Hits Radio Breakfast Show every morning from 06.00 to 10:00 a.m

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