Strictly Come Dancing could be faced with another potential argument when it emerged Fleur East was allowed to repeat her dance-off performance after falling.
The X Factor singer, 35, and her professional partner Vito Coppola joined EastEnders star James Bye, 38, and Amy Dowden in Sunday’s dreaded dance-off, with the actor eventually being sent home.
However, it has been claimed that Fleur started dancing again after a horrific fall in which she “fell” on her partner, with the moment not being broadcast or mentioned on the results show.
Drama: Strictly Come Dancing could be faced with another potential argument when it emerged Fleur East was allowed to repeat her dance-off performance after falling
The Sun reports that the saxo hitmaker tripped over her prop and tripped her dance partner during her Salsa to Break My Soul by Beyoncé, with the decision they were allowed to start again once they had been checked out by medics.
A source said: “It was a deeply unfortunate incident and not Fleur’s or Vito’s fault at all. About five seconds later, when she was about to pull Vito in the support chair, her legs slipped.
‘She fell and took Vito with her. They landed incredibly hard – it was quite shocking and the audience gasped audibly. Poor Fleur looked stunned and devastated and no one really knew what was happening on or off stage.
“Eventually the warm-up guy came and spoke to the audience while Fleur and Vito were checked out. They started dancing again and apparently this second version aired. There was also no indication of the fall from the judges.’
Close call: The X Factor singer, 35, and her professional partner Vito Coppola joined EastEnders star James Bye, 38, and Amy Dowden in Sunday’s feared dance-off, with the actor eventually being sent home
The source added to the publication that competitor James was “not at all bothered” by Fleur’s second chance and that he “really believed” she was the better dancer of the night.
However, it is said that the other attendees backstage were “pretty stunned” by what had happened, and the insider added that it’s “not exactly a live performance” with Stars allowing “another crack of the whip.” be.
Web has reached out to representatives from Strictly Come Dancing for comment.
A BBC spokesman told The Sun: “Following an incident involving a prop at the start of Fleur and Vito’s dance-off performance, the decision was made to drop proceedings to verify they were not injured.
Oh no: However, it has been claimed that Fleur started her dance again after a horrific fall in which she ‘fell’ on her partner, with the moment not being broadcast or mentioned on the results show
Accident: The sax hitmaker fell over her prop and tripped her dance partner during Beyoncé’s Salsa to Break My Soul, with the decision they were allowed to start again once they were checked out by medics
“Since they had not started dancing prior to the incident, it was decided that they could resume performing once it was confirmed that they were capable of doing so.”
After both couples danced a second time amid the Halloween special, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke delivered their verdict, with all four deciding to save Fleur.
It comes after Fleur was embroiled in a sexism row involving Chief Justice Shirley Ballas last month, with Fleur stepping in to defend the Queen of Latin.
Good: The source added to the publication that competitor James was “not at all bothered” by Fleur’s second chance and that he “really believed” she was the better dancer of the night
The 62-year-old TV judge revealed during the show’s second dance-off that she would have opted to save radio star Richie Anderson over the singer, despite Fleur receiving a better score for her performance.
And after Shirley faced a barrage of criticism for her choice and for her alleged “sexist” comments on the show, Fleur came to her defense, branding the backlash “really unfair”.
The former X Factor star opened up about her shock at the criticism Shirley has faced, adding that she has “utmost respect” for her and the other judges.
Relief: After both couples danced a second time, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke announced their verdicts, with all four deciding to save Fleur
Alongside claims she prefers male contestants on the show, Shirley has been accused of “having favourites, whether they have talent or not”, with many arguing Fleur was a better dancer than Richie.
She was also attacked for flirty comments about male contestants after calling Will Mellor “easy on the eyes”.
Fans have since defended the TV personality against the ‘Über Wake’ brigade, pointing out that her role on the show is to be a judge and criticize to help the celebrities improve.
The remaining ten couples will next hit the dance floor when Strictly Come Dancing returns at 7pm on Saturday 5 November, with the results being shown on BBC One on Sunday 6 November at 7.15pm.
STRICTLY COM DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS?
Occupation: Coronation Street star and presenter
Kym says, “I’m so happy they made it this year! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’ll be watching from home in my pajamas and actually dancing in front of the judges in a glitter dress.
Profession: Former athlete
Ellie says, “Being asked to join the Strictly family is just so exciting and I can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun.”
Profession: Radio DJ
Tyler says, “It’s a show that means so much to me and my family, and I can’t wait to get some serious dancing on this shiny dance floor…with a side full of sequins.”
Ellie says, “Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of Strictly 2022!’
TONY ADAMS MBE
Profession: Retired footballer and manager
Tony says: “To say I’m excited is an understatement – the allure of the sequins and the reputation of salsa make me trade in my battered old football boots for a pair of Strictly Soft shoes.”
Will says: “I know it’s going to be a big challenge, but that’s what life is about. It’s my mom’s favorite show too and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing it for her too. Bring it on!’
Molly says, “I already know it’s going to be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family who I’ll be sharing it with.”
Fleur says, “I’m equally nervous and excited to be a part of this year’s Strictly line-up. I look forward to learning new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.”
Profession: wildlife cameraman and moderator
Hamza says, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be on Strictly 2022. Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be on such a cool show.”
Profession: TV and radio station
Helen says: “I’m really looking forward to embarking on a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started.