Who is Fleur East and when was she on X Factor? – The Sun | The Sun

SINGER Fleur East has gone from being an X Factor contestant to a famous TV and radio presenter.

Now she has swapped her microphone for the dancefloor as she enters the final stage of Strictly with pro dancer Vito Coppola.

Who is Fleur East?

Born in London on October 29, 1987, 35-year-old Fleur East is a singer, and broadcaster.

She rose to fame when she was the runner-up to Ben Haenow in The X Factor final in 2014.

Despite not winning the show, Fleur signed with Simon Cowell's Syco label in 2015.

Shortly after she released her first album, with her lead single Sax reaching number three in the UK charts.

In the same year, she announced she was collaborating with the fashion brand Lipsy London. By 2017, she parted ways with Syco and she has since signed with Hunter Corp Records.

In 2018, she reached the I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! semi-final.

Fleur has been presenting Hits Radio alongside James Barr and Greg Burns since July, 2019 and has also appeared on the 16th and 17th series of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

Is Fleur East married and does she have kids?

Fleur married Marcel Badiane-Robin in Morocco, with the Atlas Mountains as the backdrop.

The couple had been together for nine years before they tied the knot on June 8, 2019.

"It was the best day of my life, filled with so much love. A dream," the singer told Hello Magazine. "I'm just excited to call Marcel my husband. Our wedding was perfect. The weather was amazing, the skies were so clear, every single guest was invested in the day and all got on with each other." Fleur has since spoken of "the pressure to having children" as neither she nor her husband have expressed their wish of building their own family. "Everyone in my life is begging me to have kids. It's got to that stage", she told The Sun in March 2022.

For now, it seems, both lovebirds are focusing on their respective careers.

"Me and my husband are really driven and doing a lot with our own careers. He's into fashion and I'm doing 10,000 things at once."

What has Fleur East Said about joining Strictly?

On August 11, 2022 it was announced that Fleur would be taking part in Strictly 2022.

Revealing the big news on her radio show, 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. "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. "I'm doing this to make him and my family proud and can't wait to get my dancing shoes on!"

Fleur and Vito have reached the final stage of the competition and will be taking to the ballroom one last time on Saturday, December 17 in hopes of being crowned Strictly champions 2022. 

What songs has Fleur East released?

Fleur's lead single Sax from her debut album, Love, Sax and Flashbacks, reached number 3 in the UK charts. Her track More and More came out in 2015 and she performed it at the National Television Awards in 2016. Fleur released her comeback single Favourite Thing on January 4th. The singer parted ways with former mentor Simon Cowell's label Syco in 2018 – which produced her no.3 hit Sax –  and then signed with Hunter Corp Records.

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