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Strictly Come Dancing returned to BBC One at the weekend and week four proved to be a success for many of the couples. Hamza Yassin and Fleur East both scored 10s from the judges, with Hamza landing the highest score of the series so far. Yet professional dancer and Dancing With The Stars expert Gary Edwards disagreed with the feedback from the judges.

Singer Fleur East and her partner Vito Coppola came back from the dance-off with a bang on Saturday night with their Argentine Tango.

Their fiery and fierce performance left the judges and the audience in awe, with the experts saying she had come back with a vengeance.

She finished with an overall score of 38, coming second on the leaderboard behind cameraman Hamza.

The singing star was delighted, saying being in the dance-off the previous week had made her want to stay even more.

Professional dancer Gary Edwards said although her performance was very good, he felt it was too early for the judges to be giving top marks.

Speaking exclusively to he said: “The judges definitely have listened and watched what has been happening and have adapted what they have been saying.

“But it’s too early for 10s right now, they are so busy trying to get through this world of woke that they are changing what they want to actually say.

“Other than Craig [Revel Horwood] as he just says it. I wouldn’t have gone 10, because where do you go then?

“You are going to end up giving everybody 10s and it’s way too early. The audience of Strictly is so well-educated now, I see comments from no-dancers that are actually so right, they are very smart.

“I think it’s too early for 10, especially with Argentine Tango, for me, it’s so artistic, it’s as close to ballet as you can get.”

The Ballroom and Latin expert said he would have given the dance a nine.

He explained: “It didn’t blow me away, it was great but it wasn’t amazing or fantastic or awesome.

“It was just very, very good. The way I see it I’d say it was sound, the choreography is great but there are three types of Argentine Tango.

“There’s a whole story around it and I wanted to see that story. If I’m going to give a 10 I need it to blow me away.

“For me, it was just very good, I just didn’t think it was a 10.”

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The star did say he recognised Fleur’s level of talent and reiterated how she could go far in the competition.

He added: “The performance level was good, I thought it could have had more passion, it wasn’t a 10 at all.”

Fleur took to Instagram after her performance to thank her followers for their support as she landed a place in the special BBC 100th anniversary next week.

She said: “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am so grateful to all of you who voted for me and Vito to stay in the competition.

“I appreciate your support more than you know!!! I’m having the best time and do not want this to end! Excited for another week!

“Let’s do this @vitocoppola_real So much love to @maria_tsiatsiani_official and @leandropalou1 for being absolute legends! You are both amazing.”

For the BBC anniversary special, she will be dancing the Jive to Waterloo, paying homage to Abba’s victory at Eurovision.

The show will open with an epic group number that will see both the Strictly professionals and judges visit some of the biggest BBC series.

In a series first, the couples will also perform to either a classic BBC theme tune or dance in tribute to one of the BBC’s most-loved services.

Strictly Come Dancing is back on BBC One on Saturday at 6.40pm.

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