Shirley Ballas Reveals ‘Strictly’ First as Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola Tackle Tricky Step

A ‘Strictly’ First

Head judge Shirley Ballas has revealed an unprecedented moment on “Strictly Come Dancing.” Dancers Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola amazed both judges and viewers with their passionate Paso Doble performance to the track “Insomnia.”

A Remarkable Revelation

During the results program that followed their Saturday night performance, Vito Coppola shared that their routine included something extraordinary.

It was referred to as a “fregolina” step, a term unfamiliar to the “Strictly” audience. Shirley Ballas, in conversation with host Claudia Winkleman, praised the step as “fantastic.”

Exploring the ‘Fregolina’

Shirley Ballas delved into the intricacies of the “fregolina” step, describing it as a complex movement with a total of 28 steps within the larger figure.

This step challenges dancers with its technical demands and complexity.

Understanding Dance Steps

Shirley emphasized that dance steps in ballroom are often more intricate than they appear. While a step may seem like a single move, it can consist of numerous smaller steps.

In the case of the “fregolina,” its 28 distinct steps contribute to its difficulty.

Bravery and Skill

Shirley was pleasantly surprised by the appearance of the “fregolina” in Ellie and Vito’s performance. She commended Vito’s bravery in attempting to teach and execute the step, praising his excellent footwork.

Dazzling Performance

Ellie and Vito’s Paso Doble received high praise from the “Strictly” judges, including Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke, and Motsi Mabuse. Their impressive score of 37 out of 40 placed them among the top performers on the leaderboard.

Fan Favorites

Ellie and Vito have captured the hearts of “Strictly” fans, becoming favorites to win the coveted Glitterball trophy.

Their chemistry and skill have garnered widespread admiration on social media platforms, with fans expressing their enthusiasm for the duo.

Audience Reactions

Viewers flooded social media with comments about Ellie and Vito’s performance, highlighting their chemistry and the captivating nature of their Paso Doble.

Many viewers were thoroughly impressed with their dance, with some declaring Ellie as the standout star.

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