Mol­lie: I’m so shocked that I knocked out amaz­ing As­ton

Af­ter Strictly’s big­gest con­tro­versy, two wildly dif­fer­ing views

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Chris Hast­ings

SATUR­DAYS star Mol­lie King has re­vealed her shock af­ter sur­viv­ing a dance-off against Strictly Come Danc­ing favourite As­ton Mer­ry­gold last week.

Ms King, 30, ad­mits she thought she was a goner when she found her­self in the bot­tom two with Mer­ry­gold – whose de­par­ture from the hit BBC show was greeted with as­ton­ish­ment by view­ers.

She said: ‘I thought it was all go­ing to be over for sure. As­ton is one of the very best dancers in the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘If it had been a very dif­fer­ent week or a dif­fer­ent dance it could have been a dif­fer­ent out­come. It is what it is. We are very grate­ful.’

The con­tro­versy sur­round­ing Mer­ry­gold’s de­par­ture has been rag­ing since his evic­tion was re­vealed last Sun­day night.

Ms King also laughed at re­ports that she was hav­ing an af­fair with her 23-yearold pro­fes­sional dance part­ner, AJ Pritchard.

She said: ‘I think it’s in­evitable with the show that there are al­ways ro­mance ru­mours. You have got to laugh it off.’

Asked if she found Pritchard at­trac­tive, she said: ‘I think he is lovely look­ing, isn’t he? But I don’t fancy him.’

Ms King and Pritchard last night danced a paso doble to Layla by Derek and the Domi­nos. Deb­bie McGee and Gio­vanni Per­nice, who scored a per­fect 40 last week, hoped to turn heads again with a dar­ing salsa to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Boys Town Gang.

RU­MOURS: Mol­lie and AJ danced a paso doble

DAR­ING: Deb­bie McGee and Gio­vanni Per­nice last night

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