Is Mol­lie King the most am­bi­tious Strictly con­tes­tant ever?

It seems for­mer Satur­days singer Mol­lie King will do any­thing to be fa­mous…

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Fol­low­ing in her old band­mate Frankie Bridge’s foot­steps, Mol­lie King was an early book­ies’ choice for vic­tory when she was an­nounced for Strictly Come Danc­ing.

And the fame-hun­gry blonde, 30, is caus­ing a stir by look­ing ex­tremely cosy with her Strictly dance part­ner, AJ Pritchard, 22.

The am­bi­tious singer, it seems, will do any­thing to be a star. From a young age, Mol­lie was de­ter­mined to see her name in lights, say­ing, ‘I’ve wanted [fame] since I was six.’

But ini­tially, it was the Olympic podium that Mol­lie had set her sights on. Af­ter im­press­ing her fam­ily with her ski­ing abil­i­ties, aged 10, she trained and com­peted with the ju­nior Bri­tish ski team for seven years.

How­ever, mu­sic soon beck­oned, and Mol­lie au­di­tioned twice for The X Fac­tor. Firstly, solo in 2005, when Sharon Os­bourne slammed her white shorts and metal­lic vest combo as ‘com­pletely in­ap­pro­pri­ate’.

Then she au­di­tioned again in 2007 with girl band Fallen An­gelz – who made it to Boot Camp. They didn’t achieve their dream, though. By the time the show aired, Mol­lie had al­ready jumped ship to au­di­tion for The Satur­days.

Mol­lie, Frankie Bridge, 28, Rochelle Humes, 28, Una Fo­den, 35, and Vanessa White, 27, were cho­sen to be moulded as ‘the new Spice Girls’ by Bri­tish record la­bel Poly­dor.

The Satur­days toured re­lent­lessly, re­leas­ing three al­bums in four years. By 2014, the girls wanted a break – well, ev­ery­one ex­cept Mol­lie.

Speak­ing two years ear­lier, she con­fessed, ‘The band is my life. The thought of it com­ing to an end is dev­as­tat­ing.’

Mol­lie then launched her solo ca­reer last year with the sin­gle Back To You, which limped just in­side the Top 40. Think­ing on her feet, she re­leased an­other sin­gle, Hair Down, just be­fore start­ing Strictly – cap­i­tal­is­ing on the danc­ing show’s pop­u­lar­ity.

Mol­lie clearly knows what she wants, say­ing re­cently, ‘I want to win. I’m very com­pet­i­tive, so watch out!’

Mol­lie on The X Fac­tor in 2005, in Fallen An­gelz (right) and on Strictly

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