Record deal is ready to Rak

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By SU­SAN HILL JAMES ING­HAM ■ EX­CLU­SIVE By JAMES ING­HAM

MOL­LIE King thought her Strictly dream was over when she faced favourite As­ton Mer­ry­gold in the dance-off.

But fol­low­ing head judge Shirley Bal­las’ con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion to save her, Mol­lie has since spent 12 hours a day train­ing.

She says she was forced into the pun­ish­ing rou­tine in or­der to avoid mak­ing it three dance­offs in a row.

The Satur­days star, 30, was back on the dance floor last night where she per­formed a siz­zling Paso Doble to Layla with pro­fes­sional part­ner AJ Pritchard, 23, as she hopes to make it to Black­pool.

Mol­lie said: “It was a huge shock for ev­ery­body. As­ton has been one of the best dancers in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The mo­ment his name was an­nounced ev­ery­one was think­ing that they didn’t want to be in that po­si­tion with him.

“But that’s the great thing about Strictly, you don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen from week to week and that’s why it has so many view­ers.

“We feel so lucky and have been so driven this week. It’s been so tough in the dance-off and mak­ing it to Black­pool next week would be a dream.

“We have been put­ting in 12hour days in the train­ing room. We’d love to make it through more than any­thing, it re­ally would mean the world.”

Af­ter months of spec­u­la­tion, Mol­lie fi­nally ad­mit­ted that she does not fancy her hunky dance part­ner AJ de­spite ru­mours of a ro­mance.

She said: “He’s lovely looking isn’t he? But I don’t fancy him. “It’s in­evitable with the show that there’s al­ways go­ing to be ro­mance ru­mours, but we have to just laugh it off.”

AJ joked: “She’s just be­ing po­lite. What about my body and my six-pack? At least she said I have a lovely face.”

Mean­while, for­mer Strictly champ Harry Judd claims exJLS singer As­ton’s exit is the show’s big­gest shock ever.

And the McFly drum­mer also be­lieves Shirley and BBC bosses could re­gret the de­ci­sion.

Harry said: “I couldn’t be­lieve that As­ton went. I think ev­ery­one watch­ing was in to­tal shock. I think it’s the big­gest shock there’s ever been.

“It’s a shame be­cause it’s a mas­sive loss to the show.”

Strictly view­ers were fu­ri­ous with the con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion and even threat­ened to boy­cott the se­ries.

As­ton’s pal Marvin Humes said: “As­ton feels like he had more to give but he can’t do any­thing about it.”

The re­sults show is on BBC One tonight at 7.20pm. X FAC­TOR group Rak-Su will be of­fered a record deal even if they don’t win the show.

The pop­u­lar boy­band are the new book­ies’ favourite to be crowned cham­pi­ons, re­plac­ing early run­ner Grace Davies.

And we can ex­clu­sively re­veal the group, made up of Rak-Su J, Ashley Rak-Su, Pharoah­cious, and Myles Rak-Su, will land a con­tract, prob­a­bly with Si­mon Cow­ell, even if they are axed by the pub­lic vote.

Our source said: “Rak-Su will get a deal at the end of X Fac­tor un­less there’s some ma­jor catas­tro­phe.

“They’ve al­ready proved to be a ma­jor hit with view­ers. Not only have they topped viewer votes on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, they’ve also had iTunes chart suc­cess with their orig­i­nal mu­sic and are now the book­ies’ favourites.

“Si­mon is ob­vi­ously wait­ing to see how the next few weeks pan out but he’s made it clear to his team he be­lieves the group can be­come in­ter­na­tional stars as big as Lit­tle Mix. “Other la­bels are also show­ing in­ter­est in the group and if he passes on the boys there are var­i­ous la­bels ready to snap them up and po­ten­tially turn them into multi-mil­lion sell­ing artists.”

Other con­tes­tants who are front run­ners to land a record deal in­clude Grace Davies, Kevin Davy White and Lloyd Macey.

Our source added: “Grace is an­other con­tes­tant prac­ti­cally as­sured a deal so long as she sur­vives a few more weeks.

“La­bels are also keep­ing a close eye on Kevin and Lloyd.”

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