‘As­ton was al­ways the BEST dancer in JLS’

But warns Strictly’s not quite so easy!

Now (UK) - - News - Words by Selina May­cock

When As­ton Mer­ry­gold hit the top of the leader­board in the first week of Strictly Come Danc­ing his fans were de­lighted.

But when we caught up with his for­mer JLS band­mate Marvin Humes, 32, at the Michael Jackson Scream al­bum launch in Lon­don, he told us As­ton still has a ‘long way to go’.

‘Of course he was the best dancer in JLS – 100 per cent,’ said Marvin. ‘He’s al­ways been a tal­ented dancer but you know what, Strictly is com­pletely dif­fer­ent. In JLS, we did R’N’B, pop, and boy­band moves and they don’t ex­ist on the ball­room floor, so he’s hav­ing to start from scratch and learn all th­ese new tech­niques and dance styles. Ob­vi­ously, he’s got rhythm but he has to learn a lot.’ At the time Now went to press it was un­known whether the 29-year-old singer had de­fended his ti­tle but nev­er­the­less, he’s got the full sup­port of his for­mer band­mates. JLS fans will re­mem­ber As­ton’s sig­na­ture back­flips dur­ing his time per­form­ing with the band, but now he’s up against some big per­son­al­i­ties and will have to sus­tain his rhythm and en­ergy to wow the judges.

‘He’s do­ing so well,’ said Marvin. ‘We’re all so proud of him – he’s in his el­e­ment, he loves it and he’s work­ing very, very hard.’ But Marvin warned, ‘It’s still early days – ob­vi­ously he did very well in the first week but there’s still a long way to go and there are some fan­tas­tic dancers in the com­pe­ti­tion.’

One of whom is Marvin’s wife’s for­mer Satur­days band­mate, Mol­lie King, 30.

The Cap­i­tal FM DJ, who has daugh­ters Alaia-mai, four, and seven-month-old Valentina with wife Rochelle, 28, added, ‘It’s a marathon not a sprint but we’ve no doubt he’s go­ing to do re­ally well and we’re all root­ing for him

a mil­lion per cent.’

Strictly Ex­clu­sive 2

Marvin (left) says As­ton has a lot to learn

JLS shot to fame on The X Fac­tor in 2008

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