Mollie’s 12-hour practice to stay another Saturday
will be a struggle. “The hardest thing will be being away from my family,” she said. “When not on stage and occupied, Mila is all I think about.
“Other mums have to go out and work so I’m no different. I’m very lucky to be able to have so much time off and spend the time with Mila. I want to create some legacy and hopefully something Mila will be proud of when she’s older.”
Kristina says advice from Ruth Langsford – now competing on Strictly – helped her through the worries. She said: “When MOLLIE King has been training 12 hours a day in a desperate effort to avoid another dance-off. The ex-Saturdays singer upped her regime after last week’s boy band-girl group clash with JLS’s Aston Merrygold. But as Aston’s shock exit sparked a backlash among his fans, Mollie, 30, and dance partner AJ Pritchard, 23, vowed not to be out next. The pair say they are determined to stay in for next week’s Blackpool awayday. And Mollie admitted: “It’s tough being in the dance-off. Making Blackpool I’m away I feel so bad. The best advice I got was from Ruth on Loose Women. She said, ‘I know what you’re going through. I was the same with my son Jack. “‘Just remember, babies will hardly even remember the early years. You can drive yourself insane but at the end of the day you are providing for your family.’ “She was so right. I choked a bit, I needed to hear that.” Kristina, who has danced since childhood, admits she was racked with selfdoubt would be a dream.” Last night the couple danced the paso doble to Eric Clapton’s Layla.
Mollie described Aston’s departure with partner Janette Manrara as “a huge shock for everybody”, adding: “It’s obvious he was one of the best in it. “As soon as he was announced in the dance-off no one wanted to be in with him.
“We’re so grateful and lucky to be through.”
She and AJ sparked romance rumours due to their tactile displays on and off the dancefloor.
Mollie has been single since splitting last year with model David Gandy, 32. But while agreeing AJ was “lovely looking”, Mollie said: “Rumours are inevitable with the show. We laugh it off.”
AJ said of the strict schedule: “Everything aches this week.
“Mollie’s flying from end to end of the room. I’ve got her on the floor, twisting her around. It’s physically her hardest routine.” after becoming a mum. She said: “I felt insecure and was worried I’d never get back to dancing. I thought my body wouldn’t cut it after having a child.
“I’ve got a different perspective now. Being a dancer, you’re quite selfish.”
Kristina will take to the stage alongside former Strictly dancer Robin Windsor and X Factor singer Chris Maloney.
She revealed: “I wanted a show just like Strictly, appealing to every generation.
“We have the evolution of dance from the 20s to modern day. It’s got everything from the Charleston to break dancing.”
Kristina has been critical of the show since leaving last year, calling it “gimmicky”. She said: “I feel the balance has gone, it’s like a Vegas show now.
“Their focus is on the razzmatazz for every single dance. That simplicity has gone. It’s like it’s Halloween every week.”
But she says she is now looking forward to visiting Christmas markets, joined by Ben’s girls. She said: “They are incredible sisters to Mila – and she adores them.” dance floor like a pro. The lifts and flips were fantastic. He looked like he was having a ball. This fun routine scored him a personal best of 38.
Oh dear! Poor Gemma Atkinson suffered so much rotation sickness in her Viennese Waltz with Alijaz the only feeling she managed to convey was nausea! Performed to You Don’t Have To say You Love Me, this dance provided a Cinderella moment when she lost a shoe. She was lucky to score 28.
KIDS Kristina and Ben