Mol­lie’s 12-hour prac­tice to stay an­other Satur­day

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY JA­NINE YAQOOB Act­ing TV Ed­i­tor

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.

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“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.

Needs sparkle

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

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