Mol­lie: I’m so shocked that I knocked out amaz­ing As­ton

Af­ter Strictly’s big­gest con­tro­versy, two wildly dif­fer­ing views

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Chris Hast­ings ARTS CORRESPONDENT

SATUR­DAYS star Mol­lie King has re­vealed her shock af­ter sur­viv­ing a dance-off against Strictly Come Danc­ing favourite As­ton Mer­ry­gold.

Mol­lie, 30, ad­mit­ted she thought she would be elim­i­nated when she found her­self in the bot­tom two with As­ton last week.

She said: ‘I thought it was all go­ing to be over for sure. As­ton is one of the very best dancers in the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘If it had been a very dif­fer­ent week or a dif­fer­ent dance it could have been a dif­fer­ent out­come. It is what it is. We are very grate­ful.’

As­ton’s de­par­ture from the hit BBC show was greeted with as­ton­ish­ment by view­ers last Sun­day night – and the con­tro­versy shows no sign of abat­ing.

Mol­lie also laughed off re­ports that she is hav­ing an af­fair with her 23-year-old pro­fes­sional dance part­ner, A J Pritchard.

She said: ‘I think it’s in­evitable with the show that there are al­ways ro­mance ru­mours. You have got to laugh it off.’

Asked if she found Pritchard at­trac­tive, she said: ‘I think he is lovely look­ing, isn’t he? But I don’t fancy him.’

Mol­lie and AJ last night danced a paso doble to Layla by Derek and the Domi­nos.

Mean­while, Deb­bie McGee and her part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice, who scored a per­fect 40 last week, hoped to turn heads again with a dar­ing salsa to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Boys Town Gang. Mol­lie and part­ner AJ last night

RED HOT: Deb­bie McGee and Gio­vanni Per­nice’s salsa last night

DE­FI­ANT: Strictly head judge Shirley Bal­las on the dance­floor

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