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

Af­ter Strictly’s big­gest con­tro­versy, two wildly dif­fer­ing views

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

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

Mol­lie, 30, ad­mit­ted that 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 Strictly. If it had been a dif­fer­ent week, it could have been a dif­fer­ent out­come.’

As­ton’s de­par­ture from the hit BBC1 show was greeted with as­ton­ish­ment by view­ers.

Mol­lie also laughed off re­ports that she is hav­ing an af­fair with her pro­fes­sional dance part­ner, AJ Pritchard.

She said: ‘I think it’s in­evitable with the show that there are al­ways ro­mance ru­mours. You have got to laugh it off. I think he is lovely look­ing, but I don’t fancy him.’

Mol­lie and AJ, 23, last night danced a paso doble to Layla by Derek and the Domi­nos – but they scored only 22 points, putting them at risk of an­other dance-off.

Mean­while, Deb­bie McGee and her part­ner Gio­vanni Per­nice could not match their per­fect 40 of last week, but still scored a strong 35 with a dar­ing salsa to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

Com­ing joint top of the leaderboard were Alexan­dra Burke and part­ner Gorka Mar­quez, and Davood Ghadami and Nadiya By­chkova, who both scored 38 from the judges.

Deb­bie McGee and Gio­vanni Per­nice’s salsa last night Mol­lie and part­ner AJ last night RO­MANCE RU­MOURS: RED HOT:

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