Why saved Mol­lie was shocked by As­ton vote

Singer on her sur­prise sur­vival in TV dance-off that left fans reel­ing

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By Bill Gibb BGIBB@SUN­DAY­POST.COM

Strictly star Mol­lie King has ad­mited she thought her dance­floor dream was over – be­fore be­ing saved in last week’s re­sults shocker.

In what has been called the big­gest sur­prise in the show’s his­tory, As­ton Mer­ry­gold, 29, was elim­i­nated last week af­ter end­ing up in the dance-off.

Mol­lie, 30, says hav­ing to face him made her think her time on the show may be up.

“I def­i­nitely thought it could be over,” said Mol­lie.

“It was a huge shock that As­ton was in the dance-off.

“I don’t think he should have been in it be­cause it’s ob­vi­ous that he has been one of the best dancers in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The minute he was an­nounced as the first one in the dance-off every­one here was def­i­nitely think­ing that no­body wanted to be in it with him.

“If it had been a dif­fer­ent week or a dif­fer­ent dance it could have been a very dif­fer­ent out­come.

“We’re very grate­ful and we feel very lucky to be through.”

The shock elim­i­na­tion led to a so­cial me­dia back­lash against judge Craig Revel Hor­wood for giv­ing the JLS singer a score of just four and against new head judge Shirley Bal­las whose cast­ing vote car­ried the day.

But Mol­lie in­sists she’s not wor­ried about any pos­si­ble back­lash from dis­grun­tled view­ers.

It’s the sec­ond week in a row that Mol­lie has been in the bot­tom two with pro part­ner AJ Pritchard, 23.

And with next week’s show be­ing the an­nual high­light from Black­pool, she says she’s stepped up her train­ing in the hope of avoid­ing mak­ing it a hat-trick on tonight’s re­sults show.

“It’s so tough be­ing in the dance­off and mak­ing Black­pool would be an ab­so­lute dream,” said Mol­lie, who danced a Paso Doble last night to Layla by Derek and the Domi­noes.

“We have been putting in 12 hours ev­ery day this week to try and do this dance the best we pos­si­bly can. “More than any­thing we’d just love to get through.”

AJ said that de­spite Mol­lie’s mis­giv­ings last week he told her that if she elim­i­nated a small mis­take in her orig­i­nal dance she would go through.

And he has been driv­ing her harder than ever to make sure they make it to the home of ball­room next Satur­day.

“I’ve said to Mol­lie that we’re go­ing to leave it all on the floor and there will be no hold­ing back,” said AJ.

Mol­lie says the dawn-to-dusk train­ing ses­sions have left her feel­ing the fittest she’s ever been and she’s happy to show off her toned shape in the some­times skimpy out­fits.

There was spec­u­la­tion this week that the pair were more than just dance part­ners af­ter be­ing pic­tured out to­gether.

But Mol­lie was keen to quash the gos­sip.

“I think it’s in­evitable with the show that you get ro­mance ru­mours,” adds Mol­lie. “We just have to laugh it off. “He is lovely look­ing but I don’t fancy him.”

We’re very grate­ful and feel very lucky to be through.”

Mol­lie has been train­ing hard to make it through this week­end

As­ton Mer­ry­gold and Janette Man­rara af­ter be­ing voted off the show last week

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