Mer­ry­gold’s Strictly exit heart­break­ing, says Burke

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ALEXAN­DRA Burke has opened up about how “heart-break­ing” it was to per­form on Strictly Come Danc­ing with­out friend As­ton Mer­ry­gold.

The ex-JLS star was one the favourites to win the com­pe­ti­tion when he was con­tro­ver­sially sent pack­ing the week be­fore last.

The 29-year-old made his exit af­ter judge Shirley Bal­las had the fi­nal, cast­ing vote – fol­low­ing a dance off with Mol­lie King.

Burke, who won the X Fac­tor in the same year JLS were run­ners up, wrote in the Ra­dio Times: “Satur­day was heart-break­ing, to be hon­est. I’m very close to As­ton and pre­par­ing for the live show with­out him was re­ally hard.

“As­ton go­ing was a shock. Big­time. See­ing some­one so tal­ented leave the com­pe­ti­tion re­minded us all that it could be any one of us.”

Af­ter Mer­ry­gold’s shock exit, Burke wrote on Twit­ter: “Truly sad to see you both go.”

Mer­ry­gold and part­ner Janette Man­rara were forced to per­form in the dance off af­ter judge Craig Revel Hor­wood gave them a measly four points for their Vi­en­nese Waltz.

Singer Burke is now one of the favourites to win the BBC show, fin­ish­ing joint top of the leader­board on Satur­day with 38 points af­ter per­form­ing the first Ar­gen­tine Tango of the se­ries.

She will join the other seven re­main­ing con­tes­tants for a special show filmed at the ball­room danc­ing cap­i­tal Black­pool.

The Ra­dio Times is out now

> Alexan­dra Burke has opened up about how ‘heart­break­ing’ it was to per­form on Strictly Come Danc­ing with­out friend As­ton Mer­ry­gold, right

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