JLS’S ASTON: BACK ON THE DANCEFLOOR
ASTON Merrygold has unfinished business with Strictly. The former JLS star had barely put a foot wrong in the 2017 series when he suddenly found himself in the dreaded dance off, and kicked off the show at the half-way point.
Bookies had the young singer as a favourite to win from the start and of all the styles of dance performed in the show, Aston had achieved the highest marks for four of them.
But Aston fans will be delighted to know he is back, for one night only, in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special on Christmas Day. Here’s his take on the show:
Have you carried on dancing since you left the competition?
I have! I do it every single day but it’s nice to have different tricks and styles in the arsenal when performing so I try to add different things. I’ve been on tour with two former Strictly champions as well – Louis Smith and Harry Judd. I’m joining them and another Strictly champion, Jay McGuiness, in January in London’s West End.
How’s it to be back training with your partner Janette Manrara again?
Honestly, it’s like I never left. We picked up where we left off. It was cut too short. We’re happy to be back in the rehearsal room. Janette’s great and I’m very lucky to be able to continue the partnership we made and see if the jive works.
Who’s your biggest competition?
Caroline [Flack] won – she’s everyone’s competition! She’s the champion.
How much training have you been able to do?
Four days so far. It’s been very chilled.
Name three past Strictly contestants you’d like to have round for Christmas dinner?
That’s easy – Harry, Louis and Jay. I’m going to be with them for the best part of the next six months anyway.
What is the best thing about Christmas?
This year it’s our son’s first Christmas. We’re going to start our own new Christmas traditions – so it feels like it is exciting all over again.