Saturday 24 February 2018

Alexandra Burke found Aston Merrygold’s shock Strictly exit ‘heart-breaking’

Merrygold was one of the favourites to win the competition before his shock exit.

Strictly Come Dancing Launch 2017 – London
Strictly Come Dancing Launch 2017 – London

By Catherine Wyatt

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.

“Aston going was a shock. Big-time. 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

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