AJ Pritchard eyes Strictly Come Dancing judge role

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AJ Pritchard credit:Bang Showbiz
AJ Pritchard credit:Bang Showbiz

AJ Pritchard would love return to 'Strictly Come Dancing' as a judge.

The 26-year-old pro dancer wouldn't want to step back on the show's dancefloor again, but he would be tempted back to the BBC Latin and ballroom series if a panellist role became vacant.

Speaking to William Hill, he said: “I’ve done my four years as a professional and loved every aspect of the show. Maybe I’ll come back in a different capacity one day.

"If a judge unfortunately gets COVID and they need somebody last minute, I’m always here to smile and wave and give my very honest opinion.”

AJ also hit out at LBC's Steve Allen, after the radio DJ described current 'Strictly' contestant Tilly Ramsay as "a chubby little thing".

He said: “It’s just not necessary. For me personally, I see somebody learning a new skill and putting themselves out there in a positive way.

"She is showing young people that they can achieve things that they maybe thought they couldn't achieve, whether that be dancing or not dancing.

“There are so many more positive things you can talk about. So I feel, like, for her. She quite clearly brushed it to the side, got rid of that negativity and turned it into a positive. So many people are loving her performances and seeing how she's doing.”

AJ has tipped his namesake AJ Odudu and her pro partner Kai Widdrington as being "tough to beat" on this year's series.

When asked who he is backing to win this year's Glitterball Trophy, he added: "I think it's still up in the air.

"I like John [Whaite] and Johannes [Radebe], they are so powerful together as a couple dancing. You can't deny that power, especially that Paso Doble they did.

"Then you have AJ and Kai whose dances have been beautiful.

"They have the Viennese Waltz coming up which I think will be very strong. If they can keep improving, they'll be tough to beat."

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