Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ Pritchard quits the show

Catherine Earp
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AJ Pritchard has quit Strictly Come Dancing.

The professional dancer revealed in a statement that he wanted to focus more on opportunities with his brother, Love Island's Curtis Pritchard.

"After four years on Strictly Come Dancing, AJ has decided the time is right to leave the show and follow his dreams to explore opportunities in the presenting world alongside his brother Curtis," it read.

"AJ would like to thank the team at Strictly and everyone at the BBC for giving him such a brilliant opportunity.

"AJ would also like to send his love and gratitude to all who have followed and supported his career. He is excited for you all to join him on the next chapter of his journey."

A statement from the BBC added: "We would like to thank AJ for four fantastic years on Strictly Come Dancing.

"He is a brilliant dancer who reached three semi-finals during his time on the show.

"He will be missed by fans and the Strictly family. We wish him all the best for the future."

AJ's decision to quit the show comes after Kevin Clifton also announced he was leaving.

Kevin explained why he wouldn't be returning to the Strictly dance floor in 2020, saying on his podcast: "I've achieved everything I wanted to achieve on the show now, in terms of winning all the trophies, but also in terms of having such an array of different celebrities.

"I'm always looking for new challenges. I'm always looking to learn and grow all the time."

Strictly will be returning to BBC One later this year.

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