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Almost every couple on Strictly Come Dancing are forced to face rumours in some way, shape or form.

The show has only been on air for a handful of weeks but people are already gossiping about which couples have paired up off the dance floor.

AJ Pritchard and Saffron Barker are one of the couples who have been hit with romance rumours, but the professional dancer swiftly shut them down in an interview with OK! Magazine.


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AJ, who has been dating fellow dancer Abbie since the summer, said: “Everyone wants to know about my relationship status, but I'm very happy with Abbie.

"You know you're going to be asked certain questions, even when you say you don't want to answer. When it comes to that sort of thing it doesn't really bother me because I know who I am, so does Abbie,” he explained.

Abbie said that some of the routines can look intimate, but since she’s a professional dancer, she completely understands that it is just work for her beau.


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Abbie even hopes Saffron stays in touch with AJ: "I hope AJ stays friends with her, and I get to know her more. They're so good together.

"As I'm a dancer, too, I understand that things can look a bit dodgy – I have to dance with guys all the time as well."


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AJ and Saffron topped the judges leaderboard this weekend and are becoming firm favourites with the public. The dancer praised Saffron’s hard work, "Saffron is a great partner – so hard working and a genuine fan of Strictly. This is probably my favourite year on the show."


Kevin Clifton isn't holding his opinions back about his Strictly Come Dancing co-star AJ Pritchard, suggesting that the fellow professional dancer tried to steal Stacey Dooley for himself last year.

Appearing on a one-off Strictly special, which will air on Saturday night, Kevin speaks about the process of the dancers and contestants testing their compatibility with a 'speed dance'.

The dance features the celebrities and professionals dance briefly with each other, before they're placed in their various partnerships.


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According to The Sun, Kevin claims he was ‘going for it’ with Stacey while they were dancing in a salsa circle, but AJ later swooped in and tried to pull Stacey away for a one-on-one talk.

"Last year with Stacey in the salsa circle, I was going for it… overdoing it," Kevin says.

"At one point, we were on a coffee break and AJ interrupted us in the middle of us talking and took her away," he added. "He wanted to get to know her and see what she was about."


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"I was like, “It’s not Love Island mate!”‘ Kevin managed to fend off AJ's advances and he was picked to be Stacey's partner for last years show.

The duo went on to win the Glitterball trophy, before confirming their romance three months later following Stacey's split from ex-boyfriend Sam Tucknott.

The pair insist on remaining tight-lipped about their private life.


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In an interview with The Guardian, Stacey said:

"Kev and I agreed not to go into too much detail about our private lives because you can’t really indulge that and then ask for privacy. What I am happy to say is Kev’s amazing. I’m happy, life happens. I’ve got an amazing career and I’m very lucky."

Kevin is partnered with Anneka Rice on this year's Strictly, but was recently forced to deny claims that he’s "fuming" with the pairing and insisted he’s having a "wicked time" with Anneka in rehearsals.

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Curtis Pritchard has opened up about why himself and Maura didn't have sex in the Love Island villa, and it makes plenty of sense.

Viewers were confused when Curtis kept rebuffing Maura's advances in bed, shutting down any chance of the pair consummating their relationship in the house.

In a joint interview with the Mail Online after the show ended, Curtis revealed the real reason behind his actions (or lack thereof).

"I want her and only her to experience it," Curtis told the publication. "We are in a bedroom with 14 other people!"

Maura echoed Curtis’ reason, admitting that Curtis was aware of how loud Maura might get; "I think it was more people hearing, he knows how loud I am." 

The couple are back home and will have the opportunity to spend some quality alone time together away from the cameras, much to Maura's delight.

"No, we’ve not had a chance! Let’s just say, I’m sure we’ll get it done."

Many people assumed that Curtis rejected Maura’s sexual advances so that he can keep the opportunity alive of working for Strictly Come Dancing. Having sex on TV can harm such chances.

His brother AJ is part of the professional line-up, so it makes sense that he'd want to join him. When asked about his interest in the popular show, he said:

"First time I’ve heard of it, but I’d never close the door! I’d love to work with my brother he’s one of my idols."

Maura and Curtis came in fourth place in Monday night's live final of Love Island, behind Ovie and India, Molly and Tommy and winners Greg O'Shea and Amber Gill.

Maura admits that it wasn’t the outcome she expected, throwing her support behind her best friend from the villa;

‘I’m not going to lie, I was shocked. I love Greg and Amber but Tommy and Molly-Mae were in love.

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AJ Pritchard has jumped to his brother's defence after last night's explosive episode of Love Island, where Anna Vakili branded Curtis Pritchard a 'narcissist'.

The pharmacist blasted fellow islander Curtis after he told her boyfriend Jordan Hames to pull India Reynolds aside to confess his feelings for her behind Anna's back.

Professional dancer Curtis encouraged Jordan to act on his emotions, even though Hames had only asked Anna to be his girlfriend two days previously.

Of course, the entire WORLD wondered what on earth Curtis was thinking when he gave Jordan that appalling advice.

Irish charmer Greg won the episode by asking him; "What was your thought process behind that?" The legend jumped out.

Anna was understandably raging at Curtis after she discovered what he'd done.

Maura was none too pleased with him when he couldn't tell her how he would act if he landed in the same situation as Jordan.

Curtis even told Maura that Jordan was BRAVE to confess his feelings to India. Why does anyone go to him for advice, honestly? His behaviour with Amy alone should have sent up red flares.

28-year-old Anna fumed at Curtis for his advice to Jordan last night, saying: "I just don't know if you are a good person really, because good people don't move like that.

"You move like you're such a good person and you're not. A good person would never say to anybody to do that to their other half," she continued.

"Do you not care about me a little bit? I have been living with you for the past two months, you obviously don't care about me. You're a narcissist, that's my opinion of you." YES BISH.

After hearing Anna’s comments, Curtis’ younger bother, Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard took to Twitter to leap to his defence.

The 24-year-old seemed to suggest that Anna did not truly understand the meaning of the word. He wrote: “Does Anna know the definition of narcissistic?

"Narcissist: Having or showing an excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one's physical appearance. #loveisland @loveisland.” Shadier than a palm tree.

Maura Higgins also quizzed Curtis on the advice he gave out. saying; “So in this situation, if I was your girlfriend, you would do the same thing?”

"I don’t know what I’d do in that situation,” Curtis replied. “Oh wow,” Maura said, as she gets up to walk away from him, adding: “That’s great, that’s great”. The man needs to find the door.

What do you think, are you team Pritchard Bros or Team Anna/The Rest of the World?

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Curtis Pritchard has caused his fair share of chaos in the Love Island villa since Amy departed for Casa Amor, and he's not exactly earning many fans either.

He admitted to his 'half-girlfriend' Amy Hart that he was "lying to himself" about their relationship, and that he actually wanted to recouple with new girl Jourdan while Amy was staying loyal at Casa Amor.

Twitter were firmly Team Amy, who was absolutely broken-hearted to hear that her first love didn't feel the same way, and that she was "second best once again".

Curtis' famous brother AJ Pritchard has now had his say in the whole debacle, disagreeing with the rest of the Love Island boys' advice to avoid Amy for the day.

AJ wrote on Twitter: "Don’t give Amy space bro." Molly-Mae sat Curtis down last night and begged him to give her some space to process the difficult news, and Maura encouraged her to end things.

Speaking on Lorraine today, AJ said: "It's hard seeing him and seeing it from the bigger picture."


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He added: "Curtis wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s so honest, he literally can’t lie and that’s sometimes his downfall, sometimes I feel like, ‘Just say it this way, it’ll come across maybe nicer than the way you’ve said it…’”

The other girls are blocking Amy from talking to him," he explains. "My advice was just talk to Amy."

AJ also mentioned his disbelief at Curtis' alleged 'cheating': "It’s been portrayed that he’s kind of cheated on her, whereas realistically, yes he kissed another girl, but that was in a task."


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"She does need to trust in Curtis, I know it's hard," AJ said.

Asked whether he thought Curtis should stick with Amy, the dancer and performer said: "I think he should stay with Amy. Curtis does what he feels and he wants to get back with her. 100 percent yeah, she's a gorgeous girl."

Celebrities such as Stacey Solomon even tweeted her support for the air hostess, writing:

"Ok Amy I need to hug you. Honestly if the producers at Love Island can help make this happen I’d really appreciate it. My hormones aren’t allowing me to get over what I just saw 'back up plan'."


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Explaining his feelings to Amy after she returned from Casa Amor, Curtis told her:

"I realised that I had been lying to myself, I'd been lying to everybody and worst of all I'd been lying to you… Our relationship has stuff we need to work on, it really does and I've lied and said it hasn't."

Later in the Beach Hut, Amy sobbed: "My whole life I've been looking for someone who accepts me for me and I truly thought I'd found that and I thought you'd found that in me… Where do I go from here?"

Curtis was left sleeping alone in the day bed outside, while Amy couldn't stop crying after suffering her first real heartbreak on national television. AJ needs to give his bro better advice than that…

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We genuinely thought that reality television stars in this day and age earned their fare share of cash, otherwise why are they so hell-bent on staying relevant?

Apparently not this year. According to The Daily Star, the stars of 2019's Love Island will be paid just £250 a week this summer. That's not even minimum wage, so it's fairly surprising.

Thousands of young men and women have applied to appear on the ITV2 show this year, despite the recent suicides of ex-contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon.

The winners of the cash prize receive £50,000… which is quite the step up from their weekly wages. Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham won the competition last year, and earned plenty more through sponsorships and appearances,

However, some past contestants claim the show fails to properly prepare the participants for the difficulties of appearing in public and on social media.

Mental health struggles, trolling and depression have been raised as issues which the series allegedly contributes to. Many who made the final line-up have quit their jobs or been granted extended leave to join the Spanish villa, but is it worth it?


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The Daily Star have affirmed that the ITV bosses are paying the islanders just £250 a week to  “compensate” for giving up time to be on the show. If they last the entire eight weeks, they bag £2,000, which isn't much.

The majority of contestants only last a couple of days, and get just £250 as a result. One source said: “Everyone now knows that stepping into that villa brings good and bad things.

“They risk coming out and being trolled on Twitter, their dreams of being a big reality star dashed, work dries up and ending up feeling depressed and having issues.”


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2017 contestant Zara Holland has even called for the show to be taken off the air. 

Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard's brother, Curtis, has just been announced for the 2019 line-up. The 23-year-old is already a fan favourite, so time will tell whether he becomes one of the 'originals'.

Love Island 2019 begins on June 3, get yourselves ready gals. 

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Love Island and Strictly Come Dancing stars have been left "shaken up" after leaving celebrity nightclub Tape just MINUTES before a triple stabbing.

Familiar faces such as Oti Mabuse, Katya Jones and Megan Barton Hanson were among those who narrowly missed the horrific attack in London’s Oxford Street in the early hours of Sunday.

It was Love Island alumni Ellie Brown's 21st birthday, which was why a host of reality TV celebrities were in attendance.


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Strictly stars Oti Mabuse, Katya Jones and her husband Neil were there in order to celebrate Aljaz Skorjanec’s 28th birthday.

A Love Island source told The Sun: “They have been really shaken up and can’t help but think ‘what if’ had they left a bit later."

“Their night could have ended very differently if they had stayed at the nightclub. It has definitely prompted questions about security for some of the group.”


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Oti, who is also a captain on BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer, brought Graziano Di Prima, Pasha Kovalev and Nadiya Bychkovaening to Tape following their dance performance that night.

Fellow captain Cheryl Tweedy went straight home after filming, but her dancer co-stars left Tape between 2am and 2.50am.

ITV2’s Love Island celebrities exited later, just a few minutes before the street stabbing took place at 3.40am. Laura Anderson left 15 minutes earlier while Megan Barton Hanson and Charlie Brake left at around 3.30am.


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Love Island stars Zara McDermott and Ellie Brown, who celebrated her 21st birthday, exited the nightspot at roughly he same time.

Three men suffered stab and slash wounds in the chaotic attack; blood could be seen at the scene outside the pavement yesterday.

The Met Police said that all three 24-year-old men are now recovering in hospital, and their injuries are not lif-threatening. A spokesman added: “Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.

“Two males have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon."


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The statement continued,"They are currently in custody at central London police stations.”

The near-miss for the reality TV stars comes only two months after Strictly professional dancer AJ Pritchard and his dancer brother Curtis were beaten up by eight men at a Cheshire nightclub.

The ballroom dancer later hired personal security.


Strictly’s AJ Pritchard and his brother Curtis were brutally attacked in a Cheshire nightclub.

The two boys were both home for the holidays visiting their parents’ home in Stoke-on-Trent when the incident occurred.


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They decided to head out to a nightclub in Nantwich, Cheshire (a place they had frequented in the past) with a group of friends.

On the dance floor, AJ was receiving the usual attention he gets from female Strictly fans when a group of men became aggressively jealous.

The brothers believe it was this jealous rage that triggered the surprise beating.


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AJ told The Sun: “We were dancing as a group and, out of the blue, Curtis was violently pushed from the side. It all happened so quickly.

“Suddenly, we were surrounded by about eight blokes. He stuck his arms out to try and stop them and moved in front of me. But we were punched and kicked from all angles.

“We had no time to defend ourselves, by the time we even put our hands up we were being punched and kicked.

“It was like a scene out of a movie, with all the aggression and violence. Nothing like this had ever happened to us before.”


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Curtis saw four lads grab AJ when he quickly intervened to save his brother.

The dancing star threw himself between the thugs and AJ, taking the brute force of the attack as he was punched and kicked multiple times.

“Because my arms were down trying to protect AJ and push him back, a massive hook came at my face and hit me in the right eye,” Curtis explained.


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“Seconds later a second hook came again and hit me in the same place on my right eye. That’s when my legs turned to jelly and I went down and blacked out.

“It was terrifying. I didn’t know what was happening.”

As security moved in to stop the attackers, AJ dragged his brother away from the danger.

Hit in both eyes, his nose, lips, and legs – AJ described Curtis as a swollen mess and was worried about his brother’s condition.


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The only thing on Curtis’ mind was the state of his knee, he could feel the searing pain and could only hope that the injury wouldn’t end his dancing career.

The star’s fears have only worsened as plans for a knee operation have been made.

He was forced to pull out of Dancing With The Stars Ireland but is glad to have his family by his side for support.

AJ’s Strictly co-stars have sent messages of support for Curtis and the Strictly finalist, who was left with a swollen and bruised body and face.

We wish the best of luck to AJ and his brother on their road to recovery and hope the operation will save Curtis’ knee.

He made a valiant sacrifice by stepping in to save his brother.


It has been confirmed that professional dancers AJ and Curtis Pritchard were attacked by a gang of eight men on a night out in Cheshire.

The incident took place in a nightclub on the night of December 27.

According to The Sun, the eight men looked like they were ‘possessed’ and started to kick and punch both brothers in the face.


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A source told the publication: “The brothers were having a relaxed evening with friends and AJ was posing for selfies with a few fans.

“But the eight lads took a disliking to the brothers and pushed Curtis hard. Then they started punching them, like they were possessed.

“Curtis had fallen to his knees and was being punched in the face and body. They were also punching AJ in his face, in his ribs and legs. AJ dragged Curtis out of the circle and pulled him to another part of the club,” they added.

AJ is currently recovering from severe cuts and bruises at his home. However, his brother, who is a professional dancer on Ireland’s Dancing With The Stars will need emergency surgery on his knee.


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Curtis will no longer be able to take part in this year’s Dancing With The Stars. “As a result of the injuries sustained, he will not have recovered in time for the launch of the new series, which will air 6 January 2019. Dancing with the Stars wish Curtis a speedy recovery,” the show confirmed.

Fans and fellow dancers have been wishing both brothers well following the unprovoked attack.


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Strictly Come Dancing pro-dancer Aljaz wrote: “So upset by the news about @Aj11Ace and @CurtisPritchard!! Two lovely guys that mean no harm to anyone ever!! I can not believe it. To the thugs that did that.. shall we dance???? #fuming”

One fan said: “Absolutely sick and disgusting. Hope @Aj11Ace and Curtis are okay. Hope these animals get caught.”

Police confirmed that an investigation is underway.


Speculation about Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer AJ Pritchard's sexuality has been rife since he joined the BBC show two years ago.

The 23-year-old has been hit by rumour after rumour and it seems that he has had enough.

After being romantically linked to his celebrity partner, Paralympian Lauren Steadman, he has spoken out and refused to put a bale on himself. 


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He said, ''I don’t think I should have to define it.''

It seems that the question of his sexuality began at a young age when he started dancing. 

He continued, “From the age of 12 when I decided to dance in high school, everyone was saying, ‘Oh, you’re a dancer’, and there was that kind of stigma about it.''

“But I try not to think about it. I just live my life – but the support from the gay community is always fantastic.”

AJ is a big fan of the gay community, who he thinks are always great people to be around.

He said, ''I love being around gay people, going to gay clubs. Obviously in this industry there happens to be more gay people, so it just seems to work perfectly."

It's a shame that he felt the need to address these rumours about his personal life but we think he handled them perfectly. 


Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood is not famed for his tactful comments so it comes as no surprises to us that on Saturday's show he didn't mince his critique of contestant Lauren Steadman.  

Along with her pro dance partner, AJ Pritchard, the pair performed the Argentine Tango and Craig was not impressed.

He said that he, ''felt you were getting stuck with each step. I felt like you were shortening all of your lines! It made it stompy, sadly…I think in another three weeks, darling, you'll get it."


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He awarded them a low score of 5, with his fellow judges opting to give lower marks than the couple usually get.

Darcey Bussell gave  them a 6, Shirley Ballas a 7 and Bruno Tonioli a 7.

However,fans are furious at this and have slammed Craig for undermarking the couple.

Upstairs in the Claudiatorium after the judges critique, Claudia said, ''What? Who? It was intimate, it was amazing.''

Lauren replied, “It was pretty intense this week,” while AJ added, “It was a very complex routine this week and you did it fantastically.''

Fans took to Twitter afterwards to blast the judges, Craig especially.

Another said,"Lauren and AJ were so undermarked for that Argentine tango!!!"

Another added, "Don't care if their dance wasn't as good this week, I'm still voting for Lauren and AJ because I love them.''

What do you think, fair comments or scores too low?

We think she was unreal tbh and incorporating her disability into each routine isn't easy.

Tune in to see the Results show on BBC One tonight at 7:20pm to see if she escapes the dreaded dance-off – fingers crossed.


Every year on Strictly Come Dancing, rumoured flings and confirmed couples are a given.

Look, everyone's probably shifting everyone, tbf. 

This year, there have been whispers about Ashley and Giovanni as well as Joe and Dianne (although the latter are deffo dating.)

However, the latest possible romance revelation is one that has taken us by surprise.

Pro dancer AJ Pritchard has hinted at a future romantic relationship with his dance partner, Paralympian Lauren Steadman.



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The 24-year-old spoke out about their partnership and it seemed that he might see a future with Lauren.

He said, "I am very protective of Lauren because we have worked so close together. There are different things that she will talk about in training that she would never talk about on camera.''

He continued, "It’s for that reason that we have grown so close together and we will be friends for life and who knows in the future….You never know what is going to happen."

Hmm, sounds like he fancies her to us. 

He also discussed that Lauren had been struggling with her confidence for the first few weeks of the show, and was self-conscious about her arm.


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He is delighted with the positive response that the have received from the public, as the pair have become firm fan favourites. 

He said, "The amount of messages we get sent in by young kids who are born with one arm and they say, ‘Seeing you on TV makes it more normal for us to have an arm like this’. It’s so inspirational and it’s what she wanted from week one and she is achieving it.'' 

Fans picked up on the growing chemistry between the pair as the weeks have gone on. 

People took to Twitter to say how much they wanted them to start dating.

One wrote, ''Anybody else thought Lauren and AJ were about to snog at the end of that waltz?! #strictly.''

Another said, ''I think he has a crush…''

Watch this space lads.