BBC's Strictly judges give AJ and Mollie a tough going over

Reporter:

Georgia Macey

It’s week four over at BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and after last week’s performance we had high expectations for our local lad AJ Pritchard, 22 and his partner Mollie King, 30, from the girl band The Saturday’s.

Last week they danced the American Smooth to Climb Every Mountain from The Sound Of Music and wowed the judges receiving their highest score of 30 points.

This week the duo danced the Salsa to Subeme La Radio by Enrique Iglesias, the second Salsa of the series.

Bruno Tonioli thought the dance routine was challenging, he said: “It was so ambitious… it is something that I almost want to see again and give you more time to knock it in the head.” He scored them a seven.

Darcey Bussell also scored the couple a seven and said: “There is balance issues. When you turn, you’ve got to focus, keep spotting. But the improvement is on those lifts.”

Craig Revel Horwood felt there was room for improvements and gave them a six. He commented on Mollie’s footwork. “Your footwork was sloppy, and in your forward-back basic, you need more rotation in the hips. It was a little loose in place, a little late, but I tell you, I absolutely loved those lifts”.

Shirely Ballas awarded their third seven and said: “It was a challenging routine, you were 100 per cent committed and you did do much better in your lifts – but for me, it lacked quality in the dance content.”

With only 13 couples left the pair are sixth on the leader board with a combined score over the three weeks of 78 points.

This week they will be dancing the Viennese Waltz.

AJ’s parents run a dance and fitness centre in Burleydam near Whitchurch where he learned to dance as a youngster.

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georgia.macey@nwn.co.uk

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