Former Strictly star AJ Pritchard 'happy' to not be involved in new series

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ Pritchard has confessed he’s ‘happy to sit down on the sofa’ to watch this year’s series, rather than participate in it.

The beloved BBC show revealed who each celebrity has been partnered with as it returned to television screens over the weekend, but AJ is pleased he’s not involved this time around.

Joining today’s episode of Lorraine with Christine Lampard with his brother Curtis Pritchard, the star said: ‘I had four fantastic years at Strictly and they were honestly the best moments of my life.

‘[I was] sat on the sofa, appreciating the work from the camera, hair, make-up, wardrobe, and obviously, the professional dancers. They are doing their job, they’re trained to dance, they’re trained to choreograph, Jason’s routines were absolutely amazing…’

‘But let’s be honest, you’re not missing it,’ Curtis chipped in.

Holding his hands up (metaphorically), AJ replied: ‘I was quite happy to sit down on the sofa.’

AJ announced his departure from Strictly in March after four years on the show.

His statement read: ‘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.

‘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 in his journey.’

The BBC commented at the time: ‘We would like to thanks 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.’

Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.

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