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AJ Pritchard

AJ Pritchard

British ballroom dancer
AJ Pritchard
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro British ballroom dancer
Is Dancer Choreographer
From United Kingdom
Type Dancing
Gender male
Birth 5 November 1994, Stoke-on-Trent, City of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Age 26 years
Star sign Scorpio
Peoplepill ID aj-pritchard
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Biography

Alex Joseph "AJ" Pritchard (born 5 November 1994) is a British dancer and choreographer, best known for his role as a professional dancer in the BBC One dance series Strictly Come Dancing. In 2013, Pritchard auditioned for the seventh series of Britain's Got Talent along with his partner Chloe Hewitt and reached the semi-finals.

Early life

Pritchard was born in Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent. He began dancing at the age of 12, and his parents partnered him with Chloe Hewitt from their dance school. Together, they have represented Britain in dance competitions around the world, and won the National Youth Latin Championships for three consecutive years between 2012 and 2014. In 2015, AJ & Chloe also became the British Open Youth Latin Champions and the European Youth Latin Champions, as well as making it to the semi final in Britain's Got Talent in 2013.

Britain's Got Talent and other television

In 2013, Pritchard and his professional dance partner Chloe Hewitt auditioned for Britain's Got Talent, receiving acclaim from the judges and audience. The pair eventually reached the live semi-finals.

AJ has a younger brother, Curtis, a fellow professional, who appears on Dancing with the Stars in Ireland and has toured with Natalie Lowe, Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness in the stage show Rip It Up.

In September 2018 Pritchard took part in BBC's Celebrity MasterChef leaving the show after his apple crumble infuriated the judges.

In October 2018 he partnered Louis Smith in the celebrity version of Hunted, in aid of Stand Up to Cancer. Pritchard and Smith split up during the series, leading to Smith being caught on Day 9 and Pritchard eventually going on to win the show on Day 14, alongside MP Johnny Mercer.

In July 2019, it was announced that Pritchard, along with his brother Curtis, would appear as guest choreographers on the BBC Three reality series RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

Strictly Come Dancing

In 2016, Pritchard appeared as a professional in the BBC dance show, Strictly Come Dancing for its fourteenth series. He was partnered with Olympic artistic gymnast Claudia Fragapane. They were eliminated in the semi-finals on 11 December 2016, finishing in 4th place overall. In his first series, Pritchard received praise for his innovative choreography.

Pritchard returned to Strictly the following year for his second series, and was partnered with Mollie King, a singer and former member of girl group The Saturdays. The pair made it to week 12, being knocked out at the semi-final stage and finishing in 5th place overall.

In his third series, in 2018, he was partnered with British Paralympic athlete Lauren Steadman. They were eliminated at the semi-final stage, finishing in 5th place, in Pritchard's third consecutive semi-final elimination.

In March 2019, Pritchard was confirmed to be returning to Strictly for his fourth series. In September 2019. it was revealed that he would partner vlogger Saffron Barker. They were eliminated on week 10, making this the first and only series where Pritchard failed to reach the semi-final.

Despite being confirmed in the 2020 professional line-up, on 26 March 2020, Pritchard announced that he was leaving the show in order to pursue a career in presenting.

Series Partner Place Average
Score
14 Claudia Fragapane 4th 33.9
15 Mollie King 5th 27.7
16 Lauren Steadman 5th 26.7
17 Saffron Barker 6th 30.9

Claudia Fragapane

He partnered Olympic artistic gymnast Claudia Fragapane for the fourteenth season of Strictly Come Dancing.

Week Dance / Song Judges' scores Score Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "What Makes You Beautiful" 6 6 7 7 26 No Elimination
2 Waltz / "You Light Up My Life" 6 8 8 8 30 Safe
3 Charleston / "You Give a Little Love" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
4 Foxtrot / "I Really Like You" 6 8 8 8 30 Safe
5 Samba/ "Young Hearts Run Free" 8 7 8 9 32 Safe
6 American Smooth / "Black Magic" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
7 Paso Doble / "Shut Up and Dance" 8 8 8 9 33 Safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "Breakaway" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
9 Jive / "Mickey" 9 9 9 9 36 Bottom two
10 Argentine Tango / "Cry Me a River" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
Cha-cha-cha Challenge /" I Like It Like That" Awarded 3 extra points 39
11 Salsa / "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" 9 9 9 10 37 Safe
12 Rumba / "Bleeding Love" 8 9 9 9 35 Eliminated
Quickstep /" When You're Smiling" 9 9 10 10 38

Mollie King

For the fifteenth season of Strictly Come Dancing he partnered English singer-songwriter, presenter and model Mollie King.

Week Dance / Song Judges' scores Result Score
Revel Horwood Bussell Ballas Tonioli
1 Jive / "Good Golly, Miss Molly" 4 6 7 6 No Elimination 23
2 Tango / "Addicted to Love" 4 6 8 7 Safe 25
3 American Smooth / "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" 7 7 8 8 Safe 30
4 Salsa / "Súbeme la Radio" 6 7 7 7 Safe 27
5 Viennese Waltz / "Anyone Who Had a Heart" 8 8 8 Safe 24
6 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Better the Devil You Know" 6 7 7 7 Bottom two 27
7 Foxtrot / "Call Me Irresponsible" 6 7 7 7 Bottom two 27
8 Paso Doble / "Layla" 5 6 6 5 Safe 22
9 Charleston / "Wings" 6 7 8 8 Safe 29
10 Quickstep / "Umbrella" 7 7 8 9 Safe 31
Paso Doble-thon Awarded 2 extra points 33
11 Rumba / "Hopelessly Devoted to You" 6 7 9 9 Safe 31
12 Samba / "Whenever, Wherever" 4 7 7 6 Eliminated 24
Waltz / "Angel" 8 8 8 8 32

Lauren Steadman

He partnered British Paralympic athlete Lauren Steadman for the sixteenth season of Strictly Come Dancing.

Week Dance / Song Judges' scores Result Score
Revel Horwood Bussell Ballas Tonioli
1 Waltz / "Kissing You" 6 6 6 7 No Elimination 25
2 Charleston / "New Rules" 5 6 5 6 Safe 22
3 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Fame" 4 5 5 6 Safe 20
4 Quickstep / "If You're Over Me" 6 6 6 7 Safe 25
5 Couples Choice: Contemporary / "Runnin'" 4 6 7 7* Safe 24
6 Paso Doble / "Poison" 6 7 8 8 Safe 29
7 Jive / "Girlfriend" 7 8 8 8 Safe 31
8 Viennese Waltz / "You Are the Reason" 8 8 9 9 Safe 34
9 Argentine Tango / "River" 5 6 7 7 Safe 25
10 Salsa / "Familiar" 5 6 6 6 Safe 23
Lindy Hop-thon / "Do Your Thing" Awarded 1 extra point 24
11 American Smooth / "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy" 8 9 9 9 Safe 35
12 Tango / "Nutbush City Limits" 7 8 8 8 Eliminated 31
Samba / "Rock the Boat" 5 6 6 6 23

Saffron Barker

He partnered television presenter YouTube personality and author Saffron Barker for the seventeenth season of Strictly Come Dancing. They were eliminated in week 10, coming sixth.

Week Dance / Song Judges' scores Result Score
Revel Horwood Mabuse Ballas Tonioli
1 Tango / "Lips Are Movin" 6 7 7 7 No Elimination 27
2 Cha-Cha-Cha / "One Touch" 5 5 6 7 Safe 23
3 Paso Doble / "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" 7 7 7 7 Safe 28
4 Contemporary / "Because You Loved Me" 7 8 9 9 Safe 33
5 Foxtrot / “Theme From ''New York, New York” 9 10 9 10* Safe 38
6 Jive / "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" 8 8 8 9 Safe 33
7 Salsa / "Instruction" 6 7 7 7 Safe 27
8 Waltz / "Your Song" 9 10 10 10 Safe 39
9 Quickstep / "I Went to a Marvellous Party" 8 9 9 9 Bottom Two 35
10 Samba / "Walking on Sunshine" 5 7 7 7 Eliminated 26

Personal life

On 27 December 2018, Pritchard and his brother Curtis, along with two others, were attacked in an "unprovoked assault" on a night out in Nantwich. Pritchard suffered bruising to his face, arms, legs and body, while Curtis needed an emergency operation to his knee and would no longer appear on Dancing with the Stars in Ireland in January 2019. AJ is also currently dating professional dancer Abbie Quinnen. AJ and Abbie announced their relationship by interview with magazine OK.

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