Who is AJ Pritchard? Celebrity MasterChef 2018 contesant and Strictly Come Dancing professional who’s partnered Team GB athlete Lauren Steadman

AJ Pritchard caused a storm on the dance floor on Strictly Come Dancing 2017 and reached the semi-finals but failed to reach the final with Mollie King, now he’s back with Lauren Steadman.

But who is the baby-faced dancer, when he will be on Celebrity Masterchef and what else do we know about him?

 AJ Pritchard is a professional dancer

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AJ Pritchard is a professional dancer

Who is AJ Pritchard?

AJ, 23, was born Alex Joseph Pritchard in Stoke-on-Trent on November 5, 1994.

He started dancing at a young age, learning his craft at his mum and dad Adrian and Debi’s dance school, Pritchard’s Dance and Fitness Academy in Cheshire.

He began to dance professionally from the age of 12.

His parents chose a partner for him from their dance school and that was Chloe Hewitt.

The pair of them went on to represent England in competitions around the world.

In 2013, AJ and Chloe appeared on the seventh series of ITV talent show Britain’s Got Talent and wowed the judges and audience alike with their audition.

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They made it as far as the fourth semi-final but were eliminated.

In 2015, they won the British Open Youth Latin Champions, that same year they also became European Youth Latin Champions.

He stands at 5 foot 7 inches tall.

 AJ and dance partner zChloe Hewitt made it to the semi-finals on BGT

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AJ and dance partner zChloe Hewitt made it to the semi-finals on BGT

When did AJ join Strictly Come Dancing?

At the tender age of 22, after ten years in the world of dance, AJ joined the roster of Strictly Come Dancing professionals.

He joined the show in 2016, and for his first time on the programme, he was paired with gymnast Chloe Frangapane.

They came fourth, just missing out on the final.

In 2017, he was paired with The Saturday’s Mollie King.

 Last year AJ is partnered with Mollie King

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Last year AJ is partnered with Mollie King

Is AJ Pritchard dating Mollie King?

Mollie and AJ were paired up for the 2017 series of Strictly and immediately hit it off.

Rumours began when they spent a cosy night together watching the launch show.

Just a fortnight into the show they shared a very intimate celebratory hug and strolled arm-in-arm on a walk out together.

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The duo are inseparable, often seen grinning in each other’s company, and Strictly judges have commented on their “believable chemistry” as well as asking if they’re dating.

Mollie’s Saturdays band mate Una Healy also dropped a huge hint romance was on the cards.

The Sun’s Bizarre column revealed that the pair were caught snogging during training for the show, with their secret romance the talk of backstage.

Neither of the pair have ever said they are dating and AJ came out to again state they are not seeing each other.

Speaking to Metro he said: “No, we’re not an item, but we’re friends for life.”

However, on February 13, 2018 former Strictly pro Branden Cole fuelled the speculation further by telling The Sun that they DID get together on the show.

Mollie King and AJ Pritchard dance the Charleston on Strictly Come Dancing

When is Strictly on BBC One?

Strictly Come Dancing kicked off with the launch show on September 8, 2018. The new dancing couples will take a two-week break to rehearse before returning for the live shows on September 29.

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For those that miss an episode, they will be made available on the iPlayer.

This year’s judging panel consists of Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell.

The Strictly Come Dancing celebrities perform their first group dance to Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston’s ‘It Takes Two’

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