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AJ and Curtis Pritchard aiming to become next Ant and Dec

AJ and Curtis Pritchard aiming to become next Ant and Dec
AJ Pritchard says that he hopes to form an Ant and Dec-style presenting partnership with brother Curtis after quitting Strictly Come Dancing.

AJ Pritchard has admitted that he is aiming to create a new Ant and Dec-style partnership with his brother Curtis now that he has left Strictly Come Dancing.

The 25-year-old announced on Friday that he has quit the BBC dance show after four years in order to pursue a new career as a TV presenter.

Curtis is also a dancer and featured on the Irish version of Dancing with the Stars but gained fame in the UK last year when he appeared as a contestant on ITV2's Love Island.

"We would love to be that presenting duo, like [Ant and Dec]," AJ told The Sun. "We want to bring our brand - that all-singing, all-dancing Saturday night style of family entertainment, a bit like Bruce Forsyth.

"I want to have my own brand and there were things I couldn't do because of the Strictly brand and the time involved. It took up six months of my life, some days I would work 18-hour days because I was dancing and choreographing. I didn't have a life and I wanted to be able to do more. I want to show people what I'm about - not just, 'Here's my celebrity partner this year that I'm going to showcase'.

"I did have to turn down things in the past, which I was upset about sometimes, but I understood I was part of Strictly Come Dancing. Now I am going to pursue things I didn't have the time for. It's the right move. It's a relief to finally quit. If I didn't further my development now, while at my peak mental well-being, I would regret it."

During his time on Strictly, AJ managed a best finish of fourth place in 2016 with celeb partner Claudia Fragapane.


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