Strictly: Sara Davies reveals they wake up at 5am for training
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AJ Pritchard, who left Strictly Come Dancing in 2020, has predicted that Dragons’ Den star Sara, 37, could be lifting the trophy as the winner of the hit BBC competition this year. Despite a shaky start in week one, Sara dazzled the judges last weekend with a Foxtrot she performed with partner Aljaž Škorjanec. The pair scored an impressive 34 points, but former professional AJ, 26, called Sara “one to watch” before last week’s show while speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk.
“Sara – she’s the one to watch,” AJ commented prior to week two of Strictly Come Dancing.
“She did amazing,” he added, “her character, her enthusiasm – she was one of my top ones, she did a great job.”
AJ continued: “Especially with Aljaž. Aljaž can do a great job. I feel like they’re ones to watch, definitely.”
In week one, Sara and Aljaž were at the bottom of the leaderboard.
Meanwhile, AJ Odudu was at the top with 34 points.
But former Strictly pro dancer AJ saw something in the entrepreneur and had predicted her improvement.
Speaking to Express.co.uk after week one, he explained: “Kai and AJ got eight, eight, nine, nine, in their Jive.
“It was really enthusiastic, but it’s going to be harder with the slow dances for them.
“I’m quite excited, I think they’ve got a Foxtrot, which is a very hardcore dance.
“It’ll be an interesting contrast from that extremely quick Jive, which is usually easier to hide a lot of problems than a very slow dance.
“So it’s a lot of pressure on them I feel like, but hey, we all love pressure and I know Kai is going to thrive under that pressure.”
AJ received 31 in week two with her Foxtrot, and she currently remains at the top of the leaderboard.
Pritchard took part in four seasons of Strictly Come Dancing before quitting ahead of the 2020 series and knows exactly what it takes to get to the final.
In his first year on the show in 2016, he came fourth place with Olympic artistic gymnast Claudia Fragapane.
He went on to reach the semi-finals in the proceeding two years and made it to week 10 in his last competition in 2019.
Although Pritchard took a step back, he told Express.co.uk, through William Hill, that he would be open to a return.
He admitted: “I don’t think I would make a comeback in the same capacity as a professional dancer.
“But then again, if they suddenly call me right now because somebody dropped out because they had to kind of isolate because of Covid, I’m sure if they said ‘Do you want to dance this weekend?’ I’d be like, ‘Yeah, of course, I’d love to dance weekend.’
“I’m a professional dancer, it’s in my blood. I love to perform.
“But yeah, it’s kind of exciting and I think the spontaneity if you don’t know what’s happening in the moment.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.45pm on BBC One.
AJ spoke to media through gambling company William Hill.
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