AJ Pritchard leaves Strictly Come Dancing after 4 years to pursue the presentation of a dream

AJ Pritchard left Strictly Come Dancing after four years on the hit show.

The talented 25-year-old ballroom pro who teamed up with Saffron Barker last fall announced the news on Twitter.

He decided to end his career strictly and instead to enter into a sumptuous collaboration with his younger brother Curtis Pritchard, 24 years old.

“I have some news for all of you. Please see the following statement from my team that also sends my love to everyone in this difficult time, please stay safe. AJ x,” he wrote.

AJ is strictly abandoning to pursue his dream of presenting TV alongside his brother Curtis

“After four years on Strictly Come Dancing, AJ has decided it is time to leave the show and follow his dreams to explore opportunities in the world of presentation with his brother Curtis.

“AJ would like to thank the Strictly team and all the BBC team for offering him such a brilliant opportunity.”

He added: “AJ would also like to send his love and gratitude to everyone who has followed him and supported his career. He is thrilled that you all join him in the next chapter of his journey.”

AJ with his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen rehearsing for his now canceled AJ Live 2020 tour

During his time on the show, AJ collaborated with YouTube Saffron, Saturday singer Mollie King and Paralympic Lauren Steadman.

His first series in 2016 saw him reach the semifinal with actress Claudia Fragapane.

AJ’s announcement comes a few days after being forced to cancel his dance tour with Curtis due to the coronavirus.

The brothers were due to perform four more concerts during their AJ Live 2020 tour, which have now been postponed until further notice.

AJ and Curtis with their support mom and dad

Fans who attended the Guildford, Cardiff, Bournemouth and Torquay shows were told last week that dates will be rescheduled whenever possible.

Leading to their Instagram, Curtis and AJ shared the same message to announce cancellations as they urged their fans to “stay safe”.

They wrote: “This is a message for all our fantastic fans and especially for those who have tickets for our remaining ‘AJ Live; Tour Dates.

“Given today’s government council surrounding Coronavirus, we are putting off our four remaining shows.

The brothers worked closely together on the AJ live tour

“Those locations are Guildford (March 17), Cardiff (March 18), Bournemouth (March 20) and Torquay (March 21).

“To say we are gutted is an understatement. We made the most incredible tour performing for all of you.

“However, health and safety must come first for you, for us and for our incredible cast.

“We will announce the tour dates rescheduled whenever possible.

“We love you all and please be safe.”

They signed the message by writing “AJ & Curtis” and adding a red emoji of the heart in love.


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