The Version Interview... Aston Merrygold on Strictly Come Dancing.

Strictly is back and JLS frontman Aston Merrygold is itching to hit the dance floor!


Why are you taking part in Strictly this year?

Besides being a fan of the show it’s a very big deal in my household - my mum, my nan they’re big fans! I got asked to do the show once before and I couldn’t do it because I was away in another country and then the opportunity came back up and I was like - "definitely!" It’s one of the biggest TV shows on a Saturday night so why not? At first I wasn’t looking forward to the outfits but now I think, "OK, I’ve been to the gym a bit, watch what you eat." I love the performance aspect of any part of being on the stage.

How would you rate your dancing?

If someone asked me a few months ago, I’d say oh yes maybe an 8 but this is a totally different ball game. This type of dancing, I’d be a 2 or 3. It sounds really silly but it’s little stuff, the other day I found out that the waltz counts in threes and every routine I’ve ever done in my life you count in fours to eights. I said: "what do you mean 3?!" To me that is alien. I’ve never done a class, I’ve never gone to college and I’ve never trained. I used to just watch Usher, Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake videos and teach myself and enjoy it, then a hobby became a career. This whole style of movement is completely alien so I’m starting again.

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What are you looking for in a dance partner?

The shortest? I say that but even when the heels are on they are tall! I’ve got my Cuban heels so I’ll be alright. In terms of the professionals on this show they’re exceptional and I’m lucky enough to be on it, as long as I’m not being towered over!

What will be your biggest challenge during Strictly?

New movement and the counts, as much as everyone thinks "oh you can dance you’re fine, I’ve seen you dance in JLS" but I have no idea about this. The same way someone else who might not have any dance experience will have to learn as well, we’re all in the same boat!