AJ Pritchard quits Strictly Come Dancing after 4 years to pursue presenting dream

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

The 25-year-old talented ballroom professional, who last autumn was partnered with Saffron Barker, announced the news on Twitter.

He has decided to finish his Strictly career and instead go into telly partnership with younger brother Curtis Pritchard, 24.

"I have some news for you all. Please see the below statement from my team also sending my love to everyone in this difficult time, please keep safe. AJ x," he wrote.

AJ is quitting Strictly to pursue his dream of TV presenting alongside brother Curtis
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"After four years on Strictly Come Dancing, AJ has decided the time is right to leave the show and follow his dreams to explore opportunities in the presenting world alongside his brother Curtis.

"AJ would like to thank the team at Strictly and everyone at the BBC for giving him such a brilliant opportunity."

He added: "AJ would also like to send his love and gratitude to all who have followed him and supported his career. He is excited for you all to join him on the next chapter of his journey."

AJ with his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen rehearsing for his now-cancelled AJ Live 2020 tour
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During his time on the show, AJ has been partnered with YouTube sensation Saffron, Saturdays singer Mollie King and Paralympian Lauren Steadman.

His first series in 2016 saw him reach the semi-final with actress Claudia Fragapane.

AJ's announcement comes days after he was forced to cancel his and Curtis' dancing tour due to coronavirus.

The brothers had been due to perform four more gigs on their AJ Live 2020 tour, which have now been postponed until further notice.

AJ and Curtis with their supportive mum and dad
(Image: Instagram)

Fans due to attend the Guildford, Cardiff, Bournemouth and Torquay shows were told last week that the dates will be rescheduled when possible.

Taking to their respective Instagrams, Curtis and AJ shared the same message to announce the cancellations as they urged their fans to "stay safe".

They wrote: "This is a message to all of our amazing fans and specifically those who have tickets to our remaining 'AJ Live; Tour Dates.

"Given today's Government advice surrounding the Coronavirus, we are postponing our remaining four shows.

The brothers have been working closely together on AJ's live tour
(Image: Instagram)

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

"To say we are gutted is an understatement. We have had the most amazing tour performing for you all.

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

"We will be announcing the rescheduled tour dates when we can.

"We love you all and please be safe."

They signed the message by writing "AJ & Curtis" and adding a red love heart emoji.

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