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8 August 2018, 16:14
Strictly Come Dancing is back for its 16th series in 2018!
AJ Pritchard is one of the many returning professional dancers, and here is a handy guide to the talented star.
AJ Pritchard (the J stands for Joseph) was born on November 5, 1994.
The 23-year-old hails from Stoke-on-Trent and started dancing at a young age, learning through his mum and dad Adrian and Debi’s dance school, Pritchard’s Dance and Fitness Academy in Cheshire.
After turning professional at the age of 12, his parents chose a partner for him from their dance school: Chloe Hewitt.
AJ and Chloe went on to represent England in competitions around the world, and in 2013, AJ and Chloe appeared on the seventh series of ITV's Britain’s Got Talent:
They reached the fourth semi-final but were eliminated before the live final.
AJ has a younger brother named Curtis Pritchard, who is also a dancer.
The 20-year-old is 6ft 2in, and has previously been tipped to replace the outgoing Brendan Cole on Strictly. However, this isn't the case for the 2018 series at least.
Curtis recently said of his dancing experience: "I got into dancing through my parents. But what got me seriously in to it was when dad would take me to major competitions he judged. Seeing professionals dance was my biggest inspiration.”
As of August 2018, AJ hasn't confirmed that he is currently dating anyone.
Throughout the 2017 series of Strictly, rumours emerged about a potential romance between AJ and his celebrity partner Mollie King.
However, he later told Metro: "No, we're not an item, but we're friends for life."