The former JLS singer exited the competition this weekend.

Aston and his partner Janette Manrara found themselves in the dance off alongside Mollie King of girl band The Saturdays and her partner AJ Pritchard after the judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes.

Both couples performed their routines again; Mollie and AJ re-did their Foxtrot to Call Me Irresponsible by Connie Francis and Aston and Janette repeated their Viennese Waltz to Who’s Loving You by Jackson 5 in a bid to win over the judges.

The judges then delivered their verdicts with Craig Revel Horwood choosing to save Mollie and AJ and Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli choosing to save Aston and Janette. Head Judge Shirley Ballas executed her casting vote in Mollie’s favour, sending Aston home.

“Honestly, every second of this, I’ve had friends who have done the show before and they’ve gone ‘you’re going to have the most amount of fun from start to finish whatever it is’ and honestly they weren’t lying! Everything, from this lady to every single person in here, these four judges, yourself, Claudia, all you amazing lot up there that I get to see and spend so much time with. I’ve made some amazing friends and honestly I’ve had the best time, it’s been amazing.” – Aston Merrygold

Janette added: “I just have to say, honestly I don’t think that I am ever going to have the opportunity to dance with someone like you again. You have so much to offer to the world of entertainment and I hope that this is just a small pebble to what you’re going to bring the world because you are amazing.”

Sunday’s results show also featured a musical performance from Welsh rock band Stereophonics.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One on Saturday 11th November.
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