Strictly Come Dancing: Aston Merrygold has spoken out about claims his exit from the show was fixed [OK! Magazine]
The JLS star was axed from the competition earlier this month after facing co-star Mollie King in the dance-off.
And now the star has spoken out about claims his axe was fixed to allow Debbie McGee to win the competition.
Aston Merrygold and partner Janette Manrara had been favourites to win the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing after consistently impressing the judges.
But after receiving a 4 score from Craig Revel Horwood the pair found themselves in the bottom two and, eventually, eliminated.
Strictly Come Dancing: The JLS star was beaten by Mollie King in the dance-off earlier this month [BBC]
Strictly Come Dancing: Aston has faced claims he was axed to allow Debbie McGee to win the competition [BBC]
Speaking exclusively to OK! Magazine, Aston has rubbished the claims that his exit had anything to do with Debbie.
Revealing his initial upset at leaving the show, Aston said: “On the evening I was really gutted. I was trying to work out what I had done wrong.
“But in this industry you have to have the mentality that when one door closes, you look to see what you can do next.”
Speaking about Debbie, Aston – who is set to welcome his first child with girlfriend Sarah Richards – has praised the 59 year old.
Strictly Come Dancing: Aston has defended Debbie, saying he doesn’t believe the claims [BBC]
He revealed: “Debbie is incredible. She is improving massively every week.
“We were all like ‘Debbie, calm down – give us a chance!’ But I don’t believe [the fix claims]. Surely you just want the best dancers in final?”
Aston also rushed to defend Janette after some viewers blamed her for the couples’ exit.
“People write what they feel on social media without considering others’ feelings.
Strictly Come Dancing: Aston’s girlfriend Sarah Richards is pregnant with their first child [Sarah Richards/Instagram]
“With a Viennese waltz, you are quite limited as thee are only six steps. The whole dance is a rotation of a spin. To the untrained eye, it looks the same.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One.