Blackpool Under 21's Latin, AJ and Chloe, now to star on BBC Strictly

Two award-winning young dancers from Nantwich area will be joining the new series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

British and European Youth Latin and Ballroom Champions AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt will be the youngest ever professional dancers to appear on the show.

Former Brine Leas School student AJ, 21, and his dance partner Chloe became British Open Youth Latin Champions and European Youth Latin Champions in the same year.

The couple train at AJ’s parents’ dancing and fitness studies in the village of Burleydam, between Nantwich and Whitchurch.

They first rose to fame three years ago when they took Britain’s Got Talent show by storm, making it all the way through to the semi-finals.

In nine years of competing, they were National Youth Latin Champions three years running from 2012 to 2014.

AJ, who grew up as a youngster watching the show, said: “Watch out Strictly, here I come, it is going to be amazing and I feel ecstatic!”

Chester-born Chloe, 20, from Whitchurch, will be the youngest ever dancer to take part in the BBC series.

The former Bishop Heber School student added: “My childhood dream of being on Strictly Come Dancing is now reality!

“The sheer excitement is exhilarating and I cannot wait to be part of the Strictly family.”

The new series of Strictly Come Dancing is due to air in the Autumn.

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