Strictly & # 39; s Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard & # 39; spark speculation because they look cozy during rehearsals & # 39; but insist that they just & # 39; great friends & # 39; to be
- A spokesperson told MailOnline: & # 39; AJ and Saffron are good friends and have trained very hard for their performance on Saturday night & # 39;
Strictly & # 39; s Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard caused curse rumors after they looked cozy on photos obtained by the Mirror.
The YouTube star, 19, was pictured as she stared into her dance partner's eyes as they practiced their cha-cha routine for the upcoming Saturday night show.
Despite the fun snaps, however, the duo insisted that they just & # 39; great friends & # 39; and want to perform together in the show.
Warm up? Strictly & # 39; s Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard have sparked curse rumors after they look cozy on photos obtained by the Mirror
A spokesperson told MailOnline: "AJ and Saffron are good friends and have trained very hard for their performance on Saturday night – this is clearly ONLY what these pictures show.
& # 39; They love the competition and can't wait to export their Cha-Cha to the Nation. & # 39;
AJ, 24, going out with dancer Abbie Quinnen, appeared as close to Saffron from the dance floor as he put his arm around her while he was on the way.
This is just a few days after AJ insisted he wasn't worried about the curse, in which he declared Good Morning Britain: & My friend Abbie, she's also a dancer.
Cozy: the YouTube star, 19, was portrayed as she stared at her dance partner while practicing their cha-cha routine for the upcoming show on Saturday night
Steamy: Saffron and AJ put tongues together with a passionate Tango to Lips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor during last week's show.
& # 39; She leaves and dances her dances. She understands the long hours and the hard work. We always want the dance on Saturday to be the best possible dance. She is not worried at all. & # 39;
Although AJ has a relationship with West End dancer Abbie, some social media users cannot help but think that a romance is on the way between Strictly partners.
Saffron and AJ put tongues together with a passionate Tango to Lips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor during last week's show.
Rumors of a budding romance were fueled during the launch show when the vlogger ran onto the dance floor after announcing the link and gave AJ a hug.
She said: & # 39; I am so happy & # 39; and chief judge Shirley Ballas noted that the combination & # 39; already had some chemistry, so that's great. & # 39;
Taken: AJ, 24, dating dancer Abbie Quinnen (left), appeared as close to the dance floor as Saffron as he put his arm around her while he was out
More uplifting: rumors of a budding romance were fueled during the launch show when the vlogger ran across the dance floor after an announcement and gave AJ a hug
However, AJ seemed to be beaten with his new girlfriend Abbie, after the couple was noticed and the TV Choice Awards looked happy days later.
The focus of the dancer seems to be on progress in the show, after having passed the semi-final for three consecutive years.
AJ said on The One Show: & # 39; I have been in the semi-final three years in a row. As they say, the fourth year is a charm. Straight to the final.
& # 39; I have so many show ideas, but it has never happened to me. & # 39;
His previous dance partners were Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane in 2016, The Saturday at Mollie King in 2017 and Paralympian Lauren Steadman in 2018.
During his time at Mollie there were rumors that the duo was romantically connected, but nothing has ever been confirmed.
Hanging out: Saffron and AJ spent time together when they visited her native Brighton
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