Aston Merrygold 'mortified' after dropping Janette Manrara
29 September 2017 - 9:00 AM

Aston Merrygold 'mortified' after dropping Janette Manrara

Aston Merrygold was left "mortified" after dropping Janette Manrara head-first during "Strictly Come Dancing" rehearsals.

The former JLS singer "couldn't stop apologising" after one particularly ambitious part of their training session for this weekend's salsa dance went "horribly wrong" and the professional dancer ended up on the floor.

A source said: "It was really nasty. Aston was lifting Janette but it went horribly wrong.

"It left her shaken and she had to be checked over by the team. Fortunately, it looks like she's fine, which is a big relief.

"But it's a confidence knock for them. Aston was mortified. He couldn't stop apologising."

Anastacia backs Aston Merrygold and Janette Manrara to win Strictly

29 September 2017 - 9:00 AM

Anastacia backs Aston Merrygold and Janette Manrara to win Strictly

Despite the slight mishap, Janette is confident Aston will get it right on Saturday night (30.09.17) when they perform the salsa to the tune of Luis Fonsi's hit song of the summer "Despacito".

The source said: "Janette was very gracious and doesn't want it to impact him.

Brendan Cole feuds with Shirley Ballas on Strictly Come Dancing

29 September 2017 - 9:00 AM

Brendan Cole feuds with Shirley Ballas on Strictly Come Dancing

"She still trusts him to get the lift right when it really counts on Saturday night.

"Janette has told Aston she believes he can do it but it comes with a significant risk.

"He could very easily kick her in the head in another move they're planning.

"But they are determined to finish top again."

Aston is the current bookmakers" favourite to win this year's "Strictly Come Dancing" and some believe the pair feel "under pressure" to wow the judges with a complex routine.

The source added to The Sun newspaper: "They obviously feel under pressure to live up to their early success and that has led to them coming up with an incredibly ambitious routine.

"But it is dangerous and a lot can go wrong."

After performing with Janette on TV for the first time last week, Aston paid tribute to her on his Instagram account, and admitted he had "so much fun".

He wrote: "Thanks so much for all the support and messages!! Last was amazing but the last couple weeks this lady has busted her arse to make me look comfortable doing ballroom! Thanks to my homie, teacher and dance partner for giving #teamMNM an amazing start to @bbcstrictly "17!!!! Honestly had so much fun and can't wait for this coming week and next sat! (sic)"

Ola and James Jordan's tour will be 'hot and steamy'
16 October 2017

Ola and James Jordan's tour will be 'hot and steamy'

Ola and James Jordan's tour will be 'hot and steamy'
Matt Lucas wore women's wigs
16 October 2017

Matt Lucas wore women's wigs

Matt Lucas wore women's wigs
Craig Revel Horwood dumped guy over high-pitched voice
16 October 2017

Craig Revel Horwood dumped guy over high-pitched voice

Craig Revel Horwood dumped guy over high-pitched voice
Liar to get another series?
16 October 2017

Liar to get another series?

Liar to get another series?
Hurricane threatens Susan Calman's Strictly future
16 October 2017

Hurricane threatens Susan Calman's Strictly future

Hurricane threatens Susan Calman's Strictly future
Jason Derulo to co-host Sounds Like Friday Night
16 October 2017

Jason Derulo to co-host Sounds Like Friday Night

Jason Derulo to co-host Sounds Like Friday Night
Honey G would pose nude for Playboy
16 October 2017

Honey G would pose nude for Playboy

Honey G would pose nude for Playboy
Benji Matthews' 'heartbroken' after X Factor chop
16 October 2017

Benji Matthews' 'heartbroken' after X Factor chop

Benji Matthews' 'heartbroken' after X Factor chop
Liz Dawn didn't want to go back to Corrie set
16 October 2017

Liz Dawn didn't want to go back to Corrie set

Liz Dawn didn't want to go back to Corrie set
Prue Leith banned from Dancing on Ice
16 October 2017

Prue Leith banned from Dancing on Ice

Prue Leith banned from Dancing on Ice
Strictly Come Dancing bosses 'fear Brendan Cole exit'
16 October 2017

Strictly Come Dancing bosses 'fear Brendan Cole exit'

Strictly Come Dancing bosses 'fear Brendan Cole exit'
Doc Martin writers secretly included rude patient names
16 October 2017

Doc Martin writers secretly included rude patient names

Doc Martin writers secretly included rude patient names
Most viewed