STRICTLY Come Dancing fans have already predicted a ‘showmance’ between AJ Pritchard and YouTube star Saffron Barker.
The BBC dancing show returned tonight for the 2019 series launch, and saw the latest batch of celebrities paired up with their pro dancers.
AJ, 24, looked delighted as host Tess Daly announced he would be dancing with Saffron, 19, sprinting across to wrap her in a hug.
She said simply: “I’m so happy” and AJ shared the same sentiment.
When head judge Shirley Ballas was asked about their pairing, she said: “They already had a little chemistry, so that’s great.”
Viewers immediately took to Twitter to claim the pair would fake a romance to stay in the competition, despite the fact AJ is happily loved up with girlfriend Abbie Quinnen.
One wrote: “So chemistry has been already mentioned aj and saffon r obviously this years hookups.”
A second added: “‘Saffron and AJ they already had a bit of chemistry…’ Yup, they’re defo pitching 4 months of highly dubious ‘but are they a couple?!’ publicity. #Strictly”.
A third tweeted: “pretty sure that saffron and aj are gonna fake a romance just so they get to be like joe and dianne #Strictly.”
While a fourth shared: “Sense they’re gonna shuff a AJ & Saffron fake showmance on us #strictly.”
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AJ previously appeared to slip up during an appearance on The One Show last month when he said he could “make it to the final” with the YouTuber.
He said during the interview: “I’ve been in semi final three years in a row. As they say fourth year’s a charm. Straight to the final.
“I’ve got so many show ideas but its never happened for me just yet.
“I think Saffron…we can make it to the final. There it is. I’ve thrown it out there.”
AJ’s previous partners were Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane in 2016, Saturdays singer Mollie King in 2017 and Paralympian Lauren Steadman last year.
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