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Mollie King: ‘Thank God’ Radio 1 host admits she’s glad she’s not on Strictly this year

Mollie King, 32, was partnered with AJ Pritchard, 25, on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, where they reached the semi-final. The star revealed she’s been watching this year’s series and said “thank God” she’s not in it this time round.

Mollie told Express.co.uk: “I think the standard this year is incredibly high.

“I’m watching it thinking thank God I wasn’t on it this year because the level is so high.”

Mollie said she “can’t pick a winner” but heaped praise on Kelvin Fletcher who is partnered up with Oti Mabuse.

“Kelvin is amazing and he’s been brilliant right from the start so I wouldn’t be surprised if he won,” she said.

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Mollie, who has been working on make-up brand Foreo’s new campaign, Boost Your Glow, credited appearing on Strictly Come Dancing for improving her confidence.

“For me, I loved being in the band and being part of a group and feeling united with the girls,” she said about The Saturdays.

“But when we said we were going to go on a break from that it was quite lonely and I missed being in a team.”

Mollie admitted: “So going on a show when you get partnered up with somebody, that was something I really loved, so it definitely helped my confidence.

“I’m definitely a team player, I’ve grown up with two older sisters and I’m very much a family orientated person.

“So when the band said we are going to stop for a while, that is something I really missed and Strictly really helped with that.”

The campaign’s research said 61 per cent of women admitted to “compare and despair” syndrome, where they regularly compare their appearance to others on social media.

Mollie admitted she can be tough on herself and said she needs to change her outlook.

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“I can be quite hard on myself,” she said. “I just need to focus on the good things rather than my fears and I think that these days we are hard on ourselves.”

She continued: “I wouldn’t say I’m big on comparing myself but I think I definitely can get drawn into this thing of everyone looks like they’re having a wonderful time and I can sometimes be having a tiredday and just want to lounge around the house.”

“You’ve got to do what’s right for you and not worry about what other people are doing,” she added.

Mollie explained she’s trying to be as “present” as she can in situations.

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Meanwhile, the star recently reunited with her Strictly dance partner AJ Pritchard at the Radio 1 Teen Awards.

The professional dancer uploaded a snap of them together on his Instagram, along with the caption: “Great to see @mollieking @bbcradio1 Teen Awards.”

Mollie commented: “Ahhh love this!!!”

Strictly Come Dancing final airs Saturday on BBC One at 7.05pm.

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