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Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Fragapane says AJ Pritchard 'looks in the mirror a lot'

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Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Fragapane says AJ Pritchard 'looks in the mirror a lot'

Claudia Fragapane thinks her 'Strictly Come Dancing' look in the mirror "a lot."

The 18-year-old Olympic gymnast has been partnered with AJ Pritchard, 21, for the ballroom and latin show but is struggling to get on with rehearsals because the hunk spends so long checking out his reflection in the full-length glass.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz on the red carpet of the new film 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' starring Tom Cruise, held in London's Leicester Square on Thursday (20.10.16) ahead of Saturday's (22.10.16) show, Claudia said: "He [AJ] looks at himself in the mirror quite a lot but then that's a good sign...Yes I really do [enjoy working with AJ] and obviously we get on very well.

"In training we both work really hard and hopefully on Saturday night it all comes together. He works very hard and when I go to the show on Saturday I know that we put 100 per cent into it and that I'm ready and won't make any mistakes hopefully."

And, although she's putting her body through its paces for the lives shows, Claudia is adamant she'll never hurt herself because she's very flexible and agile.

She said: "I'm a gymnast so I'm very fit in everything I do."

Her dance partner AJ added: "I just get tired, she keeps on going that's the main thing. We've got the Samba this week so it's very fast and furious, so that's one to watch. We've got a lot of props, I can't reveal what but I've got loads of them."

The pair is currently seventh place on the leaderboard with a total score of 30 but they're hoping to climb up through the ranks over the next few weeks.

AJ said: "We're very competitive. [The best thing about her] is I can put her under pressure and she always performs under pressure so I don't have to worry.

"She scares me before the show, she goes quiet and gives me a heart attack but other than that it's all good."