AJ Pritchard: ‘It’s a relief to quit’ Strictly pro addresses what ‘upset’ him on the show

Former Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard, 25, shocked fans by announcing he has left the show this week, despite being confirmed as part of this year’s professional line-up earlier this month. Now, the dancer has candidly opened up about his reasons for leaving the show.

The professional dancer admitted “it was a relief to finally quit” as he said he had to turn down numerous opportunities due to being apart of the BBC show.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “I did have to turn down things in the past, which I was upset about sometimes, but I understood I was part of Strictly Come Dancing.

“Now I am going to pursue things I didn’t have the time for. It’s the right move.

“It’s a relief to finally quit. If I didn’t further my development now, while at my peak mental well-being, I would regret it.”

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Tiger King: What does ‘Small Waco’ mean? What happened at Waco in Texas?

All seven episodes of Tiger King: Murder Mayhem and Madness are streaming on Netflix now. True crime fans have been hooked since the very first episode but before they can continue with the series, viewers are curious to know exactly what Joe Exotic was referring to when he said ‘small Waco.’ Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Joe Exotic did not remain quiet about his hatred for animal rights activist Carole Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue.

Throughout the documentary, it is made clear that Exotic would do and say just about anything to protect his animals and his business.

One clip in the documentary sees Joe speaking live On CBS This Morning.
In the interview, Exotic said: “[My place] is a ticking time bomb. If somebody thinks they’re gonna walk in here and take my animals away, it is going to be a small Waco”.

In early 2019, Exotic was convicted for the murder-for-hire plot of Carole Baskin.

He was also found guilty on 17 charges of animal abuse. Exotic continues to maintain his innocence.

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The term ‘Small Waco’ is significant in Joe Exotic’s situation as he was referring to a devastating tragedy in US History.

When Exotic said the term ‘ small Waco’ he was referring to The Waco Siege of 1993 in Texas.

The Waco Siege was the siege of a compound belonging to the religious sect Branch Davidians by the American federal and Texas state law enforcement.

The US military was also involved in the siege, which took place between February 28 and April 19, 1993.

Self-proclaimed prophet David Koresh was the leader of The Branch Davidians, who were located at Mount Carmel Center ranch in the small community of Axtell, Texas.

The ranch was situated just 13 miles east-northeast of Waco, a central city in Texas.

The authorities suspected Branch Davidians of stockpiling illegal weapons and in late February, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) obtained a search warrant for the compound and arrest warrants for Koresh and a few other key members.

There were reports by the ATF that the religious community had close to 250 weapons, including revolvers, automatic rifles, shotguns and grenades.

Koresh had denied that he had any plans for a mass suicide that would mirror The Jonestown Massacre which gave birth to the expression ‘drinking the kool-aid.’

However, the American authorities were concerned that Koresh would lead his people towards mass suicide and intervened.

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When the ATF attempted to raid the ranch, they were met with violent resistance by approximately 80 to 100 Branch Davidians.

During the first attempt, four government agents and six Branch Davidians were killed after an intense gun battle.

The siege lasted a total of 51 days and in total 86 deaths occurred. Four of those deaths were the ATF Agents on the first day and throughout 51 days, 16 agents were wounded.

According to History.com, during the 51 days, negotiators had arranged for the release of 35 Branch Davidians, including 21 children. However, these negotiations fell through when the authorities launched a tear-gas assault on the compound on April 19.

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On April 19, the last day of the siege, 76 were killed in a fire which had engulfed Mount Carmel Centre.

In the blaze, 76 Branch Davidians were killed, including 20 children, two pregnant women and David Koresh.

Koresh, aged 33, was found with a gunshot wound to the head. It remains unknown whether he killed himself or somebody else pulled the trigger.

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NCIS LA Fortune Favours The Brave cast: Who stars in NCIS Los Angeles episode 19?

NCIS Los Angeles returns with the 19th episode of season 16 this Sunday (March 29) as the team deal with a dramatic new scenario. As they work to diffuse a bomb, here’s everything fans need to know about the cast guest starring in the latest episode.

The new episode of NCIS LA sees high tension as the Sam Hanna (played by LL Cool J) is comes into unexpected danger while he is investigating a murder.

According to the official synopsis: “While Sam investigates the murder of an Iranian exile working to overthrow the current regime, he must also try to save Agent Roundtree (Caleb Castille), a new agent who’s having an unexpectedly adventurous first day on the job, when he accidently triggers a bomb.

As well as this, the new episode also teases some drama ahead for Nell (Renee Felice Smith) on the crime procedural.

The synopsis added: “Also, Nell makes a decision about her future with NCIS.”

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Who is in the cast of Fortune Favours The Brave?

FBI Special Agent Devin Roundtree – Caleb Castille

Caleb Castille joins the cast of NCIS: LA as FBI Special Agent Devin Roundtree.

As viewers can tell in the synopsis, he is a recruit on his first day in the job when he accidentally triggers a bomb.

Castille is known for his roles as Ron Garland in Tell Me a Story and Darryl Chino Hill in Wu-Tang: An American Saga.

Fans may also recognise him from small roles on The Rookie, The Third Act and 9-1-1.

Roxie Larian – Shani Atias

Shani Atias stars as a new character called Roxie Larian in the new episode.

Not much has been revealed about her so far but it seems she could play a role in the bomb disposal.

Actor Atias has appeared in the NCIS universe before in an episode of NCIS: New Orleans in 2015 when she played Frankie Alvarez.

She has also starred in MacGyver as Princess Zahra, as well as voicing characters in Samantha! and Netflix’s Dark.

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Dr Shahmir Gilani – Michelle Azar

Dr Shahmir Gilani is played in the latest episode by Michelle Azar.

Nothing has been revealed about her role yet but it seems her appearance might signal some of the cast are in danger.

Azar’s biggest role to date was in How to Beat Your Sister-in-Law (at everything) where she played Michelle.

As well as this, she has previously starred in series like Aquarius, Criminal Minds and How to Get Away With Murder.

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LAPD Bomb Disposal Tech – Mark Engelhardt

Mark Engelhardt stars as one of the LAPD’s Bomb Disposal technicians.

The actor has previously appeared in NCIS as Kent Marshall as well as starring in American Horror Story and 24.

Dude with Metal Detector – Adam Kaiz

Adam Kaiz is credited in the new episode as simply Dude with Metal Detector.

Kaiz has previously had small roles in shows like ER and Superstore, as well as starring as Kenny Finkleman in Teen Angel.

NCIS: LA airs on CBS on Sunday evenings.

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Death in Paradise star reveals extreme measures they went to for role on BBC series

In the latest series, Frances Tomelty guest starred as successful actress Olivia Reeves, who turned her back on acting after she went blind. Olivia headed to the idyllic island of Saint Marie with her husband in “search of a different life”. She was the only witness in her husband’s murder and it was up to DI Neville (played by Ralf Little) to work out if she was the culprit?

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In order to prepare for the season nine finale, Frances went to great lengths to understand what it was like to go blind.

She met up with a young woman who went blind at the age of 12 so she could take on the role sensitively.

Frances explained: “I did things with my eyes closed. Swimming, showering, dressing.

“Ella, our lovely producer, arranged a meeting with a young woman named Rilanna who went blind aged 12 and who is full of light.”

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Rilanna helped Frances learn how to “navigate unfamiliar spaces” so her portrayal was realistic.

She also had to pick up how to “listen and smell and intuit where people stood and to read their differing energies”.

For those who haven’t watched the episode, Express.co.uk won’t ruin the instalment’s storyline, but fans were impressed with Frances’ performance.

Meanwhile, despite being busy with the murder of Olivia’s husband, DI Neville made a big decision.

After finding it difficult to adjust to life on the island, the detective ultimately decided not to return to the UK.

Fans saw DI Neville have a leaving party and even wave farewell to everyone but he suddenly changed his mind.

He explained: “My mother always says sometimes you have to break something before you can try to fix it.

“I know it’s gonna be hard and I’m gonna feel dreadful all the time, but I’m fed up with living the way I have to rather than the way I want to.

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“I’d love to be a DI permanently if you’ll have me.”

DI Neville was accepted and his team were pleased he had decided to stay – with the exception of Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington).

And it seems viewers could see a lot more of DI Neville than they might have expected.

Actor Ralf revealed he has big plans for the next series as he plans on getting ripped for shower scenes.

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He told Metro: “There may be a scene that they write where it’s like, ‘Oh Neville’s having a shower’, and then he sees Harry and he runs out of the shower.

“What I want to happen on the day of shooting, when they go, ‘Okay, can you…?’ I’ll just take my T-shirt off and they’ll go, ‘Wait a second. Why are you ripped?’

“Neville is not meant to be ripped but I’m going to give them no choice.”

Fans will just have to wait and see if DI Neville does get the chance to strip off.

Death in Paradise will returns to screens in 2021.

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A Place In The Sun’s Jasmine Harman talks ‘weird’ discovery after coronavirus scare

A Place In The Sun presenter Jasmine Harman, 44, enjoyed a low-key outing over a park with her dog yesterday and documented her journey on Instagram. Her outing comes as her first since she fell ill with coronavirus symptoms last week. 

It is quite weird getting out the house

Jasmine Harman

Jasmine told fans it was “weird” to be outdoors after self-isolating for 11 days.

“Hey, look at me I’m out with this one,” she began while giving her 33,000 Instagram fans a glimpse of her dog.

“After, I’ve lost count now, 10 or 11 days indoors, I discovered on the NHS that if you are the one in your household that has had symptoms, you can go out after seven days if you are no longer experiencing a fever.

“So, I’ve done a load of extra days when I didn’t necessarily have to.

“Of course I’m still going to have to observe staying home, apart from the normal allowances,” she continued. 

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“But if you’re locked down with symptoms, obviously you’ve got to stay home full stop, so it is quite weird getting out the house.”

The mother-of-two went on to share information from the NHS website, which confirmed Jasmine’s discovery.

The website states that those with coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate for at least seven days until their symptoms stop.

They add that if you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day the sufferer’s symptoms started.

Jasmine’s first outing comes after she told fans she had symptoms of the deadly coronavirus.

Last week, she told her Instagram fans she hadn’t been on the social media site due to falling ill. 

She said: “I’ve not been on here for a while because I’ve not been well.

“I think I do have the dreaded bug although I’m feeling much better than I was at the beginning of the week.”

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The property expert went on to tell fans she had developed coronavirus symptoms such as a “cough” and a “shortness of breath”.

She went on to say: “No high temperature so I don’t know for sure if I have the coronavirus but it is fairly likely.

“My symptoms have been relatively mild. Just wanted to say that everybody is keeping safe and well in these weird times.”

The Channel 4 star continued to say she is self-isolating with her husband Jon Boast and their two children Joy, six, and Albion, four.

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Following this, she gave fans an insight into her time at home on Instagram.

She told fans her husband, who is a cameraman on the show, stepped in to help her record a voiceover for the property show.

Jasmine shared a snap of herself holding a script, while wearing a pair of headphones on her head in front of a microphone.

A Place In The Sun continues tomorrow at 4.30pm on Channel 4.

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Queen’s Brian May stuns with Killer Queen solo PLUS shares advice Frank Zappa gave him

Queen guitarist Brian May continues to entertain fans in quarantine with his micro-concerts. And the latest saw the 72-year-old play his iconic Killer Queen guitar solo. However, he made an error near the end of his new Instagram video.

May said: “Mistakes are what it’s all about y’know. Ah! I should know.”

The Queen legend also wrote up some advice Frank Zappa once gave him next to the video.

He wrote: “Killer Queen solo, anyone ?!! A slight variant ?

“Frank Zappa once told me ‘here is no such thing as a mistake – if it’s your performance of your own stuff, who can tell you it’s wrong ?!!’”

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Killer Queen solo, anyone ?!! A slight variant ? Frank Zappa once told me “There is no such thing as a mistake – if it’s your performance of your own stuff, who can tell you it’s wrong ?!! “ My advice ? “Always keep a sense of humour – you will need it !” And here endeth the 6th MicroConversation – it is it the 7th ? Goodnight folks – or Good Morning ? Hang in out there. Bri

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May added: “My advice ? ‘Always keep a sense of humour – you will need it !’

“And here endeth the 6th MicroConversation – it is it the 7th ?

“Goodnight folks – or Good Morning ? Hang in out there. Bri.”

Zappa was a multi-instrumentarlist best known as a member of The Mothers of Invention.

He died in 1993, aged just 52-years-old after a battle with prostate cancer.

Yesterday, May performed Keep Yourself Alive in another micro-concert.

During that one, he praised Freddie Mercury vocalist Adam Lambert.

He said: “And Adam does a great job of singing it, bless him. Amazing. As he does with everything we give him.”

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Meanwhile, Queen drummer Roger Taylor has also been playing for fans, giving mini drum concerts.

The 72-year-old even paid tribute to late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

Taylor opened one video with a cover of Immigrant Song.

He said: “That was a very old, John Bonham type thing.”

Taylor added: “Such a great drummer. He really knew how to do it.”

Queen and Adam Lambert have been playing some Led Zeppelin during their latest tour.

At at least a couple of concerts they performed Whole Lotta Love.

While also having played Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel too.

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Antiques Roadshow: Napoleon’s razor given whopping five-figure valuation

Antiques Roadshow travelled to Salisbury Cathedral to give a host of budding antique dealers the chance to bring in their items for valuation last year, and one piece which caught expert, Marc Allum’s eye was an item supposedly from Napoleon’s personal collection.

Marc began by explaining how much of a fan he was of Napoleon antiques and revealed he even has Napoleon’s death mask hanging up at home. 

He said: “When you appeared with this item which for all intents and purposes appears to be Napoleon’s razor, of course, I was completely enthralled by it.

“I really need to ask you how on earth you have Napoleon’s razor?” he asked. 

The guest revealed: “In 1816 my great great great grandfather’s elder brother purchased this item. 

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“There was an inscription inside the case written by him, where he explains that he bought it from a Prussian officer in 1816, who had taken it from Napoleon’s carriages at the end of the Battle of Waterloo when the Prussians were chasing and trying to capture Napoleon.”

Marc continued: “It might be interesting to fill that in a bit because for those people that don’t know at the end of the battle as Napoleon was trying to escape and in his carriage.

“His carriage for the Rolls Royce of carriages, it really was, it was bulletproof, it was kitted out with the most incredible personal effects.”

“There was literally everything,” Marc added. “The Prussians chased it down, Napoleon managed to get away, of course, it was booty.

“People wanted things out of it, so did this come from that carriage, what are your feelings?”

The owner responded: “In the description, he talks about the Prussian officer being from the 15th infantry regiment and I looked a bit into that and in the brigade that captured his carriages. The 15th regiment was in that.”

“In provenance terms that sounds good,” Marc confirmed. “Let’s take a closer look at the two items because what we have is the razor itself which is of beautiful quality, with mother of pearl insets.

“What I will say to you is that the design absolutely matches the design of objects that Napoleon commissioned.”

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“That’s absolutely fine for me in terms of its overall design,” he added.

Marc continued: “Interestingly enough there’s no ’N’ on this but the other item that we have is this, which is for sharpening your razor.

“And this has an ’N’ cypher on it and it also has the French imperial eagle on it. 

“Absolutely no doubt in my mind these are period items and of good enough quality to belong to Napoleon.

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“So the question is, are they right? I think maybe a little bit more research to conclusively nail it.”

“But in my mind, it feels very very good these feel like items that have Napoleon’s DNA on them,” he added.

Revealing his valuation, he said: “So I am going to put a value of £10,00 to15,000 on them.”

As the owner gasped in shock, Marc said: It’s wonderful to talk about it, wonderful to handle and see them and I would love to put them next to my death mask at home.”

Antiques Roadshow continues on BBC One at 8pm.

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Strictly Come Dancing: EastEnders star to sign-up after ex-star drops hint

EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton took part in Strictly Come Dancing back in 2006 when she was paired up with former professional dancer Vincent Simone. The star has now revealed which EastEnders star she believes could have signed up for the 2020 series of the show. 

Despite a number of BBC and ITV shows being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, Strictly Come Dancing is set to continue. 

In an Instagram Q&A with professional dancer Neil Jones, the pro ‘confirmed’ it would go ahead but they would continue to listen to government advice. 

The Strictly bosses announced the 2020 series professionals last week, but the celebrities are yet to be revealed. 

However, Louisa Lytton, who has played Ruby Allen since she was 15-years-old, has dropped a hint at who might be signing up. 

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Louisa also did an Instagram Q&A recently and one of the questions was about whether she would ever do Strictly Come Dancing again?

The EastEnders star came fourth in the 2006 series of Strictly with Vincent Simone. 

She said: “Believe me, I have asked to do the show again.

“I’ve done it once, you can’t do it again but the Children in Need special was amazing.

“But, I am hoping that Maisie Smith gets to do it this year,” she said as she crossed her fingers. 

Maisie, of course, plays Tiffany Butcher in the BBC soap, but maybe Louisa knows something viewers don’t about the actress’ dancing skills. 

This year’s professionals will be AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell and Giovanni Pernice.

They’ll be joined by Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Janette Manrara, Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones, and Oti Mabuse.

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Sarah James, Executive Producer, BBC Studios, says: “It’s wonderful to welcome back so many talented individuals within this year’s line-up of Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers.

“They are each at the top of their game and as a cast are simply incredible.

“We can’t wait to see what magic they will bring to the ballroom this year. Strictly 2020 promises to be an unforgettable series, with more exceptional choreography and world-class dancing.”

Other celebrities who have been hinted for the 2020 series have been Match of the Day favourite Mark Lawrenson and Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, but nothing has been set in stone just yet.

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EastEnders bosses announced last week that the soap would halt all production in a bid to keep their cast and crew safe from coronavirus. 

A BBC spokesman told Express.co.uk: “BBC says: “We will continue to review all productions on a case by case basis and will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the Foreign Office, World Health Organisation and Public Health England.”

So, Strictly could be the next victim to be taken off the air, but that remains to be seen. 

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Elvis Presley: The King’s HEARTBREAKING milestone reached this week

He’s the best-selling solo music artist of all time and The King of Rock and Roll lives on through his impressive back catalogue. However, Elvis Presley met a heartbreaking milestone this week. He has now been dead as long as he was alive.

Yesterday, a fan posted the fact on the Reddit Music page with the specific dates.

TobiasBloyd wrote: “Today Elvis Presley has been dead EXACTLY as long as he was alive. 

“The king was born on January 8, 1935, and he died 15,561 days later on Aug 16, 1977 – exactly 15,561 days ago.”

Elvis tragically died of a heart attack in the upstairs bathroom of his home in Graceland that fateful night, while sitting on the toilet. He was 42.

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A couple of years ago, Express.co.uk spoke exclusively with the man who appears in the last recorded footage of Elvis before he died.

That man was Todd Slaughter, the owner of The Official Elvis Presley fan club UK.

And he revealed just how unwell The King looked, while a makeup artist he spoke to there actually predicted his death was imminent.

Todd met The King at Indianapolis airport just six weeks before he died.

Todd revealed: “He was laughing his tits off.

“But you try to remember what it was all about. He was saying something funny about Colonel Parker [Elvis’ manager], not offensive or anything like that.

“Of course I did say, ‘When are you going to come [to tour the UK]?’”

Sadly The King never made it to the UK, except for a brief stop at the airport to change flights.

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Todd continued: “But of course by that time you could tell Elvis wasn’t a well guy to say the least.

“A lady producer from Danish telly was there and she said, ‘Have a close look at him.’

“‘Our makeup woman says his skin is rather pallor and he looks like he’s got six months to live.’

“And as it turned out it was six weeks. I was told this information by a very credible source.”

Meanwhile, Elvis’ home of Graceland has sadly been shut down temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As it stands, the most visited house in the US after the White House is set to reopen on April 4, although an extended closure period does seem more likely.

Nevertheless, the defiant Graceland has lit up the house in red, white and blue.

The patriotic move can be viewed on a live webcam on Graceland’s official website, while it will remain in place until reopening occurs.

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