Strictly Come Dancing: Aston and Janette hug post-training

He has a lot to live up to after topping the leaderboard with a -inspired cha-cha-cha last week.

But Strictly Come Dancing's Aston Merrigold seemed calm and collected after a days training as he hugged his partner Janette Manrara on Thursday.

The dancing duo embraced as they left their dance studio in North London, after a day of practice honing their quickstep ahead of this Saturday's show.

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Dance buddies: Strictly Come Dancing's Aston Merrigold embraced partner Janette Manrara on Thursday as they left training in North London

Dance buddies: Strictly Come Dancing's Aston Merrigold embraced partner Janette Manrara on Thursday as they left training in North London

The former JLS star looked totally casual in jeans, trainers, a white t-shirt and a green jacket as he pulled a suitcase full of belongings away from training.

Aston, who will soon become a father for the first time with girlfriend Sarah Lou Richards, finished his look with a simple trilby hat as he headed home from practice.

Partner Janette, who is married to fellow Strictly pro Aljaž Skorjanec, went for a similarly casual ensemble in grey and black gym wear, keeping warm in a leather jacket.

The pair have become one of the favourites to win this series after wowing the judges with three high-scoring dances.

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