ASTON Merrygold has praised his former Strictly Come Dancing co-stars and thanked them for being "f***ing brilliant" after his shock elimination this weekend.
Fans of the show were left stunned on Sunday night as it was revealed that the JLS star was in the dance off alongside The Saturdays star Mollie King.
BBC Aston admitted that he was gutted to be booted from the show
They were then left irate when he was given the boot in a controversial move by head judge Shirley Ballas, who was given the deciding vote.
However, despite his loss, Aston has taken to Instagram to say that while he was "gutted" he had left the show, he wished his fellow co-stars the best.
In the long statement posted alongside their Salsa to Despacito, he wrote: "Ok so lemme do this properly!! @bbcstrictly thank you so much for letting me be apart of such a great year I've made some amazing new homies!!
"Class of 17 you are all f***ing brilliant can't wait for our catch up night out.. good luck to you all!!"
Aston lost against Mollie and AJ in the dance-off on Sunday BBC Janette and Aston had continually been on the top of the leaderboard before their week 7 stumble Aston and Janette perform series of tricky lifts during a Salsa to Despacito on Strictly
He then praised the viewers at home for keeping him in and added: "Every single person that commented, posted, voted every week thank you so much for the love and chance to do what I love to do most.. ENTERTAIN!!
"All you strictly pros.. you are all ridiculously talented and I've loved watching and learning from you all."
In his goodbye message, Aston heaped praise on his dance partner, Janette Manrara BBC Handout Aston posted a video of his performance to Despacito as he thanks Janette for his Strictly experience
He then focused on his dance partner, Janette Manrara, and wrote a heartfelt thank you, saying: "The biggest shout out and thank you to my dance partner @jmanrara also known as the Latin sensation!"
"You have made this whole experience perfect!," he added. "From AMAZING routines every week, to fun and help in rehearsals, to being a great friend from it take 2 to chill time with team45!"
Aston and Janette's exit left everyone in tears on the show after the shock announcement Aston Merrigold and Janette Manrara dance the Quick Step on Strictly Come Dancing
He then reassured fans that he had bigger things to focus on and was remaining positive despite his loss, and said: "Guys life is great I'm gutted obviously but… I'm not sad that it's over, I'm happy that it got to happen! 🙌🏾🙏🏾❤
"next stop and adventure being a daddy 😁❤😍 oh and some music n tours n sh*****t.. But daddy first ha!"
Instagram Aston has now said he's focusing on preparing for his first child Aston's elimination left everyone stunned – including his competitors and the audience at home
Aston's elimination comes with one silver lining after revealing that he was prepared to leave the dancefloor mid-song if his girlfriend went into early labour.
Speaking to the Mirror, he said: “If I got to the final it would be amazing, it would be great, but what if suddenly her waters broke?”
Aston Merrygold and Janette Manrara dance the Paso Doble on Strictly Come Dancing
“If that happens then I’m not going to finish the dance. I’ll be straight out, grab the bag, let’s go. I’m prepared.”
Meanwhile, fans have threatened to boycott the show in favour of rival The X Factor after Aston's elimination.
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