Injured AJ vows to cheer on one leg after being forced out of Strictly finale - The Evesham Observer

Injured AJ vows to cheer on one leg after being forced out of Strictly finale

Evesham Editorial 17th Dec, 2021 Updated: 17th Dec, 2021   0

INJURY has forced AJ Odudu and professional partner Kai Widdrington to withdraw from Strictly Come Dancing’s Grand Final.

Despite 13 weeks of competition which saw the presenter make the final three alongside baker John Whaite and Eastenders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis, the decision has been made that sadly AJ cannot dance in Saturday’s final.

After consulting medical professionals regarding her recent injury, AJ said: “I’m deeply upset that I am unable to perform in the final due to a torn ligament in my right ankle.

“Learning to dance over the last 13 weeks has been an incredible honour and to do it alongside someone as special, patient and devoted as Kai is something I’ll treasure forever.

“Thank you to the Strictly family for the experience, the medical team for trying to get me back on my feet and mostly, to everyone at home for watching and supporting. You’ve made this experience one to remember.

“Strictly Come Dancing has been a lifelong dream and I’m glad it came true. Good luck to my partners in dance, John and Johannes and Rose and Giovanni. I will be cheering you on (on one leg!).”

Kai said: “I’ve been absolutely honoured to get to dance with the incredible AJ Odudu for the last few months and although neither of us wanted our journey to end this way, AJ’s health and safety are by far the most important things.

“I want to thank AJ for being the absolute best partner I could ever have asked for in my first year on the show and I will always treasure the memories of dancing in the Strictly ballroom with her. I know we will be friends for life and I will be there for her through her recovery in whatever way I can.

“I want to wish good luck to John and Johannes and Rose and Giovanni for the Final. And finally the biggest thank you to everyone who voted for us throughout the series, your support has been unforgettable.”

You can watch the Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm on BBC One 

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