Aj Odudu and Kai Widdrington have made their first TV interview since pulling out of the Strictly Come Dancing final with injury.
The pair were both in floods of tears speaking to It Takes Two host Rylan Clark after watching a montage of their highlights throughout the past 13 weeks on the show.
AJ revealed that she was ‘gutted’ not to be taking part in the final after damaging her ligament in training, and is not allowed to put weight on the foot or she could face a year of rehab afterwards.
She told Rylan: ‘Do you know what, we had the best time and on Monday we rehearsed and we were just excited like: “Right, we’re going to do the jive, we’re going to do the Charleston, what a way to end our experience.”
‘My ankle’s given way and my ligament has ruptured and it’s just not gonna happen. We’re gutted because we were ready to smash it.
‘This isn’t the way that we wanted to go out, obviously, but even just looking back at all of those moments, it’s just been an absolute pleasure dancing with Kai every single week, so thank you.’
Just as AJ and Kai managed to compose themselves, they were treated to a series of messages from AJ’s family an friends describing how wonderful it was to watch her on the show, leading to further tears.
AJ was forced to quit the show just days before the final on medical advice after she had injured her foot, leaving her unable to dance.
The final will now see Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice take on John Whaite and Johannes Radebe for the coveted glitter ball trophy.
The BBC said in a statement: ‘Sadly due to injury AJ and Kai have had to withdraw from #Strictly and won’t compete in tomorrow’s final.
‘We want to thank them for 13 incredible weeks on the show and the pure joy they brought to the dance floor every week.’
AJ told fans: ‘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 & Johannes and Rose and Giovanni. I will be cheering you on (on one leg!).’
The Strictly Come Dancing final airs on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.
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