The TV presenter landed in the dance-off with her professional partner Kai Widdrington after their salsa to Gloria Estefan’s Rhythm Is Gonna Get You placed them at the bottom of the leaderboard.
The couple secured a place in the semi-final after they performed the number again, however, it was BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker and his partner Nadiya Bychkova who were eliminated by the judges.
Speaking to Rylan Clark-Neal on Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two, AJ admitted: ‘At the beginning, I felt like a pop star. When I was at the top of those stairs in that beautiful dress, I felt like Jennifer Lopez.
‘And I got down the stairs, jumped over Kai, looked into his eyes and I was like, right we’re in, let’s salsa our socks off. And then it just slowly went downhill a little bit. I got tangled up.’
She said she and Kai had ‘never once played it safe’ and every week she has pushed herself outside her comfort zone.
‘I know that was a tough routine because it was challenging for Kai as well,’ she continued. ‘That’s when you know, when the pro finds it hard.
‘But genuinely, I would much rather stumble going for it than just have an easy ride.’
Kai agreed, adding: ‘I’d rather it go wrong and do that than play it safe. So I think it’s good that we push the boundaries with each other.’
The couple explained that they had missed a step before the lift and this had caused the stumble, which saw AJ’s legs get tangled around Kai’s shoulders.
‘I realised if I tried to put her down she would have hit her head, so I thought, I’m just gonna wait for her to climb off my shoulder, and then I will usher her back to her end position,’ Kai said.
The couple will perform a quickstep to Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman, as well as a rumba to Show Me Heaven by Maria McKee, a Latin number that Odudu has struggled with over the competition.
However, the TV presenter stressed: ‘I’m not worried because genuinely being so close to leaving at the weekend has just made me realise how much fun I’m having.
‘This whole experience is so magical. I don’t want to be scared of a single dance. I’m seeing it as an absolute massive opportunity to redeem myself and show that I can do Latin dances as well.’
It Takes Two airs weeknights at 6.30pm on BBC Two.
Credit: Original article published here.