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Strictly Come Dancing: AJ Odudu sends flowers to replacement Maisie Smith as live tour kicks off

Maisie Smith has replaced AJ Odudu on the Strictly tour (Picture: ITV/Instagram)

AJ Odudu has sent Maisie Smith a gorgeous bouquet of flowers to wish her replacement good luck as the Strictly Come Dancing tour begins.

The TV presenter was forced to quit the nationwide tour on medical advice after injuring her foot ahead of the live final in December, with the EastEnders star taking her place.

Maisie, who was a finalist in the 2020 series, shared a picture of the cute floral gift from AJ on social media and thanked her for the thoughtful sentiment.

Taking to Instagram, she penned: ‘Aj you absolute beauty thank you so much for these.’ (sic)

Maisie will perform with AJ’s professional dance partner Kai Widdrington, joining series winners Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice, alongside Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec, and Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin.

Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu are also on the bill, alongside John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, and Max George and Katya Jones.

AJ sent Maisie a bouquet of flowers to celebrate the first day of the Strictly tour (Picture: Instagram)

‘I’m devastated not to be able to take part in the Strictly tour due to injury,’ AJ said at the time.

‘I had hoped for one last dance with Kai, but I must obviously follow the medical advice.

‘I wish my Strictly family the very best of luck on the road and I’ll definitely be there to cheer them on.’

Maisie added: ‘I’m thrilled to be asked to restart my Strictly journey on this year’s arena tour.

‘Kai and I will be dancing the quickstep and the samba – I can’t wait for rehearsals to start next week.

AJ was forced to pull out the Strictly final due to injury (Picture: BBC)

‘It will be a joy to dance with everyone and so great to see my EastEnders friend Rose again. I wish AJ a speedy recovery.’

AJ was forced to pull out of the live final of the 2021 series after suffering a torn ligament.

The TV presenter had consistently impressed the judges with her routines, but her absence meant the final went ahead with just two celebrity contestants – EastEnders actress and eventual winner Rose and Bake Off star John.

The tour will also feature group performances from the show’s professional dancers – Nadiya Bychkova, Amy Dowden, Neil Jones, Jake Leigh, Cameron Lombard, Luba Mushtuk and Jowita Przystal – while the judging panel will be made up of Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

It kicks off in Birmingham today, before travelling to Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Glasgow and Nottingham.

The tour will finish at London’s O2 Arena on February 13.

Credit: Original article published here.

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