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Strictly final 2021: AJ Odudu’s ‘heart is broken’ to not be competing after injury

AJ Odudu admitted she was ‘heartbroken’ to be forced to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing days before the final.

The presenter was forced to quit the show after injuring a ligament in her foot during rehearsals with partner Kai Widdrington, and was warned she’d face a year of rehab if she put weight on it.

Describing how emotional it was to have to pull out at the last hurdle, AJ sobbed: ‘I don’t know how to describe what it feels like to have a broken heart, and that’s what it feels like.’

She added: ‘But we have had the best time on this show and I’ve been putting on a brave face, Kai’s been putting on a brave face, we’ve loved the show tonight.’

While AJ thought John Whaite and Johannes Radebe and Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice were ‘incredible’ she wished she could have been there with them too.

Although the injury was not how she wanted her time on the show to end, AJ was also grateful to have been there at all and have the amazing experience that she did have.

AJ broke down admitting she was ‘heartbroken’ to leave (Picture: BBC)

The BBC said in a statement at the time: ‘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!).’


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