Sara Davies says AJ Odudu has been 'robbed' of place in Strictly final

‘I’m totally devastated for her’: Sara Davies claims AJ Odudu has been ‘robbed’ of a place in Strictly final after suffering ligament damage to her foot as she shares snap with injured star

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Sara Davies took to Instagram on Saturday to share how ‘absolutely distraught’ she is that AJ Odudu has been ‘robbed’ of a place in the Strictly Come Dancing final. 

The Dragon’s Den star, 37, who vas voted out of the show in week eight, pulled a sad expression while posing alongside AJ, who used crutches and a protective boot.

Her TV host pal, 33, was forced to pull out of the competition on Friday after suffering ligament damage to her foot earlier this week, leaving her unable to stand. 

Tragic: Sara Davies (left) took to Instagram on Saturday to share how ‘absolutely distraught’ she is that AJ Odudu (right) has pulled out of the Strictly Come Dancing final

Sara wrote in her caption: ‘Can I just say how absolutely distraught I am for this one……. 

‘She’s been absolutely robbed of a place in the strictly final and I am totally devastated for her, but she’s got her head held high and still out there supporting the other finalists in the way that only AJ could and she’s flipping amazing!

‘Love her to bits! #strictly #strictlycomedancing @bbcstrictly @ajodudu.’

A follow-up video saw AJ hobbling her way into a Hilton Hotel while Sara greeted her with an announcement of, ‘She’s back!’ 

Frustrating: The Dragon’s Den star, 37, who vas voted out of the competition in week eight, pulled a sad expression while posing alongside her TV host pal, 33, who used crutches and a protective boot

Pals: A follow-up video saw AJ hobbling her way into a Hilton Hotel while Sara greeted her with an announcement of, ‘She’s back!’


On the mend: The presenter pulled out of the competition on Friday, after suffering ligament damage to her foot earlier this week, leaving her unable to stand

Upset: She wrote in her caption: ‘Can I just say how absolutely distraught I am for this one…….’

The star, who’s partnered with rumoured boyfriend Kai Widdrington, 26, was spotted leaving her London hotel later in the day to head to her final rehearsals on crutches, just one day before the Strictly final.

AJ – who is said to have had treatment on Wednesday – is unable to put any weight on her foot, and was hoping to compete in the final but ultimately made the decision to pull out.

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

Sad news: After consulting medical professionals, AJ said in a statement: ‘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!)’

Oh no! The star was spotted leaving her London hotel later in the day to head to her final rehearsals on crutches, just one day before the Strictly final

Now the live final will see just John Whaite and Johannes Radebe and Rose Ayling Ellis and Giovanni Pernice compete for the Glitterball Trophy.

Dance partner Kai Widdrington said: ‘I’ve been absolutely honoured to get to dance with the incredible AJ Odudu for the last few months.

‘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.’

Tragic: AJ had been hoping to compete alongside her dance partner and rumoured boyfriend Kai Widdrington in Saturday’s live final

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