Strictly Come Dancing: I feel devastated for AJ Odudu says Erin Boag

Strictly: AJ and Kai in tears over family’s support

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IT’S the Strictly Come Dancing final and what a ride it’s been! The celebrities are no doubt exhausted but they’ve learned a new skill, formed lifelong friendships and had the time of their lives. Sadly, AJ Odudu had to withdraw from the competition yesterday after a foot injury left her on crutches earlier this week. I feel devastated for her. She was sensational and had worked unbelievably hard for 13 weeks then suddenly – bang – she had to pull out, probably in huge pain. Her dance partner, Kai Widdrington, told me on Thursday AJ had been a dream to work with and he couldn’t have asked for a nicer person with a harder work ethic.

On a happier note, I believe the romance rumours between them are true and I hope to be invited to the wedding!

Kai remains tight-lipped for now but their chemistry during last week’s rumba was electric.

So, we are down to two couples. The dynamic will be different but the BBC knows how to fill air time with a new dance or a song.

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe have shown how magical same-sex dancing can be.

Their jive was high-flying and foot-kicking while their Couple’s Choice was powerful and demonstrated their strong connection. They finish with a rumba, Paso to Pirates of the

Caribbean and a show dance mixing moves from the Argentine tango and Charleston.

I adored the grace and pure choreography of Rose Ayling- Ellis’s waltz, and her strong leg lines and sensuous Argentine tango exceeded my expectations.

She will recreate her iconic silent dance for her final Couple’s Choice. It gave us a taste of Rose’s world and made us fall in love with her.

She has developed a warmth and trust with her dance partner, Giovanni Pernice, showing viewers a softer side to his personality.

Giovanni has been a finalist three times but he and Rose will walk it tonight, especially with AJ gone.

Rose has stirred the public with her dancing and courage. She and Giovanni would be deserving Glitterball Trophy winners.

And speaking of winners… the BBC would be foolish not to bring back my dancing partner, Anton Du Beke, as a judge.

He has brought balance to the panel with his quick tongue and fantastic knowledge.

Regular judge Bruno Tonioli has chosen America over Britain for two years and, as the saying goes, if you snooze, you lose.

As for me, I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this column over the last 13 weeks. Thank you dear Express reader for being a part of it.

I’m already counting down the days until the start of Strictly 2022. Are you? Bring it on.

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