This year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing has been beset with absences due to Covid, but never did we imagine that one of final three would have to pull out of the show’s finale due to injury.
In sad news, AJ Odudu has announced that she and her partner Kai Widdrington will not be able to dance on Saturday, after a torn ligament has left her on crutches.
The presenter was already emotional talking about her injury on It Takes Two earlier in the week, but determined to perform regardless.
However, today AJ revealed that despite medical intervention she simply can’t participate.
Odudu said: ‘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 for ever.
‘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!).’
The BBC are yet to reveal exactly what this means for the final show, although we assume it will now be a two-horse race between Rose Ayling-Ellis and John Whaite.
AJ has already been inundated with support from fans on Instagram, with many saying they were gutted for the star. We hope you recover soon AJ!