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Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington pull out of 2021 final

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  • Kai Widdrington
    British dancer
  • AJ Odudu
    British television presenter

Strictly Come Dancing finalists AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington have pulled out of tomorrow evening's (December 18) finale.

AJ suffered an ankle injury during rehearsals this week, though the show has sadly confirmed that she has had to withdraw from the show on the advice of medical professionals.

"I'm deeply upset that I am unable to perform in the final due to a torn ligament in my right ankle," AJ said. "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.

Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

"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!)

Kai added: "I've been absolutely honoured to get to dance with the incredible AJ Odudu for the last few months and although neither of us wanted our journey to end this way, AJ's health and safety are by far the most important things.

Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC
Photo credit: Guy Levy - BBC

"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."

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