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AJ Odudu has ended her Strictly Come Dancing quarter-final routine in tears after a disastrous lift left her bottom of the leaderboard.
The TV presenter and her partner Kai Widdrington closed the show with a fast-paced Salsa, but unfortunately, their final daring lift went completely wrong, leaving the performance on a stumbled ending.
Pro dancer Widdrington attempted the awkward lift by trying to pick up Odudu by her leg, but the lift got off on the wrong foot and was impossible to correct, meaning they had to abandon their big finish.
— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly) December 4, 2021
Odudu was left in tears of disappointment as she told host Claudia Winkleman and her partner Widdrington: "I'm so gutted because we worked so hard this week and I just hope I've not let you down, I'm so sorry."
The couple were left in last place with 30 points, but Odudu still thanked the judges for their scores, saying: "I'm genuinely grateful, thank you."
She wiped away tears and was comforted by Widdrington, who took responsibility for the fumbled lift.
Head judge Shirley Ballas told them: "Like any quarter-final in any championship, it takes nerves of steel and things go wrong. Your ending, a bit like John and Jojo, it went wrong.
"I'm assuring you it was on its way to a 10, it was just unfortunate."
Anton Du Beke joked: "It was quite a long ending, it went on and on, I was thinking 'just drop her, quick! Stop playing!'...I loved it in general, but the ending was like, 'please, stop, I can't bear it!'."
— Loved By You (Tola) (@LovedByYou14) December 4, 2021
HOW IS THIS FAIR?? John and Johannes made a mistake and Craig goes 'I love it when it goes wrong' but when AJ and Kai go wrong Craig goes 'mistakes happen and you have to deal with it'?? #Strictly
— Emily🍓 (@emily_wright29) December 4, 2021
So, Dan’s dance is given those comments, yet Shirley gives 9? Then Aj makes a tiny error & gets 7’s… Make it make sense please🙄. #Strictly
— Ellie N (@EllieLuvsLiamPx) December 4, 2021
Craig Revel Horwood held nothing back as he said: "The end was a complete dance disaster, darling, but you know, that can be fixed. One day."
Motsi Mabuse said she was disappointed for Odudu: "That ending killed me, I was like, 'stop the music guys, now!'...You almost, almost showed Latin I can do this, watch me."
However, Odudu and Widdrington were in good company as they weren't the only couple with a disastrous lift - John Whaite and Johannes Radebe had the same problem.
They opened the show, also dancing a Salsa and also ending their routine with a lift that went wrong as Whaite dropped Radebe to the floor.
Craig Revel Horwood smiled as he admitted: "I love it when it goes wrong."
But Revel Horwood added that he thought the former Bake Off winner was a brilliant dancer, as Mabuse, who has returned after a week off isolating when she came into contact with someone with COVID, agreed with his comments.
Laughing, she told the couple: "Like Craig I loved it, because it's just so funny."
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