Strictly’s AJ Odudu breaks down in tears as injury leaves her unable to stand

Strictly’s AJ Odudu breaks down in tears as injury leaves her unable to stand


Strictly's AJ Odudu broke down on air as she featured on the spin-off show It Takes Two, as she struggled to keep it together while talking to host Janette Manrara.

The star currently cannot stand on her left foot and can't walk properly without crutches, which has left her devastated.

AJ explained on the show: "Oh I'm upset because I've suffered an injury. I don't know when it happened but essentially I got issues with my joint. I've suffered a traumatic injury to my ligaments, there's a lot of inflammation and I can't pinpoint when it happened during training. In fact, I felt really positive after training.

"But the pain came so suddenly that I projectile vomited and I can't stand up on my right foot and I can't stand up without crutches and I'm really upset, I'm sorry," she choked on her tears.

She continued: "We were so excited on Monday, we've got three amazing dances that we really want to perform. I know I'm getting upset but I am genuinely remaining hopeful.

"I'm surrounded by a really great medical team and of course I've got kai is really holding me together physically and emotionally."

The 33-year-old television presenter is due to compete in the final of the BBC One dancing show this Saturday with professional dancer Kai Widdrington, but it all hangs in the balance after her injury.

An insider told the Mirror: "This is the worst possible timing but AJ is a real trooper and will keep going no matter what. The pain in her foot was terrible."

AJ scored her first perfect 40 during Saturday's semi-final for one of her two routines – a quickstep – which judge Craig Revel Horwood gushed was "incredible".

Her other semi-final routine, a rumba, earned her a score of 39 out of a possible 40, leaving her and EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis joint top of the leaderboard after Saturday night where they both scored a 40 and 39 respectively for their routines.

Joining her in the final are Former Bake Off winner John Whaite and Johannes Radebe and Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice.

Strictly Come Dancing final airs Saturday on BBC One at 7pm

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