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Finally right in 2021: Rose Ayling-Ellis speaks out about AJ Odudu’s exit

AJ Odudu confirms the heartbreaking news she’s exited Strict (Image: BBC)

Seriously come to dance‘S John Whaite and Rose Ayling-Ellis were ‘devastated’ when AJ Odudu and her partner Kai Widdrington was forced withdraw from the contest jJust one day before the final.

TV presenter AJ, 33, confirmed she was leaving the BBC series after a ‘tormenting’ injury during a rehearsal earlier this week, leaving Bake Off winners John and the actress EastEnders Rose as the two finalists left to compete for the glitterball trophy.

In an Instagram post, she wrote: ‘I had an ultrasound, an MRI scan and an X-ray. I made two incisions to relieve inflammation around the ankle.

‘I had a local anesthetic injected directly into my foot, I was tied to a compression machine for days. I did everything I could to regain my strength @bbcstrictly Finally, I even asked the docs if I could perform in a medical moonboot!

‘But the reality was that I couldn’t stay on my feet let alone jump because I tore my spring ligament.

‘Learning to dance for the past 13 weeks has been an incredible honor and to be able to do it next to someone as special, patient and dedicated as Kai is something I will cherish forever. You are the best @kaiwidd And I know you’re ready to be my crutch on the dance floor tomorrow night. Mouth! ‘

Rose said she was ‘totally devastated’ for AJ (Image: BBC)

She continued: ‘I want to say a huge thank you to the Strictly family for the experience, the medical team that went out of their way to get me back on my feet and mostly everyone at home watching. and support. You made this experience memorable and I couldn’t be more grateful for your well wishes. Dancing seriously has been a dream of my life and I’m so glad it came true.

‘Good luck to my dance partners, @john_whaite & @Johannesradebe and @ Rose.ae and @ perniceGiovann1. I will cheer you all (on one leg). ‘

Her rival (but friend) John commented: ‘Love you so much. You deserve this because you worked so hard for it, and you are a beacon of joy and positivity to many of us. Regardless of this blow, please remember how many people you have touched and inspired. ‘

He added below a post by Kai: ‘So sorry for both of you, and I’m so sorry this happened to you guys. You deserve to be there with us, you worked so hard and were great friends during this madness. Love you.’

Rose, who is the favorite to win tomorrow night, said: ‘Absolutely devastating for both of them. You should be proud of all the work you have done. It’s so beautiful. I am sending so much love to both of you. ‘

Metro.co.uk revealed Rhys Stephenson will not be returning to the final to take AJ’s spot after being knocked out of the competition last week.

Contestant Tilly Ramsay also quit performing in the final against the rest of the cast after catching Covid.

The Serious Dance Finale airs tomorrow night at 7pm on BBC One.

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