Right in 2021: Motsi Mabuse said not to eliminate AJ Odudu because of a leg injury

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Seriously come to dance judge Motsi Mabuse trust AJ Odudu She still had a chance in the competition even though she injured her leg.

TV presenter AJ suffered a ‘injury’ to a ligament in her foot on Monday that left her on crutches.

She is determined to make it to the Strictly final on Saturday with her professional dance partner Kai Widdrington, where she will perform three dances.

Fans may be worried about AJ’s place in the finals but judge Motsi is confident.

Speaking to Serious: It Takes host Janette Manrara, Motsi said on Thursday’s show: ‘First of all, she’s done a great, wonderful job. Honestly, watching AJ perform weekly, I think it will move a lot of people.

‘Seriously all over the world a lot of little girls are going to meet her and we don’t have that, I didn’t have that as a little girl so watch her do it, I really love her he and she shine. I think she has that strength. ‘

AJ commends dance partner Kai for supporting her physically and mentally (Image: Backgrid)

She then warned: ‘Don’t just put her aside, she has that power, she showed it, she made it through the dance ring, she came back stronger, so all i can say is just put your heart on the dancefloor, take care of yourself but just go out there and have a really great time. ‘

AJ, 36, appeared on It Takes Two the night before and was moved to tears as she detailed her traumatic injury.

The contestant explained: ‘I’m sad because on Monday we were so excited,’ she said. ‘We have three great dances that we really want to perform.

She injured a ligament in her leg but don’t know how it happened (Image: @ajodudu, Instagram)

‘And I know I’m sad but I’m really still hopeful. I’m surrounded by a really great medical team who are doing their best to get me back to normal.

‘And of course, I’ve got Kai, who’s really holding me together, both physically and emotionally right now.’

AJ added that she was unaware of how she was injured during training, telling the programme: ‘We felt really positive after training on Monday, I feel fine, but the pain came so sudden and intense that I literally vomited.

‘I can’t stand on my right foot and can’t get up without crutches and I’m very uncomfortable.’

She will resist John Whaite and Rose Ayling-Ellis for the glitterball trophy at the weekend, but there’s a chance she’ll be forced to withdraw.

If so, Metro.co.uk understands that Rhys Stephenson, who left the competition last week, will not brought in to replace her.

The Serious Dance Finale airs at 7pm on Saturdays on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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