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Right in 2021: Rhys Stephenson on why he won’t replace AJ Odudu in the final

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Seriously to dance What’s in 2021? Rhys Stephenson insists he will not replace AJ Odudu in the final because he plans to ‘sit back and enjoy himself’.

The CBBC host teamed up with professional dancer Nancy Xu on the hit series but just missed a spot in the long awaited finals, after an intense dance with AJ and Kai Widdrington in the semi-finals.

The BBC confirmed on Friday that AJ won’t dance on Saturday after sustaining a serious leg injury, prompting actresses Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice and Great British Bake Off stars John Whaite and Johannes Radebe to perform head-to-head in an attempt to raise the Glitterball trophy.

However, noticing that one spot was open, fans quickly flooded Rhys with messages and ask if he’ll be back on the dance floor.

The star addressed the speculation on her Instagram stories, saying: ‘I have received so many messages and so many messages from friends of people to my friends my loved ones and asked if I would join in the end now because AJ hurt himself.

‘Let me tell you now. Absolutely not. What, two days for three dances? No, I take my mental health too seriously. ‘

Rhys and Nancy reach the semi-finals (Image: BBC/Guy Levy)
AJ suffered a nasty leg injury earlier in the week (Image: Instagram @ajoodudu)

“I’m going there to enjoy myself and have a good time, that ship has sailed,” he added.

AJ and Kai both are in tears spoke to It Takes Two host Rylan Clark after seeing a build of their highlights from the past 13 weeks on the show.

The TV presenter revealed she was ‘gutted’ out of the final after injuring a ligament during training, and was not allowed to put weight on her leg or she might have to faced a year of rehab after that.

Will Rose or John be your winner? (Image: BBC / PA Wire)

Rose and John will make two habits They’ve previously danced on Strictly, as well as their crash-filled performance.

The couple opted to re-do their Couple’s Choice, which featured a moment of silence celebrating the Deaf community.

Meanwhile, John and Johannes will dance the Paso Doble and the Rumba as well as their spectacular performance.

So who will be crowned champion? All will be revealed shortly.

The serious finale to Dancing airs on Saturdays at 7.10pm on BBC One.

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