Strictlys AJ Odudu asked BBC if she could perform in moonboot before quitting final

Strictlys AJ Odudu asked BBC if she could perform in moonboot before quitting final

AJ Odudu has emotionally shared the lengths she went to dance in the final of Strictly Come Dancing, before being forced to pull out of Saturday's live show due to an ankle injury.

Her devastating exit from the competition was announced on the Strictly Instagram account and the presenter then shared an emotional post of her own.

In it, the 34 year old thanked her partner Kai Widdrington, the medical team and the Strictly crew.

The star shared photos from her Strictly journey, including her first press shot with Kai, a snap of herself on a hospital bed and another with her huge medical boot and crutches.


AJ wrote alongside the snaps: "How it started. How it's going. I've had ultrasounds, MRI scans and x-rays. I've had two incisions to drain the inflammation around my ankle.

"I've injected local anaesthetic directly into my foot, I have been strapped up to an ice compression machine for days."

The energetic TV presenter continued: "I've done all I can possibly do to get back on my feet for the Strictly final, I even asked the docs if I could perform in a medical moonboot! But the fact is, I can't stand on my feet let alone dance because I've torn my spring ligament.

"Learning to dance over the last 13 weeks has been an incredible honour and to do it alongside someone as special, patient and devoted as Kai is something I'll treasure forever."

She added: "You're the bet Kai and I know you were ready to be my human crutch on that dancefloor come tomorrow night. Gutted!"

"Good luck to my partners in dance, John Waite & Johannes Radebe and Rose & Giovanni. I will be cheering you all on (on one leg)," she concluded.

As the injury flared up earlier this week, AJ was left in so much pain that she projectile vomited.

She tearfully explained on Wednesday's It Takes Two: "I can't pinpoint when it happened during training, in fact, we felt really positive after training on Monday. I felt fine but the pain came on so suddenly and acutely that I actually projectile vomited."

"I'm unable to stand on my right foot and I can't stand up without crutches… and I'm really upset, I'm sorry. I'm upset as we were so excited on Monday, we've got three amazing dances that we really want to perform."

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