AJ Odudu suffers ‘brutal’ week with Kai behind the scenes at Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly: AJ Odudu says she's 'scared' as she practices Charleston

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AJ Odudu, 33, has posted an Instagram photo discussing the hardships she has faced in this last week of Strictly Come Dancing. The TV presenter has said that she hopes it all pays off in tomorrow’s show. 

I underestimated how challenging and how physically demanding the dance was

AJ Odudu

In view of her 169,000 followers, the contestant said that she has thoroughly enjoyed performing, though it has come with some difficulty. 

She said: “It’s been another brutal but brilliant week @bbcstrictly : lots of work with lots of play! 

“Hope it all comes good tomorrow. Either way I’ll be forever grateful to my pro Kai and I’ll never take my feet for granted again!

“They work so hard I could kiss ’em, even when they’re hangin’ on for dear life!”

Many of AJ’s fans were very supportive for her and expressed this in the comments on the post. 

Sandrabphotography wrote: “Bless ya so excited about your dance tomorrow.”

Sarah_mansfield239 said: “It will all be worth when you smash it tomorrow”

Other fans expressed excitement for her.

Cazbarpintar1974 wrote: “Lol but at least we get to see the fruits of your pain This paso is gunna be so extra.” (sic)

Picker65 wrote: “Cannot wait to watch you do this! You got my vote last week ad would love to see you win the glitter ball x.”

AJ and dance partner Kai last week impressed judges with their Charleston dance to Don’t Bring Lulu by Dorothy Provine, Picky and The Girls. 

The presenter however was quick to break into tears as she received positive comments from the judges, overwhelmed by the feedback. 

She told Claudia Winkleman how this comes after a hard week of training.

Judge Motsi Mabuse said of the routine: “AJ I feel so proud of that dance, so authentic, everything you put into it, the acting, the condition.”

Shirley Ballas added: “I don’t think there’s a paddle big enough, bold enough for you – that was absolutely off the chart.”

AJ spoke more of the Charleston dance routine and how terrified she was to get it right.

She said, speaking of her recent injuries: “The Charleston is a dangerous dance and it’s a dance I’ve always wanted to learn. 

“I underestimated how challenging and how physically demanding the dance was.”

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