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AJ Odudu suffers 'dance disaster' on Strictly Come Dancing quarter final

AJ Odudu, Kai Widdrington - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy
AJ Odudu, Kai Widdrington - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

AJ Odudu's salsa ended in a dance disaster on Strictly Come Dancing 2021's latest live show tonight.

The TV presenter and Kai Widdrington performed their latest routine to Rhythm Is Gonna Get You/Get On Your Feet by Gloria Estefan.

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And while it started well, the ending went rather wrong as the pair messed up their final lift.

Shirley Ballas praised AJ's "pure sass" and encouraged: "It was on its way to a ten, you are fantastic. It's just unfortunate".

"The rest of it was terrific," Anton Du Beke. "I loved it in general but the ending was... 'PLEASE STOP. I CAN'T BEAR IT.'"

Craig Revel Horwood commented: "You were totally watchable. Yes, the ending was a complete dance disaster darling but that can be fixed... one day. Well done anyway."

"That ending killed me," Motsi Mabuse told AJ. "But all in all this was a powerful Latin dance for you, just keep going."

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After the routine, AJ & Kai ended the night bottom of the leaderboard with 30 marks.

She told host Claudia Winkleman: "I'm so gutted because we worked so hard this week. I don't want to get emotional but I just hope everyone at home doesn't think I've let them down."

Meanwhile Kai said: "I think I missed the hand, I take the blame for that one."

AJ and Kai weren't the only pair to suffer an unfortunate evening on Strictly this weekend.

Opening the show, Johannes Radebe and John Whaite - also dancing the salsa - had a similar questionable ending to their routine.

Anton branded their dance "terrific" and joked: "I've lifted a few partners on Strictly over the years that I couldn't wait to put down."

And Craig laughed: "The hips went well, it was a shame about the last lift. I love it when it goes wrong. I absolutely love it. But you had absolutely no chance, you had to just throw him on the floor in the end.

"That normally is a lovely lift. I'd love to see it again working."

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Come the end of the night, Rhys Stephenson and Rose Ayling-Ellis shared top place on the scoreboard with 39 points each.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Sunday night with the latest dance off.

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