AJ Odudu looked in good spirits when she left Strictly Studios on Saturday night, despite having to miss the final due to a foot injury.
The presenter, 33, was wearing a stunning broken toe when she exited Elstree Studios in a taxi.
She suffered ligament damage earlier this week, and although she has made things easier in recent days, she was forced to withdraw from the competition on Friday.
Said: AJ Odudu, 33, looked in good spirits when she left Strictly Studios on Saturday night, despite having to miss the final due to a foot injury.
AJ smiled and threw a peace sign from inside the car as she drove home.
She wore a short sequined dress, which she paired with an eye-catching fluffy green coat.
Earlier in the evening, AJ and her dance partner Kai Widdrington spoke to Claudia Winkleman about having to miss the final dances.
She said emotionally: ‘Honestly, Claudia, I don’t know how to describe the feeling of a broken heart. But this is what it looks like.
“But, we had the best time on this show and you know, I was wearing a brave face, Kai was wearing a brave face.”
Sad: She suffered ligament damage earlier this week, and although she made things easier this week, she had to quit competition on Friday
She added, ‘We loved the show tonight. Rose, John, Johannes, and Giovanni are incredible – but we wanted to be on the dance floor with them.
We’ve been swallowing tears all night but I’m so happy. I’m really happy and grateful to be here – I did all those amazing dances, learned so much, met all these beautiful people – [I] He had the best clothes ever! ”
AJ and Kai were at the heart of romance rumors during the show’s run and used the time to pay homage to him – and her “unbreakable bond.”
I literally wouldn’t be here without Kai. Learning to dance has really been the biggest fun and every week we said ‘Dance like it was the last time’.
Bad luck: Earlier in the evening, AJ and her dance partner Kai Widdrington spoke to Claudia Winkleman about having to miss the final dances
‘And I’m so glad we did from week one because we didn’t know our last dance was our last. We didn’t know. But I’m glad our last dance, in the plural, I’m glad it was great and that everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.
The choked Claudia also paid tribute to the stoic Kai, who debuted this year.
The choreographer replied, “This girl outdoes herself every week. Every week when I go into the practice room I feel like the luckiest professional to be in the room with a woman like this. She’s the strongest character even after the setbacks we’ve been through.”
Annoying: emotionally, she said, “Frankly, Claudia, I don’t know how to describe the feeling of a broken heart. But that’s how I feel.”
You made my first season at Strictly the best experience ever and this will always have a special place in my heart. We didn’t get a chance to dance tonight, but oh my gosh she looks the part! “
EastEnders deaf actress Rose Aaling Ellis and dance partner Giovanni Bernice raised the ball of sparkle when she was crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing after competing against John Whaite in the most varied final in the show’s 17-year history.
The deadly end to the 2021 series came as viewers voted for after Rose, 27, and John, 32, formed their first-ever male sexual partnership with Johannes Radebe, on the leaderboard with the judges praising both of them. The “leading” roles they played in the competition.
winner! East Enders deaf actress Rose Ayling-Ellis raised the ball of sparkle when she was crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing after competing against John White in the most varied final in the show’s 17-year history.
When her name was revealed as the 2021 Strictly Winner, Rose told Giovanni: “I just want to say that you are so amazing. It made me believe in myself more than I believe in myself. You are a great teacher, but not only are you a great friend.
We’ve been through so much, and I just want you to know no matter what happens, no matter how busy we are, I want you to know that you always have a part of my heart. You really did it.’
In tears, Giovanni also showed off his success on the BBC show with his first win since joining Strictly seven years ago.
Gentle runner-up: The painful end to the 2021 series came after judges praised the ‘leading’ roles they played in the competition