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Strictly’s AJ Odudu refuses to let injury dull her sparkle – Fashionstyle Nigeria


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No rest for the wicked! (Picture: Backgrid)

AJ Odudu was forced to withdraw from the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 final with just days to go due to injury, but she’s not letting that get her down!

The TV presenter, 33, was seen at the final with crystal-encrusted crutches, and she seems to have kept hold of them as she was pictured making her way to work this morning.

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In true AJ style, she still had a beaming smile on her face as she larked around, proving she can still get her leg up with a high kick of her glitzy medical moon boot.

Despite struggling to walk, AJ is still bringing the fashion, as she donned an epic pair of red tartan trousers, teamed with a white tee and hoop earrings.

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She seemed well and truly in the festive spirit as she headed to BBC studios to co-host Morning Live alongside Rav Wilding.

Joking on Instagram earlier, she said: ‘I’ve whacked on my big girl pants to guest present Morning Live.’

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No one is dimming this girl’s sparkle! (Picture: Backgrid)

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She can still get it up! (Picture: Backgrid)

And while series 19 may be over, the Strictly star’s professional partner, Kai Widdrington, is still proving himself to be the ultimate cheerleader as he commented: ‘Go on girl’

AJ also reunited with It Takes Two host Janette Manrara, who shared a video on her Instagram story to say: ‘Look who I’m with this morning at work,’ before zooming in on AJ waving her glittering crutches about.’

‘You can’t even pull a sickie on crutches! No rest for the wicked, get back to work, AJ!’ she laughed.

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This is AJ’s first work commitment following the Strictly final, which saw Rose Ayling-Ellis take home the glitter ball with professional Giovanni Pernice.

They danced alongside John Whaite and Johannes Radebe in a groundbreaking final.

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AJ looked all set for Christmas in her tartan trousers (Picture: Backgrid)

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She’s still got a smile on her face! (Picture: Backgrid)

AJ announced on Friday that she would not be able to compete due to her ruptured ligament, leaving fans and fellow contestants heartbroken.

Taking to Instagram to share the devastating news, AJ wrote: ‘I want to say a huge thank you to the Strictly family for the experience, the medical team for trying to get me back on my feet and mostly, to everyone at home watching and supporting.

‘You’ve made this experience one to remember and I couldn’t be more grateful for your well wishes. Strictly Come Dancing has been a lifelong dream of mine and I’m glad it came true.’

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AJ and Kai delighted fans with 13 weeks worth of dazzling performances (Picture: PA)

Of course, she had a front row seat on the night of the final, and was seen cheering on her fellow celebs.

In an interview with Claudia Winkleman, a tearful AJ admitted her ‘heart is broken’ after having to pull out, or risk a year of rehab if she put weight on her foot.

Describing the emotional end to her magical experience, AJ sobbed: ‘I don’t know how to describe what it feels like to have a broken heart, and that’s what it feels like.’

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She added: ‘But we have had the best time on this show and I’ve been putting on a brave face, Kai’s been putting on a brave face, we’ve loved the show tonight.’

The Strictly final was watched by 11 million people as history was made with John and Johannes as the first same-sex finalists, and Rose becoming the first deaf person to bag the trophy.

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