AJ Odudu to finish third if she cant compete in Strictly final

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 finalist AJ Odudu has sustained an injury right before the grand finale.

Now having to use crutches to get around, doubt has been cast over whether she will be able to take part in the final against John Whaite and Rose Ayling-Ellis this Saturday, December 18.

The TV presenter suffered ligament damage to her foot while rehearsing for the final.

Unfortunately she was unable to train ahead of the final, but she and her partner Kai Widdrington are still hoping to take part in the final, according to the BBC.

AJ is currently second favourite to win the series after receiving her first full marks of 40 for her quickstep in the semi final.

What happens if Aj Odudu can't dance in Strictly final?

If AJ and Kai can't dance, she will have to withdraw from the competition.

This has already happened this season, with Robert Webb having to leave the show on doctor's orders.

Tom Fletcher and Ugo Monye also both missed a week due to Covid and injuries, but were able to return the following week.

If AJ was unable to dance, they will reportedly finish in third place according to Yahoo News, leaving Rose and John to battle it out for the Glitterball Trophy.

The TV presenter took part in the sister show It Takes Two, saying she was at the time "unable to stand: on her right foot.

She said the pain came on so suddenly she "projectile vomited" during rehearsals.

AJ Odudu said: "I was absolutely buzzing to get to the final. We were bottom of the leaderboard, we were in the dance off, and yeah that was a huge knock to my confidence so we planned to just go out there on that dancefloor and just dance as if it was my last.

"Kai shed a tear afterwards."

Kai added: "I was just so proud!

"I'm just the most proud partner in the world. I felt like I was dancing with a professional on that floor and I remember saying, that was so much fun, we were flying round that floor as if we'd been doing quickstep together for weeks and weeks and in fact it was 4 days, so yes it was a very very proud moment."

Speaking ahead of the final, AJ tweeted: "Still can't believe we're Strictly FINALISTS! I'm so happy I could burst. Thank you for all your votes and kind messages and thank you Kai for believing in me."

Rose is currently the favourite to take home the 2022 Glitterball Trophy alongside her partner Giovanni Pernice.

The Strictly Come Dancing final will take place this Saturday, December 18.

It will air on BBC One at 7pm, and runs through to 9.05pm. The winner will be announced live on the night.

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