‘Hard to put into words’ Kai Widdrington bids farewell to ‘perfect’ Strictly partner AJ

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Kai Widdrington has penned a beautiful farewell to his Strictly Come Dancing partner AJ Odudu. The pair have announced they will not be performing in the final after her injury left her on crutches.

The pair announced their exit from the show earlier today, as the BBC confirmed they are unable to dance.

AJ injured her right ankle in training earlier this week and hasn’t been able to practice since.

Now they’ve confirmed they cannot perform in Saturday night’s final.

Kai has admitted it is “hard to put into words” how he feels about his Strictly partner. 

In view of his 164,000 followers, he wrote an emotional farewell to his Strictly partner.

He penned: “This is very hard to put into words but I’m going to try.

“I want to let you know that sadly mine and AJ’s journey on Strictly Come Dancing has come to an end and we wont be competing in the final this Saturday.

“I am absolutely gutted that AJ and I wont get to finish our journey on Strictly the way we would’ve wanted to.”

Kai went on to add: “The last 12 weeks with AJ have been amazing, she has been the perfect student, hardworking, dedicated and talented and I am sending her all my love and best wishes for a quick recovery.

“I truly have made a friend for life in her and can’t wait to take to the dance floor with her again when she is fully recovered.”

The professional dancer also admitted it was a dream to have joined the Strictly cast this year, and he’s devastated it’s come to an end.

He added: “It has always been a dream of mine to join the the amazing cast of Strictly Come Dancing every since I was a kid, but to come in on my first season and be partnered with an amazing person like AJ and have the experience I have had is more than I could have ever imagined.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what we have achieved over the last 13 weeks and at times I really felt like I was dancing with a professional dancer.”

Kai also thanked all those involved in the show in his moving statement.

The dancer continued: “I want to say a big thank you to every one on the show, from my fellow professionals, the celebrities, the judges, production, the costume, lighting and design department, the dance team and all the amazing people that work behind the scenes who help make Strictly the show it is.

“Lastly I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported AJ and myself week in and week out, your support has been amazing and truly unforgettable. You know who you are.

“To Gio & Rose, Johannes & John I’m wishing you the best of luck for the weekend you guys are amazing, go out and smash it!!! Until next time, keep dancing x.”

AJ also took to her own Instagram account to share her farewell to Kai.

Sharing similar images of the pair training, she wrote: “I’ve had ultrasounds, MRI scans and x-rays. I’ve had two incisions to drain the inflammation around my ankle.

“I’ve injected local anaesthetic directly into my foot, I have been strapped up to an ice compression machine for days.

“I’ve done all I can possibly do to get back on my feet for the @bbcstrictly Final, I even asked the docs if I could perform in a medical moonboot!

“But the fact is, I can’t stand on my feet let alone dance because I’ve torn my spring ligament.

“Learning to dance over the last 13 weeks has been an incredible honour and to do it alongside someone as special, patient and devoted as Kai is something I’ll treasure forever.”

The Strictly Come Dancing final airs on Saturday night on BBC One.

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