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Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Odudu has revealed she was beforehand turned down by the...

Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Odudu has revealed she was beforehand turned down by the present a yr earlier than signing up for her collection.

AJ was one of many first celebs to be introduced for Strictly in 2021, and was a frontrunner throughout the show because of her spectacular strikes.

Nonetheless, the Huge Breakfast host has admitted that her journey to the Strictly dance flooring wasn’t precisely a easy one.

“I requested them in 2020 if I may do it and so they stated no,” she instructed The Sun.

“There are all the time these those that get requested yearly and say: ‘I simply haven’t discovered the time.’ That was not me – I had not been requested yearly!”

AJ went on to say that she believes she manifested her involvement in final yr’s run.

AJ posing with her Strictly partner Kai Widdrington
AJ posing with her Strictly associate Kai Widdrington

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“I actually do manifest onerous,” she defined. “I spoke it into existence to the purpose that it truly occurred.

“Initially of 2021, I sat down with my agent and stated: ‘I need to do Strictly Come Dancing. I’ve to do it.’ And I may see myself doing it.”

All through the collection, AJ obtained excessive scores from the judges and reward from viewers, making all of it the way in which to the ultimate alongside Rose Ayling-Ellis and John Whaite.

Sadly, she was pressured to pull out at the eleventh hour on account of an harm.

“I used to be disenchanted. After which I did a U-turn and thought: ‘You probably did what you wanted to do. You bought me so far as I wanted to get’,” she stated.

“I used to be actually residing the dream. Strictly was an overwhelmingly optimistic expertise. It was the primary time that I used to be launched to an entire new viewers of people that had been accepting me for me — flaws and all. That felt actually particular.

“In the end, I used to be a part of Strictly in probably the most inclusive yr that has ever been. I really feel actually honoured to get to know Rose and John and the entire forged. I really feel like I’ve acquired a wider household now. And I really feel actually fortunate, though it didn’t finish the way in which that I wished it to, that I used to be in a position to study to bop and be myself.”

Kai and AJ performing one of their show-stopping routines
Kai and AJ performing one in all their show-stopping routines

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After serving as the UK’s points announcer during the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this month, AJ will now be seen in motion as the brand new host of Channel 4’s The Bridge.

It was additionally confirmed this week that she and comic Mo Gilligan will entrance a brand new incarnation of The Huge Breakfast, having beforehand received reward after they presented a one-off reboot as part of Channel 4’s Black To Front initiaitve final yr.