Who is Kai Widdrington including age and life off screen: Meet new Strictly professional dancer
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After its shorter appearance on our television screens last year, Strictly Come Dancing is back and better than ever.
This year’s series sees fan favourite Anton Du Beke take a seat as one of the judges but also, a crop of new pro dancers coming to tear it up on the dancefloor.
With 4 new dancers joining the line-up, Kai Widdrington has been paired with bubbly presenter AJ Odudu.
No stranger to dancing, it’s time to take a deep dive into the new Strictly star’s life…
How old is Kai
Pro dancer Kai was born on 23 August 1995, making him 26 years old.
Britain’s Got Talent appearance
He may be new to Strictly but Kai is certainly an esteemed dancer and choreographer in his own right and has appeared on our screens multiple times previously.
With a father and brother who are both professional footballers, the pathway to football was a natural one for Kai. So much so that at just 12-years-old, he was offered a Premier League contract.
He turned it down in favour of dancing and just two years later, became Junior World Latin American Champion.
In 2012, at just 16-years-old, he appeared alongside his dance partner Natalia Jeved and made it to the final, only to be beaten by winners Ashleigh and Pudsey.
He appeared on BGT a second time round with Latin dance group Kings And Queens, where they made it to the semi-final. Within the group, he performed alongside Neil and Katya Jones, also of Strictly fame.
Already part of the Strictly universe
While this may be the first time many of us are seeing Kai in Strictly sparkles, this isn’t his first time within the Strictly ‘verse.
In 2017, it was announced that Kai would be joining Dancing With The Stars – the Irish edition of Strictly – as a professional dancer.
He took part in the Irish dance show for four years, coming second in both 2018 and 2020.
Eagle-eyed viewers of Strictly Come Dancing may also recognise him from last year’s Remembrance Day routine, where he danced with series regular Amy Dowden.
As well as being a part of the Strictly family on the screen, Kai is also incredibly close to one dancer in particular – Giovanni Pernice.
The Italian pro and Kai are so close in fact that they’re actually flatmates.
Kai said of joining Strictly this year: “I get to dance alongside my flatmate, what more could you want?”
“He’s delighted, he was wishing me well. He’s known for a little while as well but he’s had to keep it quiet.”
Kai and regular Dancing With The Stars pro Giulia Dotta began dating back in 2016 but kept their blossoming romance largely private.
Eventually making it official on social media, the pair made their relationship work in the midst of regular dance tours and working together on Dancing With The Stars for four series, all while living together in Dublin.
Unfortunately, the pair called it quits earlier this year in July 2021 but stated that they’d actually ended their relationship earlier in lockdown.
Many have cited the ‘Strictly curse’ as being a possible reason for the breakup.
Despite the pair’s family and friends feeling as though they’d be tying the knot soon, they remain on good terms.
Kai is currently thought to be single.
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