Strictly's AJ Odudu hobbles out of hotel on crutches as she puts on a brave face on way to the finale

DEVASTATED AJ Odudu hobbled out of her hotel on crutches after quitting Strictly Come Dancing.

The 33-year-old put on a brave face as she was hugged by her mum on the way to the finale.

AJ held up a peace sign as she emiled for the cameras – despite breaking down in tears last night with her dance partner Kai Widdington.

The TV presenter announced her shock withdrawal before revealing she's wearing a medical moonboot.

Showing raw emotion on the live spin-off show, Strictly's It Takes Two, Kai held his head in his hands as he wiped away his streaming tears.

AJ patted her face with a tissue as she admitted they were "gutted" to have left the competition because of injury.

Revealing more details of the training accident that forced their exit, AJ told host Rylan: 'Do you know what, we had the best time and on Monday we rehearsed and we were just excited like: 'Right, we're going to do the jive, we're going to do the Charleston, what a way to end our experience'.

"My ankle's given way and my ligament has ruptured and it's just not gonna happen. We're gutted because we were ready to smash it.

"This isn't the way that we wanted to go out, obviously, but even just looking back at all of those moments, it's just been an absolute pleasure dancing with Kai every single week, so thank you."

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The Married At First Sight spin-off host paid tribute to her dance partner Ka reached the last three after impressing the judges week after week with pro partner Kai.

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In the semi-final they danced a very sultry rumba to Show Me Heaven by Maria McKee, and fans noted their chemistry was "off the charts".

The pair have refused to confirm or deny if their connection is romantic, but it paid off as they sizzled on the Strictly ballroom floor and made it through to the final.

Two couples now face a head-to-head battle to scoop the Glitterball Trophy.

EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis is the frontrunner tipped to take home the Strictly prize on Saturday night.

Chef John Whaite will be dancing alongside pro partner Johannes Radebe in the final.

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