Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has revealed he thinks AJ Odudu ‘can still win’ the BBC show, despite her agonising ankle injury that has left her unable to walk.
Speaking during an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain alongside former finalist Debbie McGee, Craig explained anything is possible as the final all comes down to the viewers at home, rather than the judges’ vote.
Craig told hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins: “The point about the judging on the final is we don’t actually have any power at all, it’s up to the audience alone to decide.”
The 56 year old continued to speak about his role alongside Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke, saying: “Yes, our scores are representative but they’re not taken into account.”
He added: “AJ could win the hearts and minds of the nation and sail through to the glitter ball trophy, you just don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Craig also gave an update on how AJ is feeling with just one day to go until she is supposed to perform three dances alongside professional partner Kai Widdrington.
The star revealed: “We’re keeping our fingers crossed. I spoke to the Beeb this morning about it and it’s [her] ligament.”
The former Masked Singer contestant continued: “She had treatment yesterday, thank goodness, and she thinks she’s going to be able to get through it. Like any sports person, you soldier on.”
“She’s worked for months and months and months to get to this point and then suddenly an injury can occur.”
Craig also gave AJ renewed hope, as he revealed he’s experienced something similar but he ensured the show still went on.
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He recalled: “I have been through this myself with my shoulder and I had to do wings and all those sort of crazy things.”
“Then I had an injection to get through the actual performance of it and then it was fine.”
“It is possible, let’s just wait and see. I’m hoping and praying because she is so good and I will really miss her if she’s not there."
Yesterday, AJ confessed she was ‘frustrated’ that this was happening so close to the final.
The 33 year old TV presenter explained: “Long story short, I’ve hurt the ligament in my arch, and I can’t put any weight on my foot at all. So we have missed a lot of training because I can’t stand up.”
“At this moment in time I am very frustrated and upset, but our main focus is my foot at the moment and just making sure we can make it on Saturday.”
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