Strictlys AJ and Kai ‘to return for 2022 series’ after being forced to quit show

AJ Odudu has reportedly been invited to return to Strictly Come Dancing next year alongside her professional dancer partner, Kai Widdrington.

The pair were devastatingly forced to exit the show ahead of the finale after AJ could not stand without crutches after injuring her right ankle.

After consulting with medical professionals, AJ was left "deeply upset" after withdrawing from the final, which saw Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice take home the glitterball trophy.

And it has now been claimed that BBC bosses are keen for AJ and Kai to return to the show next year for a one-off performance on the dancefloor.

"The winner of the show returns to perform again for one dance when the series starts up again, and it's been suggested AJ could be allowed to come back for one last turn on the dance floor," a source told The Sun.

The publication added: "Nothing has been decided yet but, if they can make schedules line up, AJ could be back for a final spin."

OK! has contacted a Strictly representative for further comment.

AJ made the devastating announcement on Friday 17 December that she would no longer be taking part in the final due to her painful ankle injury.

The pain was so bad that the television presenter "projectile vomited" and could not stand or put weight on her foot without crutches.

In a statement released on the Strictly Instagram account announcing her departure from the competition, they wrote: "Sadly due to injury AJ and Kai have had to withdraw from #Strictly and won't compete in tomorrow's final."

They added: "We want to thank them for 13 incredible weeks on the show and the pure joy they brought to the dance floor every week," followed by a red heart emoji.

AJ wrote: "I'm deeply upset that I am unable to perform in the final due to a torn ligament in my right ankle. 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.

"Thank you to the Strictly family for the experience, the medical team for trying to get me back on my feet and mostly, to everyone at home for watching and supporting.

"You've made this experience one to remember. Strictly Come Dancing has been a lifelong dream, and I'm glad it came true. Good luck to my partners in dance, John & Johannes and Rose and Giovanni. I will be cheering you on (on one leg!)".

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