television presenter AJ Odudu wowed the judges of Strictly Come Dancing.
Her first performance – a jive at DJ Fresh’s Gold Dust – earned her a score of 34, the highest one-week score in 16 years, and she played just as hard in the weeks that followed.
Currently, they are tied with Johannes and John in the overall standings, with the two pairs gaining 100 points out of the 120 possible since the start of the competition.
Fans will no doubt expect the star to sail over the next few weeks of the competition alongside her professional dance partner Kai Widdrington – and she could even be a final contender.
If you’re not a huge fan of reality TV (beyond Strictly), this might be the first one you’ve seen from AJ. But she’s been on TV screens for a while now.
So who is she, what shows has she presented and is she dating anyone?
Here’s what you need to know.
Who is AJ Odudu?
AJ Odudu, 33, – born Onatejiro Odudu – is a TV presenter from Blackburn, Lancashire.
2013 was the year she rose to fame, appearing as a host on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, alongside Rylan Clark and Emma Willis.
She then hosted Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Psych, as well as presented behind the scenes of The Voice UK and The Voice Kids.
From Extra Slice to Richard Osman’s House of Games and the celebrity version of The Chase, AJ has made countless TV appearances.
One notable appearance was a two-hour special comeback from The Big Breakfast, alongside comedian Mo Gilligan.
And she also made it to the finale of Channel 4’s toughest reality show, Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.
In 2021, fans will recognize her as the host Married At First Sight UK: Afters, which will air after the main show.
In addition to her television work, AJ is editor-in-chief of women’s magazine Grazia.
Does AJ Odudu have a partner?
The TV host is currently not believed to be dating.
Indeed, the last time Odudu officially spoke about her love life, she told the Daily Mail in November 2020 that she was single, revealing that 2020 was “not the year” for her love life.
However, she opened up about what she is looking for in a partner.
Odudu explained that she really is a “girl personality” telling the post: “I like charismatic guys who can make fun of themselves, but when it comes to work they are focused and knowledgeable. what they want in themselves and in a partner. ‘
Some fans wondered if she and her Strictly partner Kai Widdrington took things off the dance floor after the microphones picked up a “I love you” comment last week.
In It Takes Two, the couple laughed at the rumors.
Kai said: “I think it was all down to the tough and tough week we had and the fact that we got to the end of the performance and it was flawless and you broke it, and you did all the elevators brilliantly, did it all the technique is perfect.
AJ intervened, “We were both just relieved, you were just grabbing my neck!” as she momentarily held his hand.
What is AJ Odudu’s Instagram?
AJ’s Instagram ID is @ajodudu, where she shares snippets of her life and behind the scenes with over 134,000 followers.
We don’t know much about AJ’s life away from the cameras, but we do know that she is renovating an apartment.
She also has a special Instagram dedicated to her passion project – renovating a house, @homewithaj.
On this separate Instagram account, more than 12,000 followers watch AJ prepare his three-bed Victorian apartment.
What did AJ say about Strictly?
In a big reveal with BBC One’s The One Show, AJ confessed that she didn’t tell her mother – a huge Strictly fan – that she would be selected for the series.
She joked: ‘She’s going to watch [this] right now, she’s going to be beside herself.
“I can’t even tell you how much we love the show. It’s a dream come true.
“I have seven siblings, you know how parents say they don’t have a favorite child, that’s favorite child status here.”
Strictly Come Dancing 2021 continues tonight on BBC One at 7:10 p.m. ET.
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