Strictly’s AJ Odudu is reportedly falling for her dance partner Kai Widdrington.
The Sun claims that the presenter, 33, and her professional partner Kai, 26, have grown close during their gruelling hours of training together and have ‘really hit it off’.
A source told the publication that ‘sparks are flying between the pair’ and that ‘romance is 100 per cent on the cards’.
Close: Strictly’s AJ Odudu is reportedly falling for her dance partner Kai Widdrington (pictured performing on Saturday)
Kai is single after splitting form his dancer girlfriend of five years Giulia Dotta, 29, earlier this summer.
Meanwhile AJ recently said she has unsuccessfully tried dating apps after struggling to find a partner, adding: ‘I just don’t meet anyone, aside from TV programmes I’ve done’.
A source told The Sun about their ‘romance’: ‘Everyone backstage is talking about the sparks flying between AJ and Kai. It’s very passionate and intense whenever they’re together.
‘They’re both single and have really hit it off and everyone on the show is saying it’s only a matter of time.
Romance? The Sun claims that the presenter, 33, and her professional partner Kai, 26, have grown close during their gruelling hours of training together and have ‘really hit it off’
‘They’re always laughing and flirting — romance is 100 per cent on the cards.Kai is totally AJ’s type. He’s got loads of banter and he’s been blown away by her, too.
Representatives for AJ and Kai have been contacted by MailOnline for a comment.
It comes after on Friday AJ posted a picture of Kai’s six pack on social media as they squeezed in some last minute rehearsals.
The pair pulled off another incredible performance on Saturday night’s Movie Week show.
Hunk: It comes after on Friday AJ posted a picture of Kai’s six pack on social media as they squeezed in some last minute rehearsals
They danced a passionate American Smooth to the soundtrack from the film The Bodyguard.
AJ dazzled in a blue and silver gown as she took to the floor for the incredible dance and impressed the judges, with Motsi and Shirley giving her a standing ovation.
Motsi said after the dance: ‘I was really moved, there was so much pure quality, what a beautiful dance, congratulations.’
Shirley added: ‘I really felt the love story. You are definitely one to watch’, while Craig said: ‘That was spectacular, I can’t believe you’ve never danced before!’
Intimate: A source told the publication that ‘sparks are flying between the pair’ and that ‘romance is 100 per cent on the cards’ (pictured on It Takes Two)
An emotional AJ broke down in tears after the dance and told how she had felt a lot of ‘self doubt this week’ and that she didn’t want to let Kai down.
She said: ‘I do feel emotional because, yeah… it’s been… I have had a bit of self doubt this week and I just really wanted to execute it well.
‘I didn’t want to let anyone down, especially Kai because it is such a beautiful dance, so I just wanted to do it justice.’
Host Claudia Winkleman told her: ‘You did it so beautifully, you really did.’
Love life: AJ recently said she has unsuccessfully tried dating apps after struggling to find a partner, adding: ‘I just don’t meet anyone, aside from TV programmes I’ve done’
Kai kept his arm around her to comfort her as the crowd applauded.
The couple scored a high 35 for the dance, with nines from every judge apart from Craig.
Kai split from his long-term girlfriend Giulia – who is Italian – earlier this year.
The pair worked on Ireland’s Dancing With The Stars together which has run for four series.
Sad: Kai is single after splitting form his dancer girlfriend of five years Giulia Dotta, 29, earlier this summer (pictured in 2019)
A source told The Mirror at the time: ‘Signing up to Strictly is like a death sentence for almost any relationship.’
Friends added that they thought Kai and Giulia would eventually get married and have children.
Last year Kai joked about proposing on live TV, saying: ‘If I proposed in this setting she would absolutely kill me.’
Kai is now living with fellow Strictly dancing hunk Giovanni Pernice, 30, who recently started dating Love Island ‘s Maura Higgins.
Kai appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 aged 16 and made it to the final.
He has previously worked as a professional dancer on Dancing With The Stars Ireland, since its first series in 2017. He finished twice as Runner-up on the show in 2018 and 2020.
Pressure: It comes after an emotional AJ broke down in tears after her dance on Saturday night and told how she had felt a lot of ‘self doubt this week’ and that she didn’t want to let Kai down
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TOM FLETCHER & AMY DOWDEN
Celebrity’s Age: 36
Profession: McFly musician
Tom says: ‘I’m so pleased the news is out it’s been so hard keeping it secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.’
Fun fact: Tom’s McFly bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Celebrity’s Age: 48
Profession: Actor and comedian
Robert says: ‘It’s very exciting but with a slight undertone of quivering terror.’
Fun Fact: Robert squeezed into a shiny leotard to take the title of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, performing What A Feeling from ’80s film Flashdance, beating the likes of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness to the title.
RHYS STEPHENSON & NANCY XU
Celebrity’s Age: 27
Profession: CBBC presenter
Rhys says: ‘I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation’
Fun fact: Rhys has been an actor since the age of ten, performing alongside Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville.
KATIE MCGLYNN & GORKA MARQUEZ
Celebrity’s Age: 28
Katie says: ‘I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.’
Fun fact: Katie, who played Sinead Tinker in Corrie, won a NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020.
TILLY RAMSAY & NIKITA KUZMIN
Celebrity’s Age: 19
Profession: CBBC presenter
Tilly says: ’I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!’
Fun fact: Tilly’s father is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the pair often star in dancing TikTok videos.
NINA WADIA & NEIL JONES
Celebrity’s Age: 52
Nina says: ‘I think I should do this before I’m too old and can’t walk anymore. I just want to grab life by the horns and just enjoy it.’
Fun fact: Nina is a JDRF Ambassador and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.
ADAM PEATY & KATYA JONES
Celebrity’s Age: 26
Adam says: ‘I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool.’
Fun fact: Adam becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
UGO MONYE & OTI MABUSE
Celebrity’s Age: 38
Profession: Rugby player and sports pundit
Ugo says: ‘What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves.
Fun fact: Beginning his rugby career at Harlequins in 2002, Ugo went on to make 241 appearances for the club where he scored 89 tries, won a Premiership and made his England debut in 2008.
AJ ODUDU & KAI WIDDRINGTON
Celebrity’s Age: 33
Profession: TV presenter
AJ says: ‘I think it’s going to be really challenging. I can’t wait for the sequins, the wigs, the glitz and the glamour.’
Fun Fact: Apocalypse Wow hosts AJ has featured on a whopping 14 TV shows this year, competing in the likes oF Cooking With The Stars and Celebrity Karaoke Club. She has appeared as a panelist on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in the past, too.
JOHN WHAITE & JOHANNES RADEBE
Celebrity’s Age: 33
Profession: Great British Bake Off Winner and TV chef
John says: ‘I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family… I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth’
Fun Fact: The duo are the first ever all-male partnering – the first in 17 years of the show.
SARA DAVIES & ALJAZ SKORJANEC
Celebrity’s Age: 37
Sara says: ‘I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance… Truth be told – I haven’t got a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.’
Fun fact: Sara was the youngest ever dragon on BBC show Dragons’ Den.
DAN WALKER & NADIYA BYCHKOVA
Celebrity’s Age: 44
Dan says: ‘I’m enjoying the experience when it starts of learning to dance. I’ll be honest I’m not making room on any shelves in my house for the glitterball.’
Fun fact: Dan recently quit Football Focus after 12 years at the helm and has been covering Tokyo Olympics.
GREG WISE & KAREN HAUER
Celebrity’s Age: 55
Greg says: ‘It’s about being out there and exposing yourself as someone who can’t dance, and learning.’
Fun fact: Greg is married to the actress Emma Thompson who he met while filming Sense and Sensibility.
ROSE AYLING-ELLIS & GIOVANNI PERNICE
Celebrity’s Age: 30
Rose says: ‘I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers. I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill.’
Fun fact: Rose will make history as Strictly’s first deaf contestant.
JUDI LOVE & GRAZIANO DI PRIMA
Celebrity’s Age: 41
Judi says: ‘I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing and now it’s actually coming true!’
Fun fact: Judi began comedy when she performed a set in front of her class for a degree module.
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