Kai Widdrington issues warning to Strictly choreographers over AJ routine: An injustice!

Strictly: AJ and Kai on not 'playing it safe' with choreography

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AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington found themselves in every Strictly competitors’ worst nightmare on Sunday evening as the two had to battle it out in the dreaded dance-off against Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova. The pair suffered somewhat of a setback on Saturday evening after an awkward lift was picked up by the BBC show’s judges and resulted in some deductions to their scores. However, joining Rylan Clark on Tuesday’s It Takes Two, the pair admitted the slip-up won’t put them off tackling even trickier routines.

Discussing the lift and dance in question, AJ admitted: “It slowly went downhill a little bit… I got tangled up, just a cheeky little tangle.”

Rylan then touched on the complex choreography of the routine, devised with the Strictly crew behind the scenes.

“I wanna talk about the choreography because Kai, so much choreography was thrown at AJ this last week” he began.

“Do you think that is the sort of thing that makes her go, ‘Yes! This is what’s gonna make this work?”

Kai candidly opened up, confessing to warning choreographers not to go easy on the two with their complex dance performances.

“Do you know what it is, I mean we have incredible choreographers Jenny and Sean last week,” he responded. “But I said to them again – they did our Charleston – we don’t wanna leave it to chance. 

“And we would be doing an injustice to AJ if we didn’t push the boundaries because she would feel the same way. You know, you want to push the boundaries, 

“You want to hard lifts, you don’t just want to be ‘okay’. You wanna be memorable and you wanna remember this and go, ‘Yeah, I did do my best’.”

And it’s a risk well worth taking according to Kai as he went on: “And you’d rather go wrong and do that than play it safe. 

“So I think that it’s good that we push the boundaries with each other.”

AJ echoed Kai’s stance and words of warning: “Yeah, we’ve never once played it safe. 

“Every single week we have absolutely danced outside of my comfort zones for sure. 

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“And I know that was a tough routine because it was challenging for Kai as well, that’s when you know! 

“When the pro goes, ‘This is really hard!’ But genuinely, I would much rather stumble going for it than just have an easy ride.”

With the pair now in the semi-finals, the pressure and difficulty show no signs of letting up.

In fact, AJ and her fellow semi-finalists John Whaite, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Rhys Stephenson will all be performing two dances.

AJ and Kai will be tackling the Rumba to Maria McKee’s Show Me Heaven as one of their routines.

And hoping to avoid the dance-off again, they’ll follow this up with a Quicksteps to Sing, Sing, Sing by Benn Goodman.

But will the pair have enough to see them through to the final? 

Or will another mistake cost the pair at the final hurdle?

It Takes Two airs weekdays at 6:30pm on BBC Two.

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