Kai Widdrington ‘flustered’ as Janette Manrara grills star on ‘deep connection’ with AJ
13th October 2021

Strictly: Janette grills AJ and Kai on their 'deeper connection'

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TV presenter AJ Odudu and her Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Kai Widdrington have been setting the dance floor alight with their performances since joining the BBC dance contest. So much so, the pair only narrowly missed out on topping the Strictly leaderboard this past week, with their American Smooth bringing in a score of 35. However, it’s comments made by Kai at the end of the dance which caught the eye of It Takes Two host Janette Manrara.

After watching the dance back and reading aloud fan reaction, Janette said to the pair on Wednesday’s episode of It Takes Two: “I like this Queen AJ and King Kai situation.”

AJ and Kai shared a laugh before Janette’s line of questioning continued: “Speaking of romance and the characters,

“You were both saying you wanted to bring romance to the floor and I think you really did because Kai, you said this at the end of the performance.”

“Here we go,” Kai commented as a clip played showing the professional dancer tell AJ he “loved” her “so much” during their embrace after their Movie Week performance.

As the cameras returned to the It Takes Two studio, Janette weighed in: “There was happiness and do you find that you’re getting a bit of a deeper connection in the partnership?”

AJ and Kai both chuckled nervously but while the former stayed silent, the pro dancer responded.

“I think – I think that was all down to the, just tough, tough week that we had,” he said as AJ beamed with a smile on her face.

Kai continued: “And the fact that we got to the end of the performance and it was flawless and you smashed it and you did all the lifts brilliantly and all the technique (was) perfect.

“We were both – it was just relief, you were like gripping onto my neck,” Kai joked as he hugged his partner.

“(I was like) don’t let go,” AJ added before Janette waded back in: “And when you work that hard and it means that much,

“Obviously you want to have that kind of feeling at the end, so well done again!” she continued before giving the pair a round of applause.

While AJ and Kai may have failed to give a concrete answer to Janette’s probe, it didn’t take long for It Takes Two viewers to weigh in on how “flustered” Kai seemed.

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Twitter user Charlotte said: “AJ and Kai didn’t deny those rumours did they! [Laughing emoji] and Kai got all flustered bless him! I am here for it! Love AJ #SCD #ItTakesTwo #ITT.”

“Janette just going straight to the point on the romance rumours <3 #ittakestwo #itt,” @uisgebeatha added.”

While Siobhan saw the humorous side: “Not Janette questioning AJ and Kai’s relationship. [laughing emojis] #ItTakesTwo #Strictly.”

And Dee commented on the duo: “Okay, so I put Casualty on hold because I spotted AJ and Kai on Strictly It Takes Two. The chemistry between these two [fire emoji] please is it Saturday yet!” (sic)

Elsewhere, the Strictly universe has been rocked by the news Robert Webb has had to quit the show.

Citing health reasons, Robert admitted he’d “bitten off more than he could chew” by taking part in the series having undergone open-heart surgery prior to competing.

The Peep Show star insisted he would continue supporting his “brothers and sisters” on the show in a lengthy statement confirming his exit.

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

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