STRICTLY favorite AJ Odudu has fallen for her dance partner Kai Widdrington, her friends say.
The bubbly TV presenter, 33, has an “electric chemistry” with the cheeky pro salsa dancer, 25, and they hook up on and off the dance floor, they believe.
The cast and crew are even betting the pair will hook up. This would see them become the first romance in the series.
Yesterday AJ posted a photo of newcomer Kai’s six-pack on social media.
An insider from Strictly said, “Everyone behind the scenes is talking about the sparks flying between AJ and Kai. It’s very passionate and intense when they’re together.
“They’re both single and really hit it off and everyone on the show says it’s only a matter of time.
“They’re always laughing and flirting – romance is 100% on the cards.
“Kai is totally AJ’s type. He has a lot of jokes and he was blown away by her too.
“She’s always been very work-oriented and put her career first and now her two worlds have collided.”
AJ wowed the judges and viewers with his dancing, coming in at the top of the standings.
The couple have been training together for up to ten hours a day for the past month.
On last night’s film-themed show, the pair scored 35 points with their American sweetness inspired by The Bodyguard.
AJ has admitted to having had no luck in love after dabbling in television works, such as Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, ITV2’s Celebrity Karaoke Club, The Voice UK and Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.
She recently said that she had tried dating apps without success, adding, “I don’t meet anyone except the TV shows that I did.
“I still hope to meet my man through a friend. I am a personality girl.
“I like charismatic guys who can make fun of themselves but, when it comes to work, they’re focused and they know what they want in themselves and in a partner.”
Kai, who qualified for the final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, joined Strictly last year to dance in a group.
He lives in London with his fellow professional dancer Giovanni Pernice, 31, and is single after separating from Italian professional dancer Giulia Dotta, 29.
Kai said he was part of the BBC1 series cast: “This is my childhood dream come true.
Watching Strictly since the very first series as a young boy and now, 18 years later, being a professional dancer on the series is the most amazing feeling and the greatest accomplishment of my career.
Katie: It’s strange to approach
SOAP star Katie McGlynn has revealed that she finds it strange dancing so close physically to her professional partner Gorka Marquez after spending so long socially estranging from her colleagues during Covid.
Corrie’s single 28-year-old actress starred as Disney’s Cruella De Vil last night.
She said: “It’s just weird to be so close to someone like when we were doing tango.
“I’m not a sexy person, so I wouldn’t say being an actress gives me an advantage. Either way, we didn’t have any sexy dances.
Also during film week, Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse opted for a Moana-themed dance, while McFly’s Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden returned to the future.