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Strictly: AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington get a PERFECT score of 40 points after their Quickstep

Strictly Come Dancing‘s semi-final on Saturday got off to an impeccable start for AJ Odudu and Kai Widdringtonas they bagged a perfect score of 40 points following their incredible Quickstep. 

Their performance to Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman left the whole ballroom on their feet as they applauded the routine, with AJ breaking down in tears after receiving their amazing score.

The success comes after their dance disaster last week in which they fumbled their lift in their salsa, resulting in them landing in the dance-off against Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova. 

Good job: Aj and Kai lit up the dancefloor with their dazzling Quickstep which earned them top marks

Well done: Strictly Come Dancing’s semi-final on Saturday got off to an impeccable start for AJ Odudu and Kai Widdringtonas they bagged a perfect score of 40 points following their incredible Quickstep

The presenter, 33, looked stunning in a sparkly white ballgown with featured embellishments as she glided across the floor with her professional dancer partner Kai, 26.

And after giving it their all on the floor, the judges were full of praise for the dance, with Craig Revel Horwood gushing: ‘OMG darling, that was incredible! loved it. You ripped that floor up – incredible.’

While Anton Du Beck remarked that it was ‘worthy of of Blackpool ballroom’, adding it was ‘absolutely spectacular’.

Rhys Stevenson and Nancy Xu were first up on the night, performing the Tango to One Vision by Queen, which earned them a standing ovation from the audience.

Wow: Their performance to Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman left the whole ballroom on their feet as they applauded the routine, with AJ breaking down in tears after receiving their amazing score

Wow: Their performance to Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman left the whole ballroom on their feet as they applauded the routine, with AJ breaking down in tears after receiving their amazing score

Shirley Ballas gushed: ‘What a way to open the show, thank you so much’, adding that he was generally ‘mastering your craft’.

While Anton Du Beke told him that he ‘loved him in hold’, with Craig Revel Horwood agreeing that it was ‘strong and full of drama’.  

And the judges positive comments were reflected in the score as Rhys and  Nancy received an impressive 36 points – their highlight ballroom score so far. 

The latest show comes after Strictly Come Dancing staff are reportedly dreading the return of Nina Wadia for the show final after she slammed the series.

The former EastEnders actress, 52, was the first star to be voted off the show in week two – later claiming the judges had been too harsh towards her with their scores.

Nadia claimed their marking was ‘shocking’ and described her time on the BBC ballroom dance contest with partner Neil Jones as ‘odd’.

Comeback: Strictly Come Dancing staff are reportedly dreading the return of Nina Wadia, 52, for the show final after she slammed the series (pictured her on the show with Neil Jones)

Comeback: Strictly Come Dancing staff are reportedly dreading the return of Nina Wadia, 52, for the show final after she slammed the series (pictured her on the show with Neil Jones) 

Nina is set to return for the final next Saturday but insiders claim show staff are unimpressed, with one telling the Mirror: ‘It’s left a very sour taste in the mouth’.

Another said Nina ‘moaned all the time’, adding: ‘She is coming back for the final, which we are slightly dreading.’

MailOnline has contacted the BBC and Nina’s representatives for comment. 

Unimpressed: Nina, who danced with Neil, 39, on the show, claimed the judges' marking was 'shocking' and described her time on the BBC ballroom dance contest as 'odd'

Unimpressed: Nina, who danced with Neil, 39, on the show, claimed the judges’ marking was ‘shocking’ and described her time on the BBC ballroom dance contest as ‘odd’

The one-time soap star, who danced with professional Neil, 39, on the show, lost out in the dance off to former Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn, 28. 

After her elimination, she told The Lads Dads And Couple Beers Podcast: ‘Coming out of Strictly was a big shock because: A, I wasn’t expecting it to happen the way it happened, and it happened very quickly and it was all very surreal for me and when I came out I was very down.

‘My mental health, I’ve got to tell, I was down. That was from a lot of different feelings.

‘There was a feeling of embarrassment coming out as early as I did, there was a feeling of did I let people down, did I let myself down.’

She continued: ‘All these questions going on in my head and then the people reaction at the back of it, to say well no.. you shouldn’t have come out you were robbed, and I’m like I needed that!

‘I needed that kind of almost validation to think I wasn’t going crazy, I didn’t think I was that bad. Then you realise “OK hang on, I need to separate a reality show from what is actually real life”. Reality shows are so the opposite of reality.’ 

End of the road: The former EastEnders actress was the first star to be voted off the show in week two, later claiming the judges had been too harsh towards her with their scores

End of the road: The former EastEnders actress was the first star to be voted off the show in week two, later claiming the judges had been too harsh towards her with their scores

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