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Strictly’s AJ Odudu to wear £2,000 dress with 15,000 Swarovski crystals, says Erin Boag | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV


Lucky her – and me too because I get to wear the same dress for my 2022 Showtime tour with Anton Du Beke. Why? Well, the dress was created by DanceSport International, which assists the BBC with making outfits. I was there for my tour fittings on Monday when I bumped into Strictly head costume designer Vicky Gill. She told me about AJ’s dress and I knew instantly I had to have it! Her team works assiduously to ensure every costume fits like a glove. There are at least 10 people cutting, sewing, glueing and running around like crazy six days a week – including 17-hour days on Fridays and Saturdays. With approximately 500 costumes per series, there’s a lot to do.

Each celebrity is usually allowed one special costume per season and no one receives preferential treatment. AJ’s took 60 hours to make.

Still, last week’s shimmering gold dress didn’t save her from the danceoff. Fortunately for her, Dan Walker’s Strictly time came to an end instead.

The remaining celebrities have two dances tonight. AJ will need beautiful hip and leg action for her rumba and fast feet for her quickstep.

John Whaite had a lift blunder after dropping Johannes Radebe in last week’s samba.

He showed huge improvement in his posture and hip action, but what a shame about that ending. At least Johannes styled it out on the floor!

Fingers crossed for a cleaner performance from his jive. I predict a contemporary number for his Couple’s Choice to Adele’s Hometown Glory, with bare feet – which is my pet hate.

Rhys Stephenson continues to out-dance his competitors in the dance-offs.

He nailed his Argentine tango, and I felt like a proud mother watching. His lift of Nancy Xu was executed with precision and he deserved his three tens from the judges.

Rhys is an incredible freestyler, which is a godsend for the samba. He has rhythm and soul but he needs to put the groundwork into the technical side and not get ahead of the music.

His tango needs to be sharp and precise, with moments of calm.

Rose Ayling-Ellis’s American Smooth was lively but almost predictable.

It was still highly skilled and Rose created gorgeous lines as usual but I disliked the leap of faith lift and the judges over-scored her.

She should excel in the waltz but will find the Argentine tango’s tricky footwork and speedy delivery a greater challenge.

Who will go? John and Rhys will be in the bottom two, with John to leave.

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