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Strictlys AJ tearfully thanks Kai for giving her confidence after really hard week as they top leaderboard

Strictly Come Dancing contestant AJ Odudu was left in tears on Saturday as she and pro partner Kai Widdrington topped the leaderboard with 39 points.

Speaking to presenter Claudia Winkleman after receiving incredible praise from the four judges for their Charleston to Don’t Bring Lulu by Dorothy Provine, Pinky, The Girls – AJ, 33, got emotional as she thanked Kai, 26, for giving her confidence after a "really hard" week.

It comes after the duo have sparked romance rumours over the past few weeks due to their sizzling chemistry on the show, with even It Takes Two host Rylan Clark grilling the duo last week after their Argentine Tango.

After Claudia, 49, commented on how emotional AJ looked, the star broke down in "happy tears" as she admitted: "I just… this week has been really hard.

"When you take a lot of tumbles on those lifts, I kept landing flat on my face, when you take a load of tumbles… you end up losing confidence in yourself a little bit.

"And honestly, Kai, I don't know how he does it… but he manages to pull out some confidence in me right before the dance… even when I'm feeling like I'm not able to do something."

After their scores were revealed, putting them at the top of the leaderboard, AJ exclaimed: "Thank you!" as she sweetly hugged Kai in celebration.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday with the results show airing on Sunday on BBC One.

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