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Dan Walker reacts to Strictly Come Dancing live tour ‘snub’ after AJ Odudu’s exit

'Where was the call?!'

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BBC Breakfast star Dan Walker has reacted to news that AJ Odudu has pulled out of the Strictly Come Dancing live tour.

And, far from sending his love to the stricken star, he’s asked her professional partner Kai Widdrington why he wasn’t invited to take her place.

With his tongue firmly in cheek, Dan commented on Kai’s Instagram post, in which he confirmed that he would be dancing with 2020 Strictly star Maisie Smith.

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Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova aren’t taking part in the Strictly tour (Credit: BBC)

What did Dan Walker say about the Strictly tour?

Dan commented on Kai’s picture of himself and Maisie. And suggested that he should’ve been picked to fill AJ’s place instead.

Kai said: “I’m really gutted to hear that @ajodudu won’t be able to join me on the BBC Strictly Tour around the UK.

Read more: AJ Odudu supported by Strictly pals as she’s forced to pull out of live tour

“I know we were both really focused and willing to get back on the floor in the arenas and finish what we started.

“I know we will get to dance again very soon and I am sending all my love and well wishes to AJ for a quick recovery.

“With that, I am also very lucky to say that I get to continue on the tour with my amazing new tour partner @maisiesmithofficial who as you all now SMASHED last year’s Strictly.

“I cannot wait to see you all on the road and get to dance in front of a live audience once again.”

While other Strictly stars were quick to welcome Maisie to the gang, Dan asked: “Errr… where was the call?”

He then revealed exactly what he had in mind for his performance with Kai.

“#KaiAndDansShowdance could have been incredible 😢,” he joked.

How did Strictly fans react?

They were very much up for the partnership.

“People would pay a lot to see that spectacle 😜🤩,” laughed one fan.

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“Ahhh yes this so has to happen,” said another.

“Now that would be funny to see 😂 right height anyway,” said a third.

A fourth begged: “@mrdanwalker omg please please make this happen in February at the O2. It will make my year.”

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AJ Odudu has been forced to pull out of the live tour (Credit: BBC)

Who is on the tour?

Kai is dancing with Maisie Smith. Elsewhere, John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice and Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin will also dance.

Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec and Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu will also appear.

Max George has also joined the line up too – he will dance with Katya Jones.

Neil Jones, Cameron Lombard, Jake Leigh, Jowita Przystal and Luba Mushtuk are in the pro line up.

Janette Manrara hosts the show. Meanwhile, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood will be joined on the judging bench by Bruno Tonioli.

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