Strictly’s Kai Widdrington is overheard telling AJ Odudu ‘I love you’ after sizzling performance

Strictly’s Kai Widdrington was overhead telling AJ Odudu he ‘loves her so much’ amid romance rumours. 

The professional dancer, 26, and the TV presenter, 33, are partners on this year’s series and it was claimed they have grown close during their gruelling hours of training together and have ‘really hit it off’.

Each week, the show releases the ‘secret mic’ audio which reveals what the contestants say to each other on the dancefloor. 

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Affectionate: Strictly’s Kai Widdrington was overhead telling AJ Odudu he ‘loves’ her amid romance rumours

Viewers are unable to hear it in real time due to Dave Arch and his orchestra. 

In a clip shared on BBC’s Strictly Instagram, Kai could be heard praising AJ for her efforts after their The Bodyguard-inspired American Smooth on Saturday.

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He could be heard saying: ‘Aww, I love you! I love you so much!’

It comes after a source told The Sun that ‘sparks are flying between the pair’ and that ‘romance is 100 per cent on the cards’. 

Close: The professional dancer, 26, and the TV presenter, 33, are partners on this year’s series and it was claimed they have grown close during their gruelling hours of training together and have ‘really hit it off’

Kai is single after splitting form his dancer girlfriend of five years Giulia Dotta, 29, earlier this summer. 

Meanwhile AJ recently said she has unsuccessfully tried dating apps after struggling to find a partner, adding: ‘I just don’t meet anyone, aside from TV programmes I’ve done’.

A source said: ‘Everyone backstage is talking about the sparks flying between AJ and Kai. It’s very passionate and intense whenever they’re together.

‘They’re both single and have really hit it off and everyone on the show is saying it’s only a matter of time.

Performance: Each week, the show releases the ‘secret mic’ audio which reveals what the contestants say to each other on the dancefloor. 

‘They’re always laughing and flirting — romance is 100 per cent on the cards.Kai is totally AJ’s type. He’s got loads of banter and he’s been blown away by her, too.’

Representatives for AJ and Kai have been contacted by MailOnline for a comment.

It comes after AJ posted a picture of Kai’s six pack to social media on Friday as they squeezed in some last minute rehearsals.

The pair pulled off another incredible performance on Saturday night’s Movie Week show.

Rumours: In a clip, Kai could be heard saying: ‘Aww, I love you! I love you so much!’

AJ dazzled in a blue and silver gown as she took to the floor for the incredible dance and impressed the judges, with Motsi and Shirley giving her a standing ovation.

Motsi said after the dance: ‘I was really moved, there was so much pure quality, what a beautiful dance, congratulations.’

Shirley added: ‘I really felt the love story. You are definitely one to watch’, while Craig said: ‘That was spectacular, I can’t believe you’ve never danced before!’

An emotional AJ broke down in tears after the dance and told how she had felt a lot of ‘self doubt this week’ and that she didn’t want to let Kai down.

Hunk: It comes after AJ posted a picture of Kai’s six pack on social media as they squeezed in some last minute rehearsals

She said: ‘I do feel emotional because, yeah… it’s been… I have had a bit of self doubt this week and I just really wanted to execute it well.

‘I didn’t want to let anyone down, especially Kai because it is such a beautiful dance, so I just wanted to do it justice.’

Host Claudia Winkleman told her: ‘You did it so beautifully, you really did.’

Kai kept his arm around her to comfort her as the crowd applauded.

The couple scored a high 35 for the dance, with nines from every judge apart from Craig.

Intimate: A source said that ‘sparks are flying between the pair’ and that ‘romance is 100 per cent on the cards’ (pictured on It Takes Two)

Kai split from his long-term girlfriend Giulia – who is Italian – earlier this year.

The pair worked on Ireland’s Dancing With The Stars together which has run for four series.

A source told The Mirror at the time: ‘Signing up to Strictly is like a death sentence for almost any relationship.’

Friends added that they thought Kai and Giulia would eventually get married and have children.

Love life: AJ recently said she has unsuccessfully tried dating apps after struggling to find a partner, adding: ‘I just don’t meet anyone, aside from TV programmes I’ve done’

Last year Kai joked about proposing on live TV, saying: ‘If I proposed in this setting she would absolutely kill me.’

Kai is now living with fellow Strictly dancing hunk Giovanni Pernice, 30, who recently started dating Love Island ‘s Maura Higgins.

Kai appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 aged 16 and made it to the final. 

Sad: Kai is single after splitting form his dancer girlfriend of five years Giulia Dotta, 29, earlier this summer (pictured in 2019) 

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