Inside AJ Odudu’s presenting career as she reveals she wanted to be a nun as a child

AJ Odudu has wowed on Strictly Come Dancing over recent weeks, becoming a frontrunner in the race for the Glitterball trophy.

The stunning star is competing alongside new professional dancer Kai Widdrington, in what has proven to be a very successful partnership so far.

The pair have gained impressive scores every week, with viewers praising their chemistry on the dance floor and AJ's dancing skills.

While she has quickly became a fan favourite on the show, many have been wondering why the star has such a familiar face.

If you've been trying to work out where you recognise AJ from, look no further as we have all the answers to your questions…

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AJ, 33, made her debut in the media industry back in 2009, as a reporter for BBC Blast at Radio Lancashire. She quickly moved into TV presenting roles, and has now gone on to be the host of some of TV's most popular shows.

AJ's first ever presenting gigs were on the BBC Two series The Almost Perfect Guide to Life, and BBC online show The 5:19 Show. Following this, she starred in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Toys and as herself in Comedy Lab.

These initial roles kickstarted her career in the television industry, and in 2012 she landed a gig co-presenting Sky Arts' coverage of the Isle of Wight Festival.

In 2013, AJ landed another huge gig and began presenting Big Brother's Bit on the Side with Rylan Clark-Neal and Emma Willis.

While her presenting stint at Big Brother was short-lived, it opened new doors for the star and she started presenting the 4Music TV show alongside radio stars Jimmy Hill and Vick Hope.

AJ also starred in her own Channel 4 show in 2018, where she and her mum Florence travelled around Nigeria as the attempted to find AJ a husband. The show, Manhunting With My Mum, was a hit with viewers and saw AJ's career take off even further.

She went on to become the backstage host of The Voice UK, and The Voice Kids UK later that year.

In more recent years, AJ has became a regular face on a variety of TV shows. Many will recognise her as the co-host of ITV show Don't Rock The Boat, or from new show Apocalypse Wow.

Being the face of Married at First Sight spin-off show Afters has also made her a familiar face with fans, as the reality TV series has became wildly popular over recent years.

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Earlier this year, AJ also presented The Big Breakfast alongside comedian Mo Gilligan, in a one-off special on Channel 4.

Alongside presenting gigs, AJ has also became a TV regular on various shows, and many will instantly recognise her from Celebrity Karaoke Club, Cooking With The Stars, and Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday on BBC One.

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