Strictly’s Tom and AJ blame Emma Willis after letting slip they’re on show

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Strictly Come Dancing stars Tom Fletcher and AJ Odudu have confessed they both broke a show rule – but they blame pal Emma Willis for it.

Saturday night saw this year's batch of celebrities all get partnered up, with Tom dancing with Amy Dowden and AJ paired with new pro Kai Widdrington.

And while Tom and AJ's participation in the dancing show was revealed earlier this year, it seems they actually knew each other was taking part before.

The McFly singer explained: "Me and AJ told each other because Emma Willis is our mutual friend.”

The 36-year-old went on: "I think it was Emma that told me, and I think Emma that told her, so blame Emma Willis!”

But it all led to quite an awkward situation, as he added to press before the launch: "Me and AJ were sat next to each other for about an hour and neither of us had said anything, but I think we both knew that we both knew."

Now, Tom is hoping to have fun and not worry about going all the way to match the track record of his bandmate Harry Judd, who won Strictly 10 years ago in 2011 alongside Aliona Vilani.

He said: "It had been his thing for a while, so I did feel like there was a little bit of pressure for me to go far.

“But after 10 years, I just want to have a fun experience. You only get to do Strictly once, so I want to have the best time and not worry about Harry Judd.”

That isn't to say he isn't invested in the competition though, as he's keen on doing well for his son Buzz who's a big fan of the show.

Tom said: "When Chris Ramsay was in it a couple of years ago, he cried his eyes out when he got voted out”

“So seeing him really get into it, when they asked if I’d do it, I thought, 'My son would love that!'"

The other couples this year are: Adam Peaty and Katya Jones, Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova, Greg Wise and Karen Hauer, Judi Love and Graziano Di Prime, Katie McGlynn and Gorka Marquez, Nina Wadia and Neil Jones, Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu, Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice, Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec, Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin, and Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse.

Bake Off star John Whaite forms one half of the show's first all-male couple with pro Johannes Radebe.

Earlier this week, Tom got a slap on the wrist from Instagram after stripping off while getting a spray tan for the show.

Strictly Come Dancing's live shows kick off on Saturday, September 25 on BBC One

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  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • Emma Willis
  • Tom Fletcher
  • AJ Odudu

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