Blackburn presenter, AJ Odudu, says she has been struck down with food poisoning ahead of her Comic Relief presenting duties tonight (March 17) – but the show must go on.

AJ is set to host the BBC charity show alongside actor David Tennant, TV presenter Joel Dommett, comedia Paddy McGuinness and Radio 2's Zoe Ball.

This is despite coming down with food poisoning, following a trip to Cape Town in South Africa earlier this week.

Lancashire Telegraph: AJ Odudu's 'rehydration station' after getting food poisoningAJ Odudu's 'rehydration station' after getting food poisoning (Image: Instagram/@ajodudu)

Posting to her 231,000 Instagram followers, the former St Bede’s High School pupil said: “Imagine flying back from Cape Town all smug only to be hit with food poisoning.

“Imagine that what world would that happen in?  But your girl is back feeling’ tip-top ish’.

“I am now in Salford getting all geared up to host Comic Relief this Friday, live at 7pm.

“I am filming something very special for Comic Relief today with Paddy McGuinness.”

AJ also posted a picture of her ‘hydration station’, considting of a bottle of water, Andrews Salts, and Dioralyte rehydration tablets.

She also posted a picture of herself on stage with Top Gear presenter and former Take Me Out star Paddy McGuinness, from Bolton.

Tonight’s three-hour comedy special will see AJ and other hosts entertain the nation.

The show will be filled with with hilarious sketches, live performances, big surprises and stunning

Money raised from the appeal will support people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and tackle issues such as homelessness, mental health problems and food poverty.

Comic Relief’s famous Red Nose has undergone its “most dramatic makeover” since debuting in 1988 after being redesigned by former Apple guru Sir Jony Ive.

The new nose is made almost entirely from plant-based materials and starts as a tiny, flat crescent that springs into a honeycomb paper sphere when opened.

Comic Relief co-founders Richard Curtis and Sir Lenny Henry have enlisted actress and comedian Diane Morgan to make a tongue-in-cheek short film launching the new product.

In it, Morgan compares the design to Earth before hailing the importance of “the perfect circle” and describing how the new model is “the most perfect nose in history”.