A Blackburn presenter is tipped to replace Rylan Clark as presenter for BBC show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.

AJ Odudu is the bookies' current favourite to replace Rylan, who has quit after presenting the spin-off show since 2019.

He originally joined the series to host with long-time presenter Zoe Ball before professional dancer Janette Manrara joined in 2021.

According to BettingSites.co.uk, AJ is the “clear favourite” to replace Rylan on the show, with 4/1 odds.

Main show hosts Claudia Winkleman and Zoe Ball follow next at 8/1, while former dancer Anton Du Beke, Bruno Tonioli and Emma Willis are all 10/1 to replace Rylan.

Lancashire Telegraph: AJ OduduAJ Odudu (Image: BBC)

Wildcard shouts include Alison Hammond at 20/1 and Shirley Ballas at 33/1.

In a statement on Instagram, Clark wrote: “I’ve had the best time hosting the show alongside Janette and Zoe and I can’t thank the amazing team enough for always putting on a great show.

“I’ve been welcomed into the Strictly family and will firmly hold that title dear to me. The time has come for me to pass on the baton to someone else and explore what else life has for me.

“Thank you Strictly, you will always have my heart… and dancing feet.”

Under the post, Strictly professional dancers Nancy Xu Xi, Johannes Radebe and Tyler West sent their “love” to Clark along with the celebrity dancing show’s presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

The BBC said the series will announce a new presenter in due course.

AJ, who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2021, has been busy this year, presenting several shows such as Comic Relief and the Eurovision Handover show.

She is also rumoured to be hosting the upcoming Big Brother reboot.

AJ recently spoke out about her latest TV project, which she says shines  a light on people and a location which are often “under-represented” in mainstream media.

AJ Odudu is launching The Big Interiors Battle, on Channel 4, which sees aspiring homeowners decorate their dream apartment under the watchful eye of judge and architect Dara Huang, with the winner receiving the home in a former cutlery factory in Sheffield mortgage free.