‘It’s Salford’s call’: Salford and Greater Manchester shouted amidst Eurovision 2022

Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Odudu proudly displayed the UK flag as he read Britain’s Eurovision vote. The TV presenter followed in the footsteps of celebrities such as Fearne Cotton, Scott Mills and Amanda Holden to unveil all of these highlights at this year’s competition.

While UK entry Sam Ryder almost did the unthinkable and finished second in the competition, AJ made history because instead of calling from London she phoned from here, in the northwest.

“AJ is calling from Salford… for the first time ever from Greater Manchester,” she said proudly as host Graham Norton chuckled. And she awarded the coveted twelve points to Sweden.

And praise poured in for its flawless delivery. @Thurston_FW tweeted: “AJ being STUN.” @evincandy clapped back: “YAS AJ Odudu looks like the queen she is!!!” @bexlam tweeted: ‘AJ’ calling from Salford… for the first time ever from Greater Manchester GET IN ‘#ICONIC.’ And @Joelle_o said, “AJ Adudu is a legend.”


The Blackburn-born star is now firmly in the Eurovision history books. In a career spanning over a decade, she has worked for the BBC, Channel 4 and even Sky Arts, including co-presenting coverage of the Isle of Wight Festival 2012, presenting ‘Big Brother’s Bit on the Side” alongside Rylan Clark. -Neal and Emma Willis, as well as “Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Psych”.

She also hosted the 4Music show “Trending Live!” alongside Jimmy Hill and Vick Hope between 2015 and 2019 and regularly presented the online Facebook quiz game ‘Confetti’ in March and April 2019. In July 2021 she won the second series of Celebrity Karaoke Club on ITV2 and , from September of the same year, she participated in the 19th series of Strictly Come Dancing, in partnership with professional dancer Kai Widdrington.

Sam Ryder played for the UK

In their first week alone, the pair topped the charts with a score of 34 for their jive to DJ Fresh’s ‘Gold Dust’ and topped it again twice more – one in week seven, with a score of 39 for their Charleston at ‘Don’t Bring Lulu’ and second (jointly) in the semi-final. However, Kai and AJ were forced to withdraw from competition on December 17, just a day before the final, after tearing a ligament in their right ankle.

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