Why is Strictly champion Ore Oduba still blubbing?

BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba reveals he's had a perplexing reaction to winning Strictly on Saturday night

Strictly Come Dancing champion Ore Oduba has said he already has withdrawal symptoms from training and has shed a tear that he won’t be spinning round the dance floor every day.

The BBC sports presenter triumphed over actor Danny Mac and singer Louise Redknapp in Saturday night’s tense final.

Ore and Joanne
(BBC/Guy Levy)


He will soon return to the ballroom for the Strictly Come Dancing tour, but he admitted on ITV’s This Morning: “I’ve got withdrawal symptoms, it’s the first day in four months I haven’t danced.

“I was crying knowing I wouldn’t be dancing. I was devastated.”

Ore and Joanne (BBC)
Ore and Joanne (BBC)


Ore and his professional partner Joanne Clifton were visibly shocked by their win on the BBC show and he said it was so unexpected that he did not bring enough clean clothes to do interviews the day after the final.

He said: “It was completely surreal, we were just stunned.

“We didn’t expect to be there, we didn’t expect to win. I’m in completely recycled clothes, the only thing clean here is pants.”

Ore Oduba.
Ore Oduba (Peter Byrne/PA)


Ore said he was particularly gratified to win in front of his mother and his father, who travelled from Nigeria to be in the studio.

Telling the story of how he and his wife, Portia, broke the news to his mother that he would be on the show, he said: “We were a married couple telling my mother we had big news, I think she was a little bit disappointed it was Strictly.”


Meanwhile, Danny said he still does not understand the mistake he made in the quickstep in the show’s grand final.

He told BBC Breakfast his professional partner, Oti Mabuse, even added extra choreography to the dance the day before the live show to impress head judge Len Goodman.

Ore and Joanne won 10s (BBC)
Ore and Joanne won 10s (BBC)


He said: “My only pressure was I didn’t want to make any mistakes and I think I put that pressure on myself a bit too much.

“We take risks and Oti added a whole other round on the dance floor the day before because we wanted to please Len and put more choreography into it and that bit went OK, surprisingly enough, and then the bit I had known for the last 10 weeks went wrong.

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse (Guy Levy/BBC/PA Images)
Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse (Guy Levy/BBC/PA Images)


“It is one of those dances where, if one thing goes wrong, you can’t hide it. We are joined together at the hip and I still do not know what happened.

“I must have just missed a step, I can’t put my finger on it, I was gutted.”

Danny  will soon return to the dance floor for the Strictly Come Dancing tour, but will reunite with his fiancee, Carley Stenson, for a musical stage production of Sleepless In Seattle.

He said: “I’m so pleased because we have spent so much time apart and there are not many opportunities that we will have to work with each other and this project is fantastic.

“It’s going to be so great for that. Carley is such a star, she is so talented.”

The Strictly Come Dancing tour kicks off in Birmingham on January 20.


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