Ore Oduba and his dancing partner Joanne Clifton lifted the Strictly Come Dancing trophy last night, with an estimated 13.1 million viewers around the UK glued to the screen during the show.
The BBC sports presenter who was born in London to Nigerian parents in 1986, beat fellow finalists Danny Mac and Louise Redknapp to win the 2016 series. He’s the only winner in Strictly history to survive two dance-offs.
Ore, who confessed during the competition that he had never been a dancer before entering the competition, was labelled “the spirit of Strictly” by Len Goodman the most senior judge in Strictly Come Dancing.
Former hockey player Ore and Joanne a former World Dance Champion impressed the judges and the voting public with their near perfect execution of a series of dance routines which culminated in a spectacular grand final on 17 December.
Ore was particularly impressive when he performed the legendary Gene Kelly’s routine in Singing In The Rain, a fortnight ago. He achieved an almost-perfect score of 39 from four judges.
Analysts said Ore, who presents sport bulletins for BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 Live Is likely to see his an upward swing in his career after receiving national accolade for his performance.
Ore began a debut presenting solo on the morning slot for the Commonwealth Games 2014 on BBC One and BBC Sport. He has also co-presented live cinema relays from the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden with former ballerina Darcey Bussell.