Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba reveals he’s NOT stopped crying: ‘The show opened my emotional artery’

by Nick Barnes
Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Ore Oduba

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 winner, Ore Oduba has revealed that he can’t stop crying since the show came to a close. The presenter has said that he reckons the show has made him more emotional.

In fact, he’s recently said that winning Strictly Come Dancing was right up there with his wedding day in terms of being one of the best days of his life.

When Strictly Come Dancing kicked off last year, viewers may not have been too familiar with who Ore was, but many will have seen him just weeks prior on the BBC as he anchored a lot of the coverage for the 2016 Rio Olympics. When he got back from Rio, he headed into training just one day later to ensure he was ready for the launch show and the first live show of the series.

Whilst many may not have known about much Ore, he quickly won over the hearts of the viewers, who in the end voted for him to lift the all important Glitterball Trophy.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac, Ore Oduba


In an interview with The Mirror newspaper, Ore said that there were NO crocodile tears on the show, adding that “every single drop was real”.

“I didn’t see them coming. I remember my dance partner [Joanne Clifton] was getting a little emotional towards the end of the week,” he said, before adding that he just felt a “wave of emotion” wash over him, and there really was no going back then.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Ore Oduba


“Getting married, I cried all day long. But Strictly has really opened my emotional artery. When I cry, it pours,” he said.

Ore even joked that when it comes to him having kids, you’ll have to get the mop out as there’s going to be a floor from his tears. “Imagine me at the Nativity play. Oh God, don’t. Just put me near the fire exit,” he joked.

Whilst it may have only been just over a month since Ore lifted the Glitterball trophy, all eyes have turned to the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing. Just who will be taking part?

Nick Barnes

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