Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Ore Oduba is next CONFIRMED celebrity


Ore Oduba has become the fourth celebrity CONFIRMED for the Strictly Come Dancing 2016 cast this autumn.

He was announced late today on the official BBC Strictly Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Ore, who hadn't been rumoured for the show, said: "I'm still waiting for someone to wake me up and tell me I'm dreaming!!! I've been such a huge fan of the show for over a decade.

"So to actually take to the Strictly stage myself, I don't think I've been more nervously excited - aside from on my wedding day. Let's hope for fewer tears! I cannot wait to get started, it's going to be so much fun."

Sports Broadcaster Ore is a regular face on BBC Breakfast and is currently in Rio presenting on the 2016 Olympic Games, anchoring daily coverage each evening on BBC Four.

Ore learnt his trade on children’s television as an anchor of CBBC’s Newsround and Sportsround before going on to present a variety of BBC programmes including the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations on Commonwealth Day, EastEnders: Backstage Live and the London Marathon.

Ore is the fourth celebrity officially announced for the new series, joining former politician Ed Balls, singer Will Young and TV presenter Laura Whitmore on the line up so far.

Speaking yesterday, Laura said: "I have watched Strictly and been obsessed with the show since series 1. It's an incredible show and I feel so honoured to be asked to be a part of it.

"I'm not going to lie, I'm sightly petrified too!"

Rumoured celebs tipped to also be on the Strictly line up this year are ITV's Judge Rinder, singer Anastacia, Corrie's Ryan Thomas, model Daisy Lowe, Eternal's Louise Redknapp, former I'm A Celebrity host Laura Whitmore and butler to the late Princess Diana, Paul Burrell.

More names will be officially revealed over the next few weeks ahead of the Strictly launch in September on BBC One.

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