|Joanne Clifton and Ore Oduba with the glitterball trophy after winning Strictly Come Dancing 2016 BBC|
Ore Oduba has been crowned the winner of this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing. The sports broadcaster beat former Eternal singer Louise Redknapp and former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac to take home the coveted glitterball trophy.
Oduba cried tears of joy as he thanked his partner Joanne Clifton for her work, before the pair were lifted into the air by cheering contestants and professionals. The BBC presenter, who had no previous training and said he did not even dance at his own wedding, was rendered temporarily speechless as he was handed the trophy.
|Joanne Clifton and Ore Oduba performing in the Strictly Come Dancing final (BBC)|
He thanked his dance partner, the production crew and judges before telling Clifton: “I love you with all of my heart. I'm so speechless. I just want to say thank you.” The 30-year-old added: “This has been the most incredible experience of my life, I've learned to dance, I've made a best friend, I've been on the show that I loved for 12 years.”
His total score of 118 was enough to top the final leaderboard of the series, with rival couples both finishing on 116. Oduba and Clifton collected 40 points for their show dance, which involved dancing on a giant drum kit.
Head judge Len Goodman praised the piece set to jazz hit "I Got Rhythm", telling the couple he “couldn't have asked for anything more”. They also scored 40 for their jive to Bruno Mars's hit "Runaway Baby" from week four, which Craig Revel Horwood called “virtuosic”.