Ore Oduba: My wife has kept me grounded during Strictly


Strictly Come Dancing star Ore Oduba has credited his wife for keeping him grounded during the show.

The sports presenter, 31, and Portia celebrated their first wedding anniversary recently.

Ore and his wife Portia (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images)
Ore and his wife Portia (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images)

The couple returned to their wedding reception venue, Penshurst Place in Kent, for a photo shoot with Hello magazine.

He told Hello: "It's easy for this show (Strictly) to become like a runaway train. Portia being so supportive has made it all possible. She keeps me grounded. She's my choreographer, stylist, physiotherapist as well as wife."

Portia recalled their wedding day saying: "My over-riding memory is of Ore's emotions - he was so teary throughout the day."

Hello magazine
Hello magazine

Ore has become a favourite on the Strictly dance floor and has consistently earned impressive scores from the judges.

He and his professional partner, Joanne Clifton, are currently in joint second place on the leaderboard, tied with Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton on a score of 38 points.

Ore and Joanne in Hello magazine
Ore and Joanne in Hello magazine

Reminiscing about their first dance at their wedding, Portia said: "Everyone says, 'Your wedding dance must have been amazing.' But it was just a little dance.

"Ore whispered, 'Shall I lift you up?' I said 'No' while smiling through my teeth. Now I see him lifting Jo up and spinning her around."

Ore Oduba.
Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton on the dance floor (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

BBC presenter Ore said he knew from the moment he saw Portia that she was "The One".

"From the first two months, we talked about wanting children. The way we are with each other hasn't dipped or changed," he said, "I know it will always be fine when Portia is here."

He also said his fellow dance contestant Ed Balls is a "Strictly phenomenon".

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