The frontman of the foul-mouthed Eighties band The Anti-Nowhere League left school at the age of 16 and joined a motorbike gang called The Chosen Few — similar to the Hell’s Angels. “I always sang – in the school choir, in school productions, in the shower – but I stopped theatre when I was 18. 2. Which means the relationship between Ore and Joanne — or Team O-Jo as they have been dubbed — should stay strictly professional. “If only I could tell my teenage self that I would be singing those songs on stage years later.”. Already have an account with us? Dame Joan wrote: ‘Is it just me or wasn’t there enough fabric in Ore’s trousers?’ She then privately messaged him wishing him good luck. Our best wishes for a productive day. 00:09 05 Nov 2016, updated 01:06 05 Nov 2016, When Ore Odubawas revealed as one of the celebrity stars of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, many viewers were left wondering: ‘Ore Who?’. Jeremy said of joining Strictly, "I love it. By Tom Rawstorne for the Daily Mail However, things have certainly calmed down in recent years. And, who knows, she may be hoping for divine intervention — having recently helped set up a new branch of the church to which she belongs in nearby Bournemouth. Keeping a close eye on his partnership with Joanne Clifton is his stunning 26- year-old wife Portia. Newsround is moving to YouTube (Picture: BBC) BBC’s Newsround has made a move to YouTube, a month after the teatime bulletin was axed by the broadaster after 48 years.. She was so proud.”. Gene always said that the point of his Singin’ In The Rain number was to bring joy. All Rights Reserved. Software worker, 71, leads headlong rush out of UK with two-week singles... Britain records FEWEST daily Covid-19 cases in a fortnight as officials announce 18,950 more... Rishi Sunak DOUBLES payments to the self-employed to cover 80% of trading profits during November... 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The closest he got to dance lessons was when he suggested to his fiancee, before their wedding day, that they take some classes ahead of their first dance. The programme researcher, who has done stints with children’s channel CBeebies and Blue Peter, has been on set every week. © DC Thomson Co Ltd 2020. Nick did it, of course — he’s very polite — but I was really angry. But, fear not, Joanne Clifton is already taken — by none other than the actor grandson of the late Ronnie Corbett. Afterwards Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli declared: ‘Gene Kelly himself would be proud.’. Ore plays Teen Angel in the production, which is choreographed by ex-Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, when it comes to Glasgow this week. He then joined the BBC, presenting the children’s news programme Newsround between 2008 and 2014. Until recently, any mention of Grease and its iconic soundtrack would take Strictly winner Ore Oduba back to some schooldays he’d rather forget. ‘She was like, “Absolutely not!” That would have been the first dance lessons I’ve ever had, but she refused them.’. Following his first dance, the 83-year-old Dynasty legend tweeted about Ore’s tight trousers. Trailblazing Bond actress Trina Parks pays tribute to Sir Sean Connery, Scottish Album of the Year Award: Edinburgh rapper, producer and DJ Nova becomes youngest ever winner, Lee Mack ‘utterly shocked’ at death of Not Going Out co-star Bobby Ball, Eric Dier backs Dele Alli to fight his way back into the Tottenham team, Labour calls for cross-party talks on six-month economic support plan, Leicester hand out Premier League reality check to Leeds, London shines a light on coronavirus heroes this festive season, One killed and several injured in ‘terror attack’ on revellers in Vienna. All this is just as well, because there is one other reason why Ore doesn’t dare risk upsetting his new wife — his father-in-law is Nick Culmer, the tattooed lead singer of a punk rock band. ‘It’s more: “How’s the family?”’. You can unsubscribe at any time. BBC Radio 2 presenter and journalist Jeremy Vine is the first celebrity to be announced for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing. As well as having performed with future royalty, Sophie also learned how to deal with groupies — something her own daughter might need to do should Ore win. It’s bonkers!”, Grease The Musical, King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Tue-Sat. “Who would have thought, working at the Olympics in August 2016, I would be on stage as Teen Angel three years later? Ministers warn 'all bets are off' if coronavirus cases are still high in... Royal experts question the 'wisdom' of keeping Prince William's Covid diagnosis a secret... however... Not only did the 30-year-old and his dance partner Joanne Clifton record the first perfect ‘tens’ of the series, but their take on Singin’ In The Rain was such a hit it was praised by the widow of Gene Kelly, Ore's wife, Portia, a programme researcher, has done stints with children’s channel CBeebies and Blue Peter and has been on set every week. When he married Portia last November, he spent most of the day crying. ‘I was proud of Ore and Joanne for celebrating Gene Kelly, The Legacy. But the former Newsround presenter has since become a firm favourite — and his skills on the dance floor are such that he is now tipped to win the glitterball trophy. ‘However, I soon realised there wasn’t any point in getting upset. Called The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), it was established in Nigeria in 1952 but offshoots have since spread around the world. “A couple of years ago I set out to work towards musical theatre standard, and I can’t believe Grease is my first. My wife and Jo get on so well, I’m the third wheel, I’m the outsider. In the past, the so-called Curse of Strictly, in which a celebrity becomes romantically involved with their partner, has been blamed for wrecking numerous relationships. Nicknamed Animal, Culmer was once thrown out of Top Of The Pops for smuggling a 3ft axe into the studio. Subscribe for only £5.49 a month and enjoy all the benefits of the printed paper as a digital replica. “I remember around week 10 of the show, a lightbulb moment happened where I didn’t want to run away and I realised I liked the platform. Nicknamed Animal, Culmer was once thrown out of Top Of The Pops for smuggling a 3ft axe into the studio, Ore is in danger of becoming as well known for his crying as for his dancing. He said: ‘I wanted her to meet whoever my partner was immediately. “The drive she had to make another career happen for herself – it’s in her wake I’ve been able to do this. “Everyone has a memory of Grease, and for me it’s of when the songs came on in the school disco and trying to find a female dance partner, only to fail catastrophically,” he said. Newsround to receive special honour at 2011 Children's Baftas, Don't Rock the Boat is "bizarre telly" and leaves the audience feeling queasy, Ruth Wilson says Mrs Coulter is more vulnerable and "much more dangerous" in His Dark Materials season two. Once we put on an end-of-term play and, because it was the Eighties, it was very disco. By entering your details, you are agreeing to Radio Times privacy policy. ‘I said, “Shall we have a practice and get a couple of steps in, so when it comes to the first dance we’ve got something to show?” ’ he recalled. And the former Newsround and BBC sports presenter, who won Strictly with Joanne Clifton in 2016, can hardly believe the direction his career has taken in the past few years. “You go on something like Strictly and don’t know how it will pan out, but you do know it has the ability to change things. Her message read: ‘It was a beautiful tribute to Gene. The two occasions when he and his partner topped the leader board have seen him reduced to tears. I feel so lucky to have had her in my life the last few years. From his super-posh childhood to the punk rocker in the family who never turned down the opportunity to sign a fan’s breasts, the secret side to Ore is very revealing. ‘She wore a really short white skirt and white cowboy boots and threw herself into the part. Her father ran a successful agricultural business in Kent and after leaving school she briefly worked for a stockbroking firm. “Joanne came to see me in the show and I was so nervous, because I wanted to impress her. Joanne was playing Marilyn and Joseph was playing Marilyn’s uncle. But what’s behind the tears and the perfect tens? Joan messaged me that she was keeping an eye on my trousers.’. “I still love broadcasting and radio work, but the idea is to be an all-rounder.”. This summer he covered the Rio Olympics for BBC4 (although one critic was less than impressed at his observation that ‘water polo is not a sport for anyone who’s not that good at swimming’.). ‘Nick had groupies hanging around him all the time,’ Sophie said. His widow Patricia Ward Kelly, who was married to the star from 1990 to his death in 1996, posted on Facebook. But Ore is in danger of becoming as well known for his crying as for his dancing. And the former Newsround and BBC sports presenter, who won Strictly with Joanne Clifton in 2016, can hardly believe the direction his career has taken in the past few years. “Three shows in six months could be my undoing,” he laughed. When he married Portia last November, he spent most of the day crying, Unlike other contestants who previously learned to dance at stage school or in West End shows, Ore has had no formal training. ‘Initially, I used to get upset because the groupies didn’t care whether or not Nick had a girlfriend — they’d just barge past me to get to him. “I had never done professional dancing before and I was just enjoying the experience of learning, realising I wasn’t terrible at it. Unlike other contestants who previously learned to dance at stage school or in West End shows, Ore has had no formal training. The band were then removed from Top Of The Pops when producers found Culmer’s axe, something he often used as a prop on stage. Ore, who, with TV researcher wife Portia, has an 18-month-old son, Roman, says Joanne Clifton has provided ongoing motivation. She met her husband-to-be while helping in a record shop in Tunbridge Wells and they married in Las Vegas in 1988. Today, the happily married father of three — Portia has a lookalike younger sister Oona, 24, and brother Dexter, 22 — lives in a £1.7 million, six-bedroom detached mews house in Tunbridge Wells. Ore has also won over viewers by crying when topping the leader board and for the fact that, unlike many other celebrities who have taken part, he has had no formal dance training. He works as a property developer, but still performs with the band. Of course, Ore’s mother-in-law had a very different upbringing to that of her husband. Len shouting SEVEN. Sign in to manage your newsletter preferences. Which could prove tricky for Ore should he ever be tempted to strut his stuff closer to home. “You never know how things are going to work out in life,” he smiled.