Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba said he is looking forward to spending time with his family after “neglecting” them to train for the show.
The sports television presenter, who had no previous dance training, beat former Hollyoaks star Danny Mac and ex-Eternal singer Louise Redknapp to win the coveted glitterball trophy in the nail-biting finale of the BBC show.
Ore, 30, and his professional partner Joanne Clifton were awarded their first perfect 40 score of the series for their showdance performed to I Got Rhythm, which saw departing head judge Len Goodman give them a standing ovation.
Talking moments after his win, Ore said: “It doesn’t make any sense to us right now, I cannot believe it, we did not even consider this (winning), not even for a single week of this.”
Asked what he will be doing next, he replied: “What’s next? Christmas, I cannot wait for Christmas, I’ve neglected my family, same for Jo, we’ve been so hard working…”
He revealed he will be going on a two-week getaway with his wife Portia, while Joanne will be back in the dance studio on Monday to start rehearsals for a musical.
The BBC presenter praised his wife for being his “anchor” and said having his parents, who were visiting from Nigeria, in the audience made his victory even more special.
He said: “She’s supported us so much (Portia) and just been my absolute anchor, and my mum and dad just being here, they’ve sacrificed so much, both of our parents have sacrificed so much for us in our lives, so for them to be here and see this, the most unexpected moment of my life, is just incredible.”
The finale also saw Joanne compete against her older brother Kevin, who partnered Louise.
It was the fourth final for Kevin, who has yet to secure a win. Moments after Joanne’s name was called out, Kevin was one of the first people at her side to scoop her up in a congratulatory hug.
“I mean, he’s my older brother and I just said sorry to him because he’s made four finals and he’s never won it yet,” a tearful Joanne said about sharing the moment with Kevin.
“And to get that reaction from him. I was away from my family for 14 years living in Italy and I didn’t see him that much and since I’ve come back, he’s been a big brother to me again.”
Ore said he will not be giving up sports presenting, but said he will dance for the “rest of his life”.
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He said: “I’m not giving up anything. In fact, it’s just been the best thing to acquire the ability to dance.
“Like I said, it’s just going to be a thread through my life for the rest of my life, I can’t think of a time when I will not be dancing now. It’s just, it is in me now, I can’t not dance.”