Tears of joy as Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton win Strictly Come Dancing 2016

Television presenter Ore Oduba broke down in tears as he and partner Joanne Clifton were crowned Strictly Come Dancing champions 2016.

The BBC presenter had received no dance training prior to taking part on the show, and he finished top of the leaderboard on Saturday night.

The pair collected the glitterball trophy ahead of favourite Danny Mac and partner Oti Mabuse, and former pop star Louise Redknapp and her partner Kevin Clifton - Joanne’s brother.

Ore, who in the lead-up to the final was quoted as saying he did not even dance at his own wedding, was left speechless as he was handed the trophy.

He then thanked his dance partner, the production crew and the show’s judges, before telling Joanne: “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.”

An emotional Joanne said she “can’t believe it” and told Ore “you’re a dancer”, before the pair were lofted in the air by the other couples.

Each duo performed three separate routines in the final, which marked the last time head judge Len Goodman would preside over the dance floor.

Ore, watched by his wife and parents in the audience, collected his first perfect 40 of the series in the final for a showdance to jazz hit I Got Rhythm, which was praised by Len, who said 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” and Bruno Tonioli said was “sheer perfection”.

Their first dance was a take on the Gene Kelly classic I’m Singin’ In The Rain, which was watched by Gene’s widow Patricia Ward, after she had praised the routine when the couple first performed it in week three.

The routine, an American smooth, was lauded as “heaven to watch” whilst Ore said having Patricia there was “hard to top”.

This year’s competition was the show’s most-watched series in its 12-year history, with an average of 11.3 million viewers tuning in to BBC One’s flagship entertainment show on Saturday nights.

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