Her message read: ‘It was a beautiful tribute to Gene. He also joked that, if necessary, he would dance ‘in the buff’ to avoid being voted off. He said: ‘I wanted her to meet whoever my partner was immediately. ‘On my wedding day I cried from 11 in the morning until 2am that night,’ he says. ‘Once, a girl ran up to him, lifted up her top and asked him to sign her naked breasts with her pen. 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. The programme researcher, who has done stints with children’s channel CBeebies and Blue Peter, has been on set every week. “She came with her mum and dad, who’ve been like my showbiz parents. 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.

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. “I still love broadcasting and radio work, but the idea is to be an all-rounder.”. 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. 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. When he married Portia last November, he spent most of the day crying. 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.

“I had never done professional dancing before and I was just enjoying the experience of learning, realising I wasn’t terrible at it. Ore’s mother-in-law Sophie, 51, was privately educated at Kent College, where she once performed in a school production alongside classmate Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex. The Strictly Come Dancing grand final is taking place tonight, and the contestants have come a long way since week one. I couldn’t stop them coming up to him, so I made up my mind to ignore them.’. Ore lives in Manchester, moving there in 2011 following the BBC’s relocation to Salford. ‘She was like, “Absolutely not!” That would have been the first dance lessons I’ve ever had, but she refused them.’. Michelle performs barefoot walk across scorching hot coals for charity fundraiser. Things I love: 1.

When later asked if Joan’s focus had been on his physique, Ore replied: ‘Yes. His widow Patricia Ward Kelly, who was married to the star from 1990 to his death in 1996, posted on Facebook. Jeremy said of joining Strictly, "I love it. But, fear not, Joanne Clifton is already taken — by none other than the actor grandson of the late Ronnie Corbett.

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. 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. “The drive she had to make another career happen for herself – it’s in her wake I’ve been able to do this. However, things have certainly calmed down in recent years. John Craven is officially the nation's favourite Newsround presenter of all time ... Meet JJ Chalmers - Strictly Come Dancing 2020 contestant and Invictus Games medallist 31 …

We all sang a song about the teachers and it went down really well.’. It was important for her to be as involved as possible.

Ore plays Teen Angel in the production, which is choreographed by ex-Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, when it comes to Glasgow this week. Quite what Joan’s reaction to that would be, one can only imagine. Joan messaged me that she was keeping an eye on my trousers.’. Afterwards Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli declared: ‘Gene Kelly himself would be proud.’. “A couple of years ago I set out to work towards musical theatre standard, and I can’t believe Grease is my first. “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. ‘Joanne is absolutely smitten with Joseph and the pair have been inseparable ever since they started dating in June,’ said a source. He then joined the BBC, presenting the children’s news programme Newsround between 2008 and 2014.

As a result, says Ore, Portia and his dance partner, Joanne Clifton, are now firm friends, 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. 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 the boys and girls were in circles as Summer Nights started, and even though there seemed to be an equal number of boys and girls, I always found myself on the outside. I feel so lucky to have had her in my life the last few years. She quit Strictly after winning with Ore and has since established herself as a musical theatre star, appearing in productions such as Footloose and The Rocky Horror Show. Joanne was playing Marilyn and Joseph was playing Marilyn’s uncle. She met her husband-to-be while helping in a record shop in Tunbridge Wells and they married in Las Vegas in 1988. Before Grease, Ore hadn’t performed theatrically since he was at school. My wife and Jo get on so well, I’m the third wheel, I’m the outsider. Gene would have been, too.’. She has said: ‘I remember Sophie Rhys-Jones as always being up for a laugh. They go out for dinner more than I do.’. Len shouting SEVEN. Joanne is reported to have fallen for Joseph Edward-Bader while starring in Norma Jeane The Musical, a dark take on Marilyn Monroe’s final days. Of course, Ore’s mother-in-law had a very different upbringing to that of her husband. ‘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. Following his first dance, the 83-year-old Dynasty legend tweeted about Ore’s tight trousers. By Tom Rawstorne for the Daily Mail Her father ran a successful agricultural business in Kent and after leaving school she briefly worked for a stockbroking firm. “Three shows in six months could be my undoing,” he laughed. 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. ‘When the bikers come round, the conversation’s not about fighting,’ he has said.

Which means the relationship between Ore and Joanne — or Team O-Jo as they have been dubbed — should stay strictly professional. ‘However, I soon realised there wasn’t any point in getting upset. How Princess Eugenie helped fix up the Prince with his (very) socially ambitious TV star, From dark days to happily ever after: The highs and lows of newlywed Jesinta Campbell and Lance 'Buddy' Franklin... following couple's surprise wedding, Feeling the Heat-on? “I’ll know at the end of Curtains whether I’m cut out for this – I hope I am as I adore being on stage. Until recently, any mention of Grease and its iconic soundtrack would take Strictly winner Ore Oduba back to some schooldays he’d rather forget. It is not just his emotional vulnerability that fans have warmed to. ‘I’ve been up [to London] when it was first on,’ she said, speaking from her £300,000 end-of-terrace house. It’s bonkers!”, Grease The Musical, King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Tue-Sat. Already have an account with us? The two occasions when he and his partner topped the leader board have seen him reduced to tears. Current affairs reports aimed at a younger audience. ‘There’s a picture of me wailing, my best men there laughing and Portia absolutely cracking up next to me — I am the only one crying.’.

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