STRICTLY IS HELL SAYS ORE Show ‘left me a wreck’

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by ED GLEAVE TV Ed­i­tor

STRICTLY champ Ore Oduba says train­ing for the show turned him into an emo­tional wreck.

In a warn­ing to this year’s con­tes­tants, he re­vealed he was left anx­ious and tear­ful be­hind the scenes.

Stars in­clud­ing Alexan­dra Burke and Ruth Langs­ford have started train­ing ahead of this year’s first live show on Satur­day.

Ore, 31, said: “I can re­mem­ber be­ing there this time last year and you just want to get started. I know they are so anx­ious and they’re sweat­ing and hav­ing the worst night­mares.

“You’re told Strictly is go­ing to be hard, but even then you’re never ready for the in­ten­sity of it.”

View­ers saw Ore get emo­tional on the live shows but he’s now re­vealed he also broke down while train­ing for up to 10 hours a day.

He said: “When you’re prac­tis­ing, not only does sweat pour out of you…tears also in­stinc­tively come. I would say to all con­tes­tants, ‘be ready to shed a few tears’. We didn’t in­cor­po­rate the tears into the per­for­mance. I think that just comes as a side ef­fect. It was some­thing that just hap­pened to me in the show. “When you find some­thing you love so much, you have just got to open your­self up to it. You’ve got to go full throt­tle.” Ore and pro part­ner Joanne Clifton pulled off a shock when they topped the vote in last year’s fi­nal and lifted the Glit­ter­ball tro­phy.

He added: “I feel like I made the most of it. You’ve got to make the most of it be­cause it’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Strictly’s launch show last weekend pulled in nine mil­lion view­ers, putting it three mil­lion ahead of The X Fac­tor. Crit­ics have claimed this year’s Strictly line-up isn’t as good as pre­vi­ous years, but Ore reck­ons the se­ries will con­tinue to pull in big num­bers.

He said: “Strictly is al­ways bril­liant. The fact it’s main­tained the au­di­ence af­ter 15 se­ries is bonkers. Fans will be there in droves this year again.”

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