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