ORE Oduba was the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 after battling it out in the grand final against Louise Redknapp and Danny Mac.
From the beginning of the series, Danny was backed by the bookies and he didn’t disappoint his fans with his performance in the final – but here’s how Ore bagged the glitterball trophy on the night.
Who won Strictly Come Dancing 2016?
BBC presenter Ore Oduba beat Louise Redknapp and Danny Mac to become king of the ballroom after a closely fought final which saw the three celebrities perform three different routines.
On hearing that they’d won, Ore and his partner Joanne Clifton looked stunned before they broke down in tears and clung to each other in shock.
Joanne’s brother Kevin Clifton, who was partnered with Louise in the final, took the chance to congratulate his sister and spun her around in the air in excitement.
The couple were so hysterical that Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman moved to the runners-up to give them to the chance to calm down.
Finally able to talk, Ore struggled to speak before he turned to Joanne and said: “I love you. With all of my heart.
“I’m so speechless, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for everything that you’ve given me,” he added, before tearing up again.
Ore ended by saying: “You are the most incredible person, and this has been the most incredible experience of my life. I’ve learned to dance, made an incredible best friend, I’ve been on the show that I’ve loved for twelve years.”
What dances did Ore and Joanne perform in the final?
Ore and Joanne got the final off to a roaring start with their judges choice routine – the American Smooth to Singing in the Rain from week three – which scored them 39 points.
Head judge Len Goodman said: ” I was screaming the whole way through it. you’re the boy that brings joy. I thought it was such a great number before, you’ve taken great to an even greater place, it was brilliant.”
Darcey Bussell added: “It is heaven to watch, you made me gasp again. It all came together and you pulled it off again.”
The couple then took to the floor with their show dance to I Got Rhythm by George and Ira Gershwin which scored them the perfect score of the night of 40 from the judges followed by their popular jive routine to Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars, which saw them bag another 40.
After their showdance, Len gave the couple a standing ovation, adding: “Who could ask for more?” while their fabulous jive left all four members of the panel speechless again.
What were the odds for the finalists?
Danny Mac & Oti Mabuse
Ex-Hollyoaks star Danny made history in week 10 when he became the first celebrity to ever receive a perfect 40 score for a Samba.
His partnership with Oti has worked incredibly well. It was her second series of Strictly – last year she was partnered with boxer Anthony Aogogo and went out in week three.
Danny had a smooth passage to the final, managing to avoid the dance off until the semi-final last week, where he received the judges vote to save him over Claudia Fragapane.
Danny, who is in a relationship with former Hollyoaks co-star Carley Stenson, was the favourite to win the competition with odds of 8/11.
Louise Redknapp & Kevin Clifton
Wife of ex-footballer turned pundit Jamie Redknapp, Louise went on a full Strictly journey.
The TV presenter and ex-singer started off a little hesitantly at the beginning of the series and improved drastically as the show has progressed.
She was partnered with Strictly veteran Kevin, who was hoping to top his record of three runners-up out of three series.
Louise may not have achieved any perfect 40 scores in the lead up to the final, but she learned how to commit to the dances and had consistent with nines and tens.
She was second favourite with odds of 6/4.
Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton
Ore made an early impact in the competition when he scored the first tens of this series with his Jive in week four.
It wasn’t all been plain-sailing though for the TV sports presenter though, he’s ended up in the dance off twice.
Partnered with Joanne, he’ll helped her win her own sibling rivalry competition to lift the glitterball trophy over her brother Kevin.
He was the outsider for the title though, with odds of 7/1.
It was also a tearful finale to the fourteenth series as it was head judge Len Goodman’s last show on the normal series.
He went on to make his final appearance on the Christmas special.