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Ore Oduba takes the helm as Strictly tour returns in January

Last year's Strictly champ cannot wait to return to the dance floor!

Presenter and last year’s Strictly Come Dancing champion, Ore Oduba, will return to the glittering Strictly stage as he hosts the show’s famous live tour next year.

The Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour will be taking to the road again with 30 arena performances across the country from January.

Oduba, who delighted show fans last year with his emotional highs and memorable jive with partner Joanne Clifton, will lead the show along with many stars from the current series.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016
Oduba could barely contain himself when he lifted that Glitter Ball trophy (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

He will be joined by judges Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, with even more guest stars yet to be announced.

Oduba said: “Winning Strictly was the most unforgettable experience and a dream come true.

“I’m so thrilled that I get to keep that dream alive and take part in the Strictly live tour once again, this time as host.

“This show and its fans will always hold a special place in my heart so I can’t wait to travel the UK again and meet the fantastic audiences that make Strictly the phenomenon we know and love.”

Meanwhile, Revel Horwood, also directing the show, promised: “I have lots of new surprises up my sleeve – next year is going to be bigger and better than ever before.

Craig Revel Horwood. Picture cannot wait to get back on the road
Craig Revel Horwood (Ian West/PA)

“With Ore as host and a new judging panel too, this tour will be just fabulous!”

Tickets will go on sale from 8am on Friday, with pre-sale entries available from Wednesday, before the big one-month event kicks off at the Birmingham Arena on January 19.

It will then visit venues including Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham and Wembley, finishing in London’s O2 Arena on February 11.

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