Ore Oduba knew Joanne Clifton was quitting Strictly Come Dancing
22 June 2017 - 12:00 PM

Ore Oduba knew Joanne Clifton was quitting Strictly Come Dancing

Ore Oduba has known "for a while" that Joanne Clifton was going to quit "Strictly Come Dancing".

The 31-year-old sports presenter won the ballroom and latin show with the professional dancer last year and the pair have remained in contact ever since, so it's hardly surprising that the blonde beauty confided in him when she was toying with the idea of walking away from the programme.

Speaking on "Good Morning Britain" on Thursday (22.06.17), he said: "I've known about this for a while. Here is a girl who has achieved such great things in everything she's done; she was world ballroom champion, she won the "Strictly" glitterball trophy and now she is embarking on a new adventure. She is going to be in the West End! She is going to be absolutely smashing it night after night on stage and we are all so proud of her. What she has done is so brave, jumping off a great show like "Strictly" into this new world. We are wishing her all the best."

Joanne - the sister of fellow professional Kevin Clifton - announced she was leaving the programme after just one series on Wednesday (21.06.17) to explore other things.

But she wasn't the only one to quit as Ukrainian ballroom and latin dancer Oksana Platero has also left the show, with Natalie Lowe having already confirmed her departure from "Strictly"

Natalie Lowe regrets leaving Strictly Come Dancing

22 June 2017 - 12:00 PM

Natalie Lowe regrets leaving Strictly Come Dancing

The trio of female professionals are being replaced by Dianne Buswell, from Australia, Nadiya Bychkova, from Ukraine and Amy Dowden, from Wales.

Nadiya - who is a two-time World Champion and European Champion in Ballroom and Latin "10" Dance - previously competed on the Bosnian version of "Strictly" and she is looking forward to impressing the UK fans.

Joanne Clifton leaves Strictly Come Dancing

22 June 2017 - 12:00 PM

Joanne Clifton leaves Strictly Come Dancing

She said: "I'm extremely happy to be joining the "Strictly Come Dancing" family this year.

"One of my biggest dreams is to be part of this great show and I can't wait to get started."

Dianne, who previously appeared on "Dancing with the Stars Australia", revealed she is excited by the opportunity to demonstrate her talents on the BBC show.

She shared: "What an honour it is to be a part of "Strictly Come Dancing".

"Words can't describe how excited I am to take on this amazing challenge and give it my everything."

And Amy, the current British National Champion, is similarly enthusiastic about the prospect.

She said: "Becoming a professional dancer on "Strictly Come Dancing"

has made my wildest dreams come true, it does not feel real.

"I have always been proud of my Welsh roots and feel so honoured to be the first Welsh professional dancer on the most loved show on TV."

Doctor Who boss slams critics of Jodie Whittaker's casting
24 July 2017

Doctor Who boss slams critics of Jodie Whittaker's casting

Doctor Who boss slams critics of Jodie Whittaker's casting
Montana Brown: We were encouraged to be b****y
24 July 2017

Montana Brown: We were encouraged to be b****y

Montana Brown: We were encouraged to be b****y
Mark Gatiss to play The Captain in Doctor Who Christmas special
23 July 2017

Mark Gatiss to play The Captain in Doctor Who Christmas special

Mark Gatiss to play The Captain in Doctor Who Christmas special
Dan Osborne's dad feared confrontation
23 July 2017

Dan Osborne's dad feared confrontation

Dan Osborne's dad feared confrontation
Louise Thompson praises Binky Felstead and Josh 'JP' Patterson's parenting skills
23 July 2017

Louise Thompson praises Binky Felstead and Josh 'JP' Patterson's parenting skills

Louise Thompson praises Binky Felstead and Josh 'JP' Patterson's parenting skills
Mel and Sue to host Generation Game revival
23 July 2017

Mel and Sue to host Generation Game revival

Mel and Sue to host Generation Game revival
Mike Thalassitis snuck Viagra into Love Island villa
23 July 2017

Mike Thalassitis snuck Viagra into Love Island villa

Mike Thalassitis snuck Viagra into Love Island villa
Levi Roots says Dragon's Den has made business 'cool'
23 July 2017

Levi Roots says Dragon's Den has made business 'cool'

Levi Roots says Dragon's Den has made business 'cool'
Love Island to tour UK in spin-off show
22 July 2017

Love Island to tour UK in spin-off show

Love Island to tour UK in spin-off show
Ferne McCann to front reality show?
22 July 2017

Ferne McCann to front reality show?

Ferne McCann to front reality show?
Nick Moran's not allowed to do Celebrity MasterChef again
22 July 2017

Nick Moran's not allowed to do Celebrity MasterChef again

Nick Moran's not allowed to do Celebrity MasterChef again
Britain's Got Talent pooch Pudsey has died
22 July 2017

Britain's Got Talent pooch Pudsey has died

Britain's Got Talent pooch Pudsey has died
Most viewed