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‘Strictly Come Dancing' Winner Ore Oduba ‘Sparks Bidding War Between The BBC And ITV’

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19/12/2016 07:51 GMT | Updated 19/12/2016 11:19 GMT

Ore Oduba’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ win has put him at the centre of a bidding war between the BBC and ITV, according to reports.

The sports presenter is hot property thanks to his victory on the show, and it’s now being claimed that ITV could be about to try and poach him, as they did Susanna Reid.

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Ore and his pro partner Joanne Clifton

Ore currently presents the sport on BBC Breakfast, and made his ‘The One Show’ debut during ‘Strictly’.

However, in that time he also stood in for Philip Schofield on ‘This Morning’, and it’s now been reported that the BBC fears he could defect to their rival.

A source tells The Sun: “It’s clear Ore’s a rising star and he’s now a household name because of Strictly.

“He was given his ‘One Show’ presenting debut during Strictly in a really tricky episode where he had to interview Sir Cliff Richard, but passed the test with flying colours.

“There’s a sense of urgency to get him presenting some other programmes and have him based in London now after he won plaudits from his spot on ‘This Morning’.

“And because he’s a black presenter, the BBC has another incentive to give him more prominence within the channel due to their push for diversity.

“They’ll schedule a meeting for after Christmas and try to nail him down with an exclusive deal that could see him be one of their top talents and earn up to £500,000.”

Ore was understandably delighted when he triumphed over favourite Danny Mac in Saturday’s ‘Strictly’ final.

It wasn’t all about him though, and the episode also marked Len Goodman’s last ever live show, and the head judge was given an emotional send-off.

The ‘Strictly’ Class of 2016 also all returned - bar Will Young - for one last group dance.

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