Strictly champ Ore Oduba pulls off suspenders and heels ahead of Rocky Horror Show in Blackpool

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The TV presenter and Strictly Come dancing winner is relishing his time as Bard Majors in the Rocky Horror Show UK tour

 

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TV Presenter and actor Ore Oduba showed us all that he could really dance when he was crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion in 2016 alongside his professional partner Joanne Clifton.

And now he has revealed another on his ever-growing list of talents – effortlessly pulling off a pair of suspenders, fishnet stockings and heels.

During a break in performing as the [apparent] squeaky-clean Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show at the Opera House, Ore has returned to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, where he famously danced the Viennese Waltz to Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life on his way to lifting the glitterball.

Except this time, he’s wearing far more revealing clothing.

“Blackpool holds such special memories for me – performing here at the Tower Ballroom was a real highlight of my time on Strictly” said Ore, who is excited to be back in the seaside town to star in the UK tour of Richard O’Brien’s risque, hilarious and wild musical.

“I’m so excited to be performing again at the Blackpool Opera House – the audiences here are incredible and always up for a party”.

Ore has been embracing having to wear the racy on-stage outfits and says transforming into Brad has helped him release his own inhibitions.

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The former CBBC presenter said: “I think there’s a lot of Brad in me and in a lot of people.

“It’s the idea of being kind of caged animals, because we all have a lot of reservations and inhibitions and things we hold back. We’re just waiting to be unleashed.”

Ore is also enjoying utilising the dance skills he picked up during his time on Strictly with the musical numbers on Rocky Horror, which include the famous Tim Warp, Damn It, Janet and Sweet Transvestite.

The London-born star has also taken up tap dancing since winning the BBC show.

“I took up tap dancing….every time I get to do something involving choreography it gets me as excited as I was when I did Strictly. I love it.”

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Ore, who grew up performing on stage, is delighted to be asked to feature in the smash-hit musical, which has been wowing audiences for 40 years.

But what is the secret to the show’s longevity?

“It’s pure escapism,” added Ore.

“You leave your troubles at the door and you’re taken into a world that’s nothing like the real one. In addition to iconic music and brilliant dance numbers, it’s just such a feel-good show.”

The Rocky Horror Show, which also stars West End performers Haley Flaherty as Janet and Stephen Webb as Frank-N-Furter, at Blackpool’s Opera House until Saturday, December 11, with limited tickets still available from £17.50.