Strictly champ Ore to host 2018 arena tour

Reigning Strictly Come Dancing champion Ore Oduba will host the 2018 live tour of the popular TV dance show.

Judges for the 30-date tour in January and February will be Craig Revel Horwood, who also directs the live show for the eighth year, and Bruno Tonioli.

They will be joined by celebrities and professional dancers from the 15th series.

Oduba (pictured) 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.”

Before Strictly Come Dancing, Oduba was best known as a current news and sports presenter, working on BBC Sport.

He co-presented this year’s One Love Manchester proceedings on BBC One, and worked on the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and the recent World Athletics Championships.

Revel Horwood commented: “Next year is going to be bigger and better than ever before.”

The tour starts at Birmingham Arena on January 19, then moves to Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow and Nottingham.

There will be two nights at SSE Arena Wembley, London (February 8-9) then two at The O2, London (February 10-11).