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Ore Oduba Singin’ In The Rain – and dancing – for Children In Need

He’s going to have to face two challenges while performing the popular routine.

Ore Oduba will return to the stage for a special Children In Need performance, but this time the Strictly Come Dancing star will have to tackle dancing and singing at the same time.

The TV presenter, who won the BBC dancing programme in 2016, will perform a rendition of Gene Kelly’s Singin’ In The Rain during the charity’s live telethon on Friday November 17.

Oduba impressed the late film star’s widow Patricia Ward Kelly when he and his dance partner Joanne Clifton danced an American Smooth to the classic musical hit last year.

The sports presenter revealed his part in the fundraising TV event on Steve Wright’s BBC Radio 2 programme.

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Ore Oduba

Oduba said: “I can’t wait to take the stage again, this time for BBC Children In Need.

“Strictly ignited a real passion for performing and I haven’t taken my dancing shoes off since. We want to put on a show and get the audience on their feet.”

Oduba, 31, will join other stars taking to the stage for the charity’s Do Your Thing campaign, which encourages people to come up with inventive ways to raise money for the cause, which supports disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

He added: “Thank you Children In Need for letting me ‘Do My Thing’ all over again. Hopefully it’ll help inspire our fabulous Radio 2 listeners and everyone at home to get fundraising in their own way too.”

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood will also take to the stage for the telethon along with the cast of musical Annie, as well as Dreamgirls star Amber Riley, Beverley Knight from The Bodyguard and Cassidy Janson from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

This year’s appeal show will be hosted by Graham Norton, Tess Daly, Mel Giedroyc, Ade Adepitan and Rochelle and Marvin Humes, and will include plenty of entertaining segments in order to raise as much money as possible.

BBC Children In Need’s vision is to ensure that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.

The charity is currently supporting over 2,500 projects across the country in order to help young people facing a range of disadvantages, such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.

Since its inception over 30 years ago, BBC Children In Need has raised more than £909 million.

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