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Strictly winner Ore Oduba quicksteps to '£500,000 payday'

TV bosses fear BBC Breakfast sports presenter Ore Oduba might defect to ITV like former Strictly competitor Susanna Reid.

The BBC and ITV are reportedly locked in a £500,000 bidding war over newly crowned Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba.

Ore and his professional dance partner Joanne Clifton beat favourite, former Hollyoaks star Danny Mac, and former Eternal singer Louise Redknapp on Saturday night's show. Outgoing head judge Len Goodman hailed his lack of dance experience as “the spirit of Strictly.”

Now he has reportedly sparked a £500,000 bidding war between the BBC and ITV, and bosses have scheduled a sit down with the sports reporter in a desperate bid to stop him from leaving. BBC bosses are reportedly panicking after Ore stood in for Phillip Schofield on ITV’s This Morning last month (Nov16), and according to The Sun newspaper, the 30-year-old could be offered the Friday presenting slot on The One Show.

“It’s clear Ore’s a rising star and he’s now a household name because of Strictly, " a source told the news outlet. “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.”

TV execs fear the BBC Breakfast sports presenter could go the same way as Susanna Reid, a former Strictly competitor herself, who left the broadcaster and joined ITV’s Good Morning Britain after finishing runner-up in the 2013 show.

The BBC is reportedly keen to sign Ore to an exclusive deal which insiders speculate will be similar to one signed by The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain in October to stop her going to Channel 4.

“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," the source added.

Ore and his professional partner Joanne were the outsiders going into the final.

“It doesn’t make any sense to us right now," an emotional Ore said after his name was announced. “We did not even consider this, not for a single week.”

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