Strictly’s Melvin Odoom credits show for bringing family back together ‘They didn’t talk’

Strictly Come Dancing: Melvin Odoom calls Kelvin Fletcher 'sexy'

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Strictly Come Dancing has seen plenty of stars over the years as celebrities took to the iconic dance floor. However, presenter Melvin Odoom has admitted the series was more than just a show to him in an emotional interview.

The radio DJ was partnered with Jannette Manrara in the 14th series of the show.

In a new chat, Melvin has emotionally opened up about how important Strictly was to him.

He said: “Strictly was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had because the show brought my family together.

“Before I did the show, my mum and dad didn’t talk; they had divorced years before.

“I was asked by a TV researcher on Strictly to shoot a video at my house with a big family barbecue.

“I was hoping it wouldn’t be awkward.

“I went to rehearsals with Janette and when I came home, my mum and dad had cleaned up the house together.”

Melvin then added to the Radio Times: “It was the best day.

“It was so good that the cameraman and the production staff stayed for the barbecue after and ate all the jollof rice and chicken my mum had made.

“From that day, my mum and dad have become really good friends. And I owe it all to Strictly.”

Melvin took part in Strictly back in 2016 when he was partnered with Janette.

The couple were first to leave the competition after they received the lowest public votes.

However, Melvin made a comeback in the Christmas special of the show, which he won with Janette later that year.

The latest series of Strictly kicked off over the weekend as the new couples took to the dance floor.

Among those making an impression were stars like Dan Walker and Ugo Monye.

Topping the leaderboard on Saturday night was AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington who performed the Jive.

Adam Peaty and his partner Katya Jones also impressed, coming in joint second with John Whaite and Johannes Radebe.

At the bottom of the leaderboard were Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec who scored just 17 points.

This Saturday will see the first couple ousted from the competition as the public vote opens.

This week’s Radio Times is available to buy now.

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