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Melvin Odoom

Melvin is jumping into 2017 with both feet firmly on the ground after finishing 2016 on a high hosting Robbie Williams rocks Big Ben live for BBC1. Melvin also celebrated Christmas by winning Strictly’s Christmas Special by dancing Charleston to a song from Elf the movie! After competing in Strictly Come Dancing for 2016 he was delighted to return for the Christmas Special.

Melvin continues to host the award-winning KISS Breakfast Show alongside Rickie Haywood-Williams. Their on-air chemistry and entertaining mockery is a hit with the KISS audience. They won Silver at The Sony Radio Awards in 2009 and Gold in 2012 within the most prestigious category, The Breakfast Show Award.

2016 saw the presenting duo host The Brits red carpet and After Party again for ITV2 having presented it in February 2015. 2016 was also the year that ITV1 gave them their first primetime show ‘Bang on the Money’ a gameshow that saw contestants compete with friends and family to win money. In the Autumn they hosted the Mobo Awards live for ITV2 & ITV1 and continue to host Hotdesk for ITV2.

2015 Melvin hosted The Xtra Factor alongside Rochelle Humes for ITV2 whilst continuing to Captain the comedy panel show for BBC3’s Sweat the Small Stuff. (4 series from 2013-2015)

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Earlier work:

In July 2011 Rickie & Melvin hosted Pop Up Pop Quiz across 4Music and T4 on Channel 4.

Both are known for their work on MTV Digs broadcast on MTV One, Monday to Saturday and MTV Music Junkie — a live studio music show. 

In 2010, Rickie & Melvin also presented the backstage online footage for Sky 1′s Must Be The Music.

Melvin has always had a passion for new music and presented a show for Channel 4/4Music called Intros. Early mornings are not alien to Melvin — as a staple for the CBBC audience, Melvin was presenting Swap Shop with Basil Brush in 2008 on Saturday mornings, alongside his days of playing various characters for the long running and BAFTA award winning Dick and Dom in the Bungalow. In fact, CBBC’s spin off show Slammer, which also won a BAFTA in 2007, would not have been complete without Melvin’s theatrical talents as a desperate inmate trying to escape.

Melvin studied media and drama at A-Level and gained a Media Performance and Radio degree from university, where he met comrade Rickie.

A child actor, Melvin performed in a number of theatre productions and even gave speeches to governors for youth council. 

Both Rickie & Melvin have featured in the Noel Clarke film Storage 24 and Sony Pictures Battle Of The Year (3D) starring Josh Holloway and Chris Brown.

They are now Prince’s Trust Ambassadors which they are very proud to be involved with helping young adults in life.

Rickie and Melvin work very closely with Rays of Sunshine a charity who grants wishes for children with serious or life-limiting illnesses between the ages of 3-18, across the United Kingdom. In 2012 Melvin hosted a concert for Rays or Sunshine at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Rochelle of The Saturdays. 

Melvin also ran the London Marathon in 2012 for Team PB The Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer Charity. He ran with the Olympic Flame in Hackney East London and Rickie and Melvin were also lucky to host Women’s Basketball for The London 2012 Olympics. 

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30/09/16 Telly Mix Strictly Come Dancing’s Melvin Odoom getting tips from Lady Gaga Read Article
27/09/16 Heat Melvin’s Strictly Album Article
23/09/16 Entertainment Focus Strictly Come Dancing 2016: meet Melvin Odoom Read Article
22/09/16 Metro Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Here’s what everybody will be dancing to in the first week of the show Read Article
20/09/16 Closer ‘Lady Gaga told me to be like a ninja on strictly’ Article
20/09/16 New! ‘Jake Wood has been giving me advice’ Article
20/09/16 OK! Melvin Odoom on his partner and making his mum proud Article
20/09/16 Radio Times Melvin Odoom Interview Article
15/09/16 TellyMix Melvin Odoom gets Strictly Come Dancing tips from Caroline Flack Read Article
14/09/16 Hello! Exclusive: Strictly Come Dancing star Melvin Odoom on his dance partner and fellow contestants Read Article
13/09/16 Total TV Guide The Fantastic 15 Article
12/09/16 TV Times Fit to Foxtrot Article
12/09/16 OK! Kissing hello to Strictly Article
12/09/16 Now! The Big Interview Article
12/09/16 New! Strictly Exclusive Article
12/09/16 Daily Mirror Let’s Get Ready To Rumba Article 1, Article 2
12/09/16 Now! Strictly’s Melvin Odoom: ‘I hope I get my top off on the show!’ Read more at http://www.celebsnow.co Read Article
12/09/16 Now Magazine When The X Factor Doors Closed, The Strictly One Opened Article
12/09/16 OK! Melvin on his Strictly Partner Article
01/09/16 BBC Kiss FM DJ Melvin joins Strictly Come Dancing Read Article
01/09/16 Evening Standard Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Xtra Factor star Melvin Odoom confirmed Read Article
01/09/16 Huffington Post ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ 2016 Line-Up: Melvin Odoom And Ore Oduba Confirmed As Contestants Read Article
01/09/16 Daily Star ‘The sequins clinched it’ Melvin Odoom is fifth celeb announced for Strictly Come Dancing Read Article
01/09/16 Digital Spy Melvin Odoom announced for Strictly Come Dancing Read Article
01/09/16 Metro Strictly Come Dancing 2016 line-up: Kiss FM DJ and former Xtra Factor host Melvin Odoom confirmed Read Article
01/09/16 Mail Online ‘I need sparkle in my life!’ Former Xtra Factor presenter Melvin Odoom is confirmed as fifth celebri Read Article
01/09/16 OK! Online Melvin Odoom confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2016: ‘I need sparkle in my life!’ Read Article
01/09/16 Express.co.uk Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Kiss FM DJ Melvin Odoom CONFIRMED for line-up Read Article
01/09/16 The Mirror Strictly Come Dancing announces Kiss FM DJ Melvin Odoom as the fifth celebrity joining the BBC show Read Article
01/09/16 The Telegraph Kiss FM Melvin Odoom confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Read Article
25/08/16 The Mirror Strictly Come Dancing stars sparkle as BBC bosses tease first official pictures Read Article
25/08/16 The Guardian Strictly Come Dancing 2016: full lineup revealed Read Article
25/08/16 The Sun Who is Melvin Odoom? Meet the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing contestant Read Article
18/04/16 Heat The Heat Interview Article 1, Article 2
05/04/16 New! Rickie Is Like My Brother Article
26/02/16 Metro Tech Won’t Kill The Radio Star Article
22/02/16 Daily Mirror Game on for Melv and Rick Article
16/11/15 Digital Spy Melvin Odoom’s X Factor column: ‘Last week’s elimination was a wake-up call, and it’s making the act Read Article
30/10/15 Digital Spy Melvin Odoom’s X Factor column: ‘Mason Noise has had some time to reflect’ Read Article
30/10/15 Reveal Online Xtra Factor’s Melvin Odoom: ‘My dating disasters!’ Read Article
27/10/15 Reveal I’d settle for a wifey half as nice as Rochelle Article
20/10/15 Now Magazine Xtra Factor couldn’t afford Rochelle and Rickie Article
13/10/15 Closer Melvin: ‘Carol Vorderman is my lady crush!’ Article
07/09/15 OK! Magazine Melvin and Rochelle Article
07/09/15 OK! Magazine Xtra Factor Hosts Article
07/09/15 Closer Xtra Factor Interview Article
07/09/15 Star Magazine Having a Laugh for a Living Article
07/09/15 Woman Magazine Xtra Factor Article
07/09/15 Heat Magazine Fill in the Blanks Article
01/09/15 Digital Spy Could this be the naughtiest X Factor yet? Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom think so… Read Article
01/09/15 Whats On TV The All New X Factor Article
01/09/15 The Sun Roch’s Hubby Rivalry Article
01/09/15 Radio Times TV CV - Melvin Odoom Article
01/09/15 Heat Sunday Listings Article
01/09/15 Female First Xtra Factor to be shown in the US Read Article
01/09/15 The Sun Online X Factor spin-off picked up by US TV Read Article
01/09/15 Mail On Sunday - Event Magazine The TV Pages Article
01/09/15 Digital Spy The Xtra Factor is going to be shown in the US for the first time Read Article
01/09/15 Metro X Factor 2015: ITV confirms start date of the show’s 12th series Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2015 Read Article
21/07/15 Music Week Tastemaker Article
19/06/15 Metro Why Melvin Odoom is going to be a better Xtra Factor presenter than you think Read Article