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Melvin Odoom (born 30 July 1980) is a Ghanaian comedian, radio DJ and television presenter.

Melvin Odoom
Melvin Odoom

(1980-07-30) 30 July 1980 (age 39)[citation needed]
AgentSomethin' Else Talent
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
TelevisionDick and Dom in Da Bungalow (2002–06)
The Slammer (2006–2015)
Sweat the Small Stuff (2013–15)
The Xtra Factor (2015)
Bang on the Money (2016)
Strictly Come Dancing (2016)



He attended University of Bedfordshire and studied a Media Performance degree[1][2]. It was at Luton that Melvin met and lived with Rickie. It was here that he also met actor and BBC voiceover artist Nii Odartei Evans.



Odoom, alongside Rickie Haywood-Williams and Charlie Hedges, hosted Kiss Breakfast every weekday morning 6 - 9 am, followed by Kiss Morning Anthems until 10 am on Kiss 100. They won Silver at the Sony Radio Awards in 2009 within the category of "Breakfast Show Award", and was consistently known as the UK's biggest commercial breakfast show with 2 million listeners per week.

From April, 2019 the trio moved to BBC Radio 1 to present late nights from 9:02-11pm on Mon-Thur.

Haywood-Williams and Odoom are currently presenting the UKHot40 Big Beats Chart on Kiss TV & Box TV.


Odoom and Rickie Haywood-Williams have presented MTV Digs on MTV One, Monday to Saturday between 4 and 7 pm and MTV Music Junkie together — a live studio music show. Odoom presented MTV One's coverage of the BRIT Awards 2010 alongside Haywood-Williams, and also presented coverage of the BAFTA awards alongside Kimberly Walsh for MTV One.

In 2010, Odoom and Haywood-Williams also presented the backstage online content for Sky1's Must Be the Music.

Odoom has presented two series of intros for Channel 4, interviewing all the new up and coming bands for 2010 and hosted an MTV Leona Lewis special and presented BBC Blast for BBC Two. Odoom was presenting Basil's Swap Shop with Basil Brush in 2008 on Saturday mornings, alongside his days of playing various characters for the long-running show Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow.

From 2013 until 2015, Odoom was a team captain on the BBC Three comedy panel show Sweat the Small Stuff. In 2014, Melvin and Rickie presented an episode of The Hot Desk featuring Mark Ronson. Since 2015, Odoom and Rickie co-hosted ITV2's red carpet show at the BRIT Awards alongside Laura Whitmore.

On 18 June 2015, Odoom and Rochelle Humes were confirmed as the new presenters of The Xtra Factor.[3][4] They were replaced by Matt Edmondson and former The X Factor contestant Rylan Clark-Neal for the 2016 series.

Odoom and Rickie co-presented the Saturday night entertainment series Bang on the Money. The series began on 16 April 2016 on ITV.[5]

On 12 August 2016, it was announced that Odoom would take part in the fourteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. He was partnered with Janette Manrara. The couple were the first to leave the competition having had the fewest public votes. But in an ironic twist of events Melvin and Janette went on to win the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special. In February 2017, Odoom took part in a celebrity edition of Take Me Out.

In 2017, Odoom and Haywood-Williams took part in Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief.[6]

Since 2017, Odoom has hosted the Channel 4 programme Lego Masters, where teams battle to build the best Lego creations.

Other workEdit

Melvin used to teach dance and drama to kids with behavioural issues and also worked at the Froud Community Centre in Manor Park, Newham where he helped with afterschool clubs.

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

Personal lifeEdit

He is a celebrity ambassador for The Prince's Trust charity, which is involved with helping young adults in life. He is also the brother of actress & writer Yonah Odoom.


Year Title Role Channel Notes
2002–2006 Dick and Dom In Da Bungalow Himself CBBC 226 episodes
2006–2015 The Slammer Melvin Supporting cast; 85 episodes
2007 Gina's Laughing Gear Policeman 1 episode
2008 SMart Guest presenter 1 episode
Basil's Swap Shop Himself 13 episodes
4Music Intros Presenter 4Music 6 episodes
2009 Da Dick and Dom Dairies Himself CBBC 20 episodes
The Legend of Dick and Dom Moonbeam 1 episode
2010 Must Be the Music Online presenter Sky 1
2012 Diddy Movies Diddy Brad CBBC 1 episode
2013–2015 Sweat the Small Stuff Team captain BBC Three
2014 The Hot Desk: Mark Ronson Co-presenter ITV2 Alongside Rickie Haywood Williams
2015–2016 The BRITs Backstage Co-presenter Alongside Laura Whitmore and Rickie Haywood Williams
2015 Celebrity Squares Himself ITV 1 episode
The Xtra Factor Co-presenter ITV2 Alongside Rochelle Humes[7]
2016 Bang on the Money Co-presenter ITV Alongside Rickie Haywood Williams
Up Late with Rylan Guest Channel 5
Strictly Come Dancing Participant BBC One Partnered with Janette Manrara
CBBC Official Chart Show Guest CBBC 1 episode
MOBO Awards 2016 Co-host ITV2 Alongside Rickie Haywood Williams
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special Participant/Winner BBC One Partnered with Janette Manrara
New Year's Eve Fireworks Presenter
2017 Take Me Out: Celebrity Special Himself ITV
Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief Participant BBC One Alongside Rickie Haywood Williams
Marrying Mum and Dad[8] Guest CBBC
Masters of Lego[9] Presenter Channel 4
My Hotter Half[10] Presenter E4
2018 Japandemonium[11] Narrator ITV
Year Title Role Notes
2009 My Last Five Girlfriends Agent 2
2013 Battle of the Year Himself


  1. ^ "University of Bedfordshire". The Complete University Guide. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Upclose with Melvin". Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  3. ^ Wightman, Catriona (18 June 2015). "The Xtra Factor: Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom confirmed as new hosts". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom to host The Xtra Factor". ITV Press Centre. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  5. ^ "ITV commission high octane weekend entertainment game show, Bang on the Money". Flavourmag. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  6. ^ "First look at Mel and Sue as hosts of brand new Let's Sing And Dance For Comic Relief on BBC One". BBC Media Centre. 23 February 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  7. ^ Shahid, Sharnaz (18 June 2015). "Rochelle Humes joins forces with Melvin Odoom to present The Xtra Factor". Daily Mail Online. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  8. ^ Naomi Wilkinson [@Naomi_Wilkinson] (11 March 2017). "Another crazy wedding complete. Massive thanks to @Melvinodoom and @UnionJworld for making it ROCK! 🤘@cbbc…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Channel 4 launches contest to find most talented LEGO builders". Channel 4. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  10. ^ Alessi, Sara (1 August 2017). "E4 Goes for Naked Entertainment's My Hotter Half". Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  11. ^ "ITV commissions new entertainment show, Japandemonium". 13 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2018.

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