Motsi Mabuse reveals strict plans for the future following the departure of her sister Oti

Motsi Mabuse said she was “sad” that her older sister Oti would not be a professional dancer on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing but revealed she would stay on the judges for as long as they wanted.

South African-born dancers have appeared together on BBC dance competition for many years but in February Oti, 32, announced she would be leaving the show after seven years.

Speaking to Prima magazine, 41-year-old Mabuse, who joined the show’s jury in 2019, insists she has no plans to leave the show anytime soon.


Oti Mabuse announced earlier this year that she would be leaving Strict (Isabel Infantes/PA)

She said: “I would be very sad not to see her on this year’s Serious show.

“I will always worry about my sister, but I have to respect her decision and let her go. She has proven that she can not only protect herself and elevate herself to the next level.

“Meanwhile, I’ll keep flying the Mabuse flag on Strict for as long as they want me to.”

Oti, who won the show in 2019 with soap star Kelvin Fletcher and in 2020 with comedian Bill Bailey, has sparked speculation about her future with Strictly after appearing with as a judge on the latest ITV series Dancing On Ice.


Motsi Mabuse (Prima UK / Dan Kennedy / PA)

But Mabuse will return to screens when the new series premieres on September 17 with chief judge Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke becoming a regular on the jury following Bruno Tonioli’s departure.

The female judge revealed she had a double life when the show started as she paced back and forth between her home in Germany and the Strictly ballroom in the UK.

“From Monday to Friday, I live a completely different life,” she explains. I live in the forest; I take my child to the playgroup in my pajamas; I exercise, sleep – and no one cares about me!

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“Then on Fridays and Saturdays I unravel it, before going back to my ‘real’ life.”

Mabuse grew up in a dance environment, with her mother – when she was about six years old – starting training classes for women in their hometown of South Africa and later establishing a dance school for children.

She revealed that even though her father wanted her to be in a class like him, she has begun to devote all her spare time to dancing.


Motsi Mabuse (Prima UK / Dan Kennedy / PA)

“I love the freedom it gives me and being able to express myself through my body,” she explains.

Mabuse went on to appear on Let’s Dance, the German version of the serious series from the US, initially as a professional dancer but later as a judge on the show.

She also evaluated several other dance shows before taking over from Dame Darcey Bussell in the serious rating coming to Dancing.

Despite her success, Mabuse admitted that she would discourage her daughter from entering the show business.

She said: “I don’t want my daughter to follow in my dancing footsteps! I wanted to keep her away from all that.

“Obviously I want her to be proud of what I’ve done, but if she says she wants to get into the show business, I’ll probably lock her up!”

Seriously Come Dancing launches on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on September 17.

Read the full interview in the October issue of Prima, which goes on sale September 8. Motsi Mabuse reveals strict plans for the future following the departure of her sister Oti

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