Strictly Oti Mabuse quits after becoming ‘a bigger star than famous contestants’

Professional dancer Oti Mabuse will no longer star in serious drama, she told fans this week

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Oti Mabuse shocked fans of Seriously Coming to Dancing when she announced she would be leaving the dance show after 7 years.

The professional dancer, 31, shared that she decided to abandon the series with a message shared on Instagram on Tuesday.

South African artist Oti explained that she will always cherish her time on the show but she will be leaving the series to pursue other projects.

And now, a phone source has claimed that fan favorite Oti has been “tempted away from Beeb by the prospect of becoming a bigger star.”

They also added that Oti – a two-time Glitterball winner – is becoming a bigger name than famous faces. BBC was able to attract to participate in the contest.

A TV insider said: “While BBC bosses are obviously saddened to see Oti leave, it really solves the growing problem of finding influential celebrities. can match her attractiveness.

Oti Mabuse will leave serious when it comes to dancing

The professional dancer announced her departure from the show on Instagram

“While it’s great to have someone like her add so much charm and fun, it’s also creating a tough new challenge for producers,” the source said. Sun.

“Her growing profile saw rivals knock on her door and she was tempted away from Beeb by the prospect of becoming a bigger star.”

Oti said she will never forget her memories from her time on Strictly when she said she was leaving the show.

“It’s never easy to say goodbye I’ve been a part of the greatest TV show, Seriously come to dance for the past seven years and it’s been an incredible time. Lift the glitter ball twice and have the most amazing journey with all my celebs, but also meet and work with the team, crew, producers, celebs and dancers The most amazing professional! “, she wrote.

Bombshell added: “You guys are my family and I adore you all forever. Thank you @sarahjamesface @jack.will.g and @jasongilkison for truly believing in me.”

Oti won the contest with Kelvin Fletcher in 2019


BBC / Guy Levy)

She also took home the trophy with Bill Bailey in 2020


BBC / Keiron McCarron)

Sharing how grateful she is for the series, she added: “I am truly grateful to the BBC and will always remember that Seriously and the BBC brought me to the UK – which I now call home and I have learned and grown a lot – Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

“I can’t put into words how difficult this decision has been, but I’ve decided not to come back for the next series.

“Dance will forever be my first love and to everyone, especially my family, friends, serious fans and judges who have supported me throughout my rigorous journey. mine, thank you for being awesome! You are irreplaceable in my heart and make every day unforgettable! I love you.”

She concluded the post: “I will always keep Keeeep Dancing! And I will never forget my amazing Seriously experience! Lots of Oti xxx love.”

Attractive Oti illustrated the post with some of her moments on the show along with all the famous faces she has collaborated with since joining the series.

Oti starred on Serious for 7 Years

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Snaps showed her with Ugo Monye, ​​Anthony Ogogo, Danny Mac, Jonnie Peacock, Graeme Swann, Kelvin Fletcher and Bill Bailey.

After Oti’s Instagram post, Sarah James, Executive Producer of Serious Come Dance said: “Oti has been a really great part of Serious for the past seven years.

“Her energy, creativity and talent have contributed to many of the show’s most memorable moments and she will be sorely missed, not only by the viewers but the entire team.

“She leaves a dazzling legacy as the only professional dancer to win the Glitterball Trophy two years in a row.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Oti and what she’s achieved on the show. She will always be the heart of our Strict family and we wish her every success in her inherent future. her bright.”

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