South Africa's ballroom champ Motsi Mabuse to judge on the UK's Strictly

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 23 Jul 2019
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And Motsi Mabuse gets a score of .... 10! - for landing a hotshot-spot on the TV scene. 

The South African ballroom dancer has been named as the newest judge on the UK's celebrity dance show Strictly Come Dancing, the world's most auspicious version of the format because it's where it began.

The BBC has announced that Motsi will replace retired ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell on the panel, joining signature judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas.

Motsi's sister Oti has been dancing on the series for four seasons so they'll be in each other's orbit if Oti dances in the same season.

This has already caused waves amongst UK viewers with some saying it will be unfair for family to judge family (a topic for another day perhaps).

Both Motsi and Oti have also appeared on the German version of the format Let's Dance. Oti's danced on two seasons, Motsi's been a dancer on one and judged since 2011, including Oti's two seasons.

The sisters have a close relationship with Germany because they've both lived there and won German championships - Motsi's also written a book about her life there.

Motsi grew up in Pretoria with Oti, went to university, developed her talent for winning championships and then moved overseas to pursue her dancing career.

She'll judge on the 17th season of Strictly which airs in spring this year.

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