Motsi Mabuse is revealed as the new Strictly Come Dancing judge...
The brand new Strictly Come Dancing judge has been revealed, and it is none other than Motsi Mabuse - the elder sister of Strictly professional dancer, Oti.
Strictly Come Dancing fans have been wondering who would be replacing Dame Darcey Bussell ever since she announced her departure from the show's judging panel earlier in the year.
Unsurprisingly, South African born Motsi is no stranger to the dance floor, having been crowned German Latin Champion and a South African Champion in the past.
She is also no stranger to a judging panel, having appeared on Let's Dance, the German version of Strictly Come Dancing as a judge since 2011.
Motsi said of the news: "I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly panel. I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can't wait to get started!"
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said of the new signing: "Motsi is a brilliant addition to the show. She is a wonderful dancer in her own right and already has years of experience as a judge under her belt. We're all looking forward to welcoming her to the Strictly family."
Sarah James, Executive Producer of Strictly says: "I am incredibly excited that Motsi is joining the show. Motsi's warmth, energy and passion for dance makes her the perfect addition to our esteemed judging panel."
Motsi will be joining current judges Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Toniolo and Shirley Ballas on the judging panel later this year.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One for its 17th series this autumn.
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