The new Strictly Come Dancing judge has FINALLY been revealed
And BBC bosses has kept things in the family by choosing the sister of dancing professional Oti Mabuse – Motsi Mabuse, who has previously worked as a judge on the German version of the show.
With Dame Darcey Bussell announcing her departure from the show back in April after seven years, the telly circuit has been on tenterhooks waiting for an official announcement about her replacement.
And the candidate is sure to raise a few eyebrows as Motsi will be scoring her own sister Oti and whoever she gets coupled up with in the upcoming series, expected to air in September, and according to The Sun, current judges Bruno Tonioli, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood weren’t consulted before her appointment.
“Bosses were delighted with Motsi in her screen test and are confident she will become a household name like her younger sister,” a source told the publication.
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We've seen her on our TV screens as Coronation Street's Bethany Platt but rumour has it she's swapping the cobbles for Strictly. According to The Sun, after BBC bosses saw how 'keen' she was for the show, "they told her she'd have to quit Corrie because of its ban on deals".Lucy has since confirmed she's leaving Corrie although she revealed she made the decision last August - before Strictly started. Hmm.
Celebs Go Dating star Nadia Essex is reportedly 'in talks' with BBC bosses about appearing on Strictly. They even apparently thought about her potential dance partner, a source told OK! magazine: "She's extremely tiny so if she does get on to the show it's likely she'll be paired with AJ Pritchard as he's one of the smaller male dancers."
Alan Carr was tipped to have signed up for 2019's series after a memorable appearance at the final to read out the terms and conditions. He couldn't stop dancing, with the whole Strictly family eventually joining in with his infectious jiving.
The nation was devastated when Love Island 2018 winners Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham split but there's good news in store (kind of) Danny Dyer's daughter might be heading to the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom. Ladbrokes Coral's PR executive said: "We think that a place on Strictly 2019 could be the perfect next step for the Love Island star."We've slashed the odds on her joining the class of 2019 and also make her just an 8/1 chance to lift the Glitterball Trophy," they told OK! mag.
The radio personality confirmed live on his Radio 2 show that he had signed up to Strictly 2019. "I have said yes, primarily because my wife would like to go every week," he said.
Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya has apparently been in 'advanced talks' with Strictly bosses. According to The Sun, insiders reckon parents will vote for him because of his young fanbase. They went on to say: "Bosses are really keen to get Radzi on board. He's really well loved within the BBC and has a lot of potential."He's being viewed as a bit of a rising star, much like Stacey Dooley last year – who was hugely successful on the show."
Last year Big Brother confirmed the show was being cancelled but things could be on the up for Rylan as he has hinted he'd take part in Strictly 2019. After admitting he wouldn't go on I'm A Celeb, he said: "It'd probably be Strictly Come Dancing if anything, but I never make plans."He added to OK! magazine: "One thing I've learnt is not to have a bucket list. I take each day as it comes and hope for the best."
DJ, model and mum-of-one Vogue is rumoured to be joining the line up for 2019.A source said, "Vogue has all the credentials to be on Strictly and is mates with someone in the casting department. It looks as though 2019 will be her time."If Vogue were to land a spot on the show, this wouldn't be the first reality show she's taken part in. Vogue was a contestant on Channel 4 show The Jump in 2017, where she met her husband Spencer Matthews.
Manchester dancing legend Bez of Happy Mondays is said to be in the running after his cheating on Bargain Hunt was the talk of the show. The TV star was caught cheating on Bargain Hunt after his girlfriend bid on his antiques, something he says was an "honest mistake". But rather than putting off BBC bosses, it's made them keen to get the freaky dancer in again.He previously appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and won the series in 2005 against Jackie Stallone, Lisa I'Anson and John McCririck.
Former England football manager Sam Allardyce is apparently in talks for the show. A source told the Daily Mail that he met up with BBC bosses, before adding: "They were talking to him about the Christmas special but emphasised that they want him on a whole series, rather than just a one-off."
Despite reports of a 'reality star ban', rumour has it that Love Island 2017 winner Amber Davies is being line-up to take part in Strictly later this year.
Former England football manager Sam Allardyce is apparently going to try and win the glitterball on Strictly Come Dancing this year.
Welsh actress and presenter will reportedly take part in Strictly Come Dancing. We'd love to see the 60 year old on the dance floor.
Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing is heading to the Strictly ballroom. Iain Lee accidentally leaked the news on GMB, but a week later the reality star confirmed the new on Loose Women. Despite reports that BBC were banning reality stars from appearing on the dance contest, it looks like Jamie slipped through the net.On the ITV daytime show he said: "It's a great show and everyone loves it. I spoke to a lot of people they have done it in the past, they say it is the scariest thing they have ever done but the best thing."I just want to make my mum proud."
Michelle Visage has confirmed she's taking part in Strictly this year, just months after her cameo in TOWIE.Speaking on Lorraine, she gushed: "I am very excited, I am over the moon. I can't wait to be dramatic and as amazing as I can be. I am 50 and I want to be presenting women of the age."
EastEnders star Emma Barton, who plays Honey Mitchell, is swapping the Square for the ballroom. She confirmed the exciting news on the One Show.
Catherine Tydesley has made no secret in the past that she'd like to give Strictly a go, and this year she got her wish. She announced the news on This Morning but confessed she struggles with one thing - dancing. "I literally can't dance… I am terrified. When I was at theatre school I always swerved dance classes because I was really big and I was so self-conscious."So it's always been a thing to me, that I've thought, 'I need to do this because I've always shied away from it'. "It's going to be like therapy. It's going to be a real challenge to me."
Youtube Saffron Baker confirmed her Strictly Come Dancing gig."I am really excited to go on the Strictly journey and am feeling very grateful for the opportunity!"I'm looking forward to learning all of the dances, finding out who my partner is, getting to wear the costumes and to just experience this once in a lifetime opportunity," she told Heart radio.
Comedian Chris Ramsey was one of the first stars confirmed on the Strictly lineup. He announced the news on the One Show, saying: "I'm genuinely excited for it."Being a comedian there's not many family friendly things the kids can see me on."
Footballer David James confirmed on the One Show - alongside Emma and Chris - that he'll be on Strictly this year despite refusing to do it "a number of times" in the past.He gushed: "I have had to keep it a secret for so long. I told my mum, and she forgot."
Chef and model Emma Thynn, Viscountess Weymouth has been confirmed for the BBC show. Emma announced the news on Gaby Roslin's BBC Radio London show and admitted she's relieved she's finally able to talk about her well kept secret. She gushed: "This is going to be very new and very exciting and I'm sure very challenging."It's so so exciting, it's such an institution."
Mike announced she was taking part in Strictly this year during an appearance on BBC Breakfast. He released a statement, saying: "I've heard so many wonderful things from colleagues over the years so thrilled I'm now getting the chance. "I know I will completely throw myself into the whole experience and I'm sure will love it from start to finish. "I may have tried and profiled over 500 sports over the years in my Saturday morning BBC Breakfast slot but think the Strictly challenge could be the greatest."Bring on the glitter!"
Will, who has arthrogryposis, revealed he's taking part on Strictly and hopes to "inspire people with a disability". Confirming the exciting new, he said on Talk Sport: "I'm so proud to be on the show, it's my family's favourite show. "I have no dance experience at all, but I hope I can do well. I want to inspire people with a disability – that would mean a lot to me. I want to prove to people I can do this."
Zarim is swapping his CBBC presenter job for Strictly this year. It's safe to say that the 25 year old is excited about his role, he gushed: "To be offered the chance to take part in Strictly is dumbfounding, I'm pinching myself!"I'm so excited to be Strictlified. I want THE LOT. The skimpiest of clothes, the widest of flares, the brightest of colours and the tallest Cuban heel a guy can find! "The more flamboyant the better… sequins galore please!!"
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“She’s got all the experience from doing Let’s Dance in Germany and is great in front of the camera.”
And executive producer, Sarah James, said, “I am incredibly excited that Motsi Mabuse is joining the show.
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“Motsi's natural warmth, energy and passion for dance makes her the perfect addition to our esteemed judging panel.”
And Motsi, who herself danced on the German show for two series before being promoted to a judge, couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the UK show.
“I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging 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!”
Motsi and Oti have recently been appearing in Celebrity Gogglebox with their sister Phemelo.
“It’s been an experience. It's been nice. Especially my sister Phemelo, who lives in South Africa, got to come here to Europe and enjoy her time," Oti told the Daily Star of their experience.
“She’s literally learning the British culture, learning the transportation culture, the food and it’s nice to have them around.