Oti Mbuse shares an update on Strictly Come Dancing returns after Dancing On Ice defection

The TV star has been a professional contestant on Strictly since joining the show in 2015 – but she stunned fans when she signed up as a judge on Dancing On Ice days after the end of the 2021 series

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Oti Mabuse hinted that she might return to Strictly Come Dancing after her shocking departure to Dancing On Ice.

Fans of the 31-year-old dance professional were stunned last month when it was revealed that Oti would replace shamed judge John Barrowman to become the fourth judge on Dancing On Ice’s 14th series – which finally began last week.

The announcement came just four days after the dance star had finished working on series 19 of Strictly on the BBC – with many fans fearing her sudden move to the ITV should would ruin any chance of her returning to the ballroom floor.

Oti, however, has hinted that she may return to the BBC series. Oti also stated that negotiations for the season 2022 of the show have yet to start.

Oti Mabuse changed from Strictly Come Dancing in 2022 to Dancing On Ice.



She shared the following information with The Sun on Sunday “Those conversations happen in February.

“It will have to be something we all talk about as a team.”

Last November, Oti’s defection was hinted at as there was speculation that two dance professionals were considering quitting Strictly.

Oti was tipped to be considering throwing in the towel on the BBC show, while Aljaž Škorjanec had also been tipped to go.

Oti was given judges status in Dancing On Ice


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The speculation led to a show source saying at the time: “Bosses will worry other stars could follow.”

Oti was also quoted as saying that she was inspired to present by Steph McGovern.

She said: “I’m starting to present and I’m starting a new life. Steph McGovern inspires me most.

“Sometimes when you come into the industry people do feel threatened. They feel it. ‘Oh you’re trying to take my spot.’ She didn’t. She saw something in my character.

“Every time I do her show she goes, ‘We’re going to stay back and you’re going to do my bits and we’re going to practice.’ So she mentors me.

“It’s her show, her time. That’s what the crew does, they wait.

“That for me is a hero, she’s an inspiration. I want to be the person who brings someone into Strictly. ‘Let me show you the ropes.’

Oti fought Ugo Monye last year on Strictly


BBC/Kieron McCarron)

Oti will present a new dating show that will feature romantic hopefuls trying to seduce one another through dance.

She spoke earlier in the month about the new show: “I’m so excited to be part of Romeo and Duet. It’s always been a dream to host so this is a real ‘pinch me’ moment. It’s about love with a little bit of a twist and showcase of talent, it’s fresh and fun, and I hope everyone’s going to love it as much as I do.”

ITV’s Dancing on Ice continues Sunday night at 6:30pm.

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