Oti Mabuse addresses rumours she is leaving Strictly Come Dancing

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

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Oti Mabuse has reacted to rumours that she will be leaving Strictly Come Dancing after landing a role on the judging panel of ITV's The Masked Dancer.

The 30-year-old professional dancer - who clinched the Glitterball Trophy with Bill Bailey last year - was asked on Steph's Packed Lunch whether she would be returning as a pro-dancer to the BBC One ballroom competition this year.

Oti became the first dancer in Strictly history to win the show back to back after winning in 2019 with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher.

"Ahh! Do you know what, some of these conversations obviously I have never been a part of – they are above my pay grade," Oti replied.

"I can't say yes as to whether I'm going back or not. So, everybody will have to wait and see to find out what is going on. But it is nice to be spoken about… right?"

Photo credit: Kieron McCarron
Photo credit: Kieron McCarron

When the Channel 4 show's presenter Steph MCGovern revealed that she'd read that Oti is in huge demand for lots of TV shows at the moment, Oti joked: "Yes, according to that article! I'm a little dot. These are big shows!"

ITV recently confirmed that Oti would be joining The Masked Singer's spin-off show The Masked Dancer alongside Jonathon Ross, Davina McCall, and Mo Gilligan.

The Masked Dancer will see celebrity contestants perform dances in lavish - and most likely ridiculous - costumes, with the panel and viewers at home guessing their identity.

"I’m so thrilled and honoured to be joining the panel on The Masked Dancer," Oti ssaid at the time . "I’m a huge fan of The Masked Singer and I loved the US Masked Dancer so I just can’t wait to start on this show. As a dancer I will be watching the dancers intently looking for clues - it’s going to be so much fun!"

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