Strictly Come Dancing judge to miss this weekend's show

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  • Motsi Mabuse
    Professional ballroom dancer
Photo credit: BBC
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Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse will miss the show this weekend after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid 19.

The 40-year-old judge made the announcement in a post on social media and explained that while she is fully vaccinated, she is not able to travel from Germany – where she lives – back to the UK, as UK Government guidelines do not recognise the vaccines she has received.

Motsi said in a statement on Instagram: "I am gutted to say I will have to miss Strictly this weekend.... I was contacted by NHS Test and Trace as being in close contact with someone on Sunday 21 Nov who has since tested positive.

"Being double vaccinated and booster as I am, would normally mean exemption from isolation under the close contact rules, but unfortunately German EU vaccines are not recognised and neither is my booster in this instance, so I must follow UK Government guidance and can only return after 30 November to UK."

She added: "Our health is the most important thing and luckily I have been tested multiple times this week and am negative. I am healthy, I am with my family, that's what matters! I wish everyone good luck, sending you my love. Keep dancing. Until then, lots of love and stay safe."

Oscar-nominee and Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo will return to the judging panel in Motsi's place, having previously replaced Craig Revel Horwood last weekend.

Craig had tested positive for Covid last week, but will be back on the show on Saturday (November 27th).

The BBC released the statement: "We are delighted that Cynthia Erivo will be joining us as a guest judge again, joining Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and head judge Shirley Ballas on the judging panel. We look forward to having Motsi back with us next weekend."

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