Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse says she gets up at 3am to work

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
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Photo credit: Getty Images

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Strictly Come Dancing's reigning champion Oti Mabuse has revealed her impressive work ethic and eye-watering early morning routine which features the dancer getting up at 3am to start work.

The 30-year-old TV star – who is currently partnered with comedian Bill Bailey on the BBC1 competition – loves to get up early and seize the day, telling Women's Health UK: "I'm an extreme early bird, so I'll wake up at three o'clock in the morning.

"I usually just sit in bed and reply to emails or text messages, then I'll either choreograph or I'll look at the current routine for things we can improve on

"I was up at three in the morning today and just started working. I get like that when I'm in work mode: when I'm really going for it... Sometimes, I'll start working at two in the morning and then I'll go back to bed [for a bit] and start working again at 8am."

Photo credit: Carla Guler/Women's Health Uk
Photo credit: Carla Guler/Women's Health Uk

Oti also discussed her typical diet in the mornings, post-workout.

"I love to recycle and use old glass jars, so I'll have porridge with some nuts, a teaspoon of peanut butter and just healthy stuff like fruit," she continued. "I'll have that or three eggs and a nice salad."

And as for her morning brew, the star added: "I would have coffee – really plain, just coffee – when I need the energy. But usually I like a plain and simple tea. Either green tea or peppermint."

Photo credit: BBC1
Photo credit: BBC1

Oti won the Glitterball Trophy on Strictly Come Dancing last year with celebrity partner Kevin Fletcher, and has impressed the judges with Bill as they performed the Quickstep last weekend. The pair scored an impressive 24 points, with Craig Revel Horwood enthusing: "I thought it was absolutely fantastic."

Shirley Ballas was also blown anyway by their performance as she exclaimed: "I want to cry, I want to hug, I want to kiss you!"

Photo credit: Carla Guler / Women’s Health - Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Carla Guler / Women’s Health - Hearst Owned

Read the full Oti Mabuse interview in the Dec/Jan issue of Women’s Health, on sale from 4th November 2020, also available as a digital edition.

Strictly Come Dancing continues this weekend on BBC1.

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