Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse won't be in the studio this weekend due to COVID restrictions

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

There's been more COVID-related setbacks for Strictly Come Dancing - as judge Motsi Mabuse announced she won't be in the studio for this weekend's show, or the following Saturday.

The judge is currently self isolating after a trip to Germany this week, where she lives with her husband and young child. In line with current government guidelines, she must self isolate for 14 days after returning to the UK.

But the good news is, she'll still be on the show - but from her own living room. Hurrah for the Zoom!

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

She wrote on Instagram: "Hi Guys- earlier this week I needed to travel to Germany for an urgent reason. I will of course be following the UK Government guidelines and self-isolating for 14 days.

"I'll be watching from home and by the power of technology, should be in your living rooms. Watch out though, I'll be doing my own hair and make-up!"

Yesterday (12 November) Nicola Adams and Katya Jones were forced to withdraw from the show after Katya tested positive for the virus.

A spokesperson for Strictly confirmed that Kayta was asymptomatic and the pair are self-isolating separately - but it marked the end of their historic journey due to show protocols on COVID-19.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Nicola was "absolutely devastated" by the news. "I just want to say a huge thank you to Katya for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for," she said.

"She pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it’s been an incredible experience. I’m gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the COVID measures in place are to keep everyone safe, and I’m doing what I can to help."

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