Motsi Mabuse, the sister of Oti Mabuse, is Strictly Come Dancing‘s new judge it has been confirmed.
The South African-born former German Latin Champion and South African Champion will replace Darcey Bussell who announced her departure from the show earlier this year. Motsi has been a judge on Let’s Dance in Germany since 2011, after joining the show in 2007 as a professional dancer.
Motsi Mabuse says: “I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel. I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can’t wait to get started!”
Oti Mabuse has already been confirmed to be back as a pro for the new series, and has previously been judged by her sister on Let’s Dance.
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content says: “Motsi is a brilliant addition to the show. She is a wonderful dancer in her own right and already has years of experience as a judge under her belt. We’re all looking forward to welcoming her to the Strictly family.”
Sarah James, Executive Producer of Strictly says: “I am incredibly excited that Motsi Mabuse is joining the show. Motsi’s natural warmth, energy and passion for dance makes her the perfect addition to our esteemed judging panel.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns for its 17th series this autumn on BBC One.