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Motsi Mabuse confirmed as new judge on Strictly Come Dancing

NEW JUDGE: Motsi Mabuse

PROFESSIONAL DANCER Motsi Mabuse has been confirmed as the new judge on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Originally from South Africa, Motsi is a former South African Champion and German Latin Champion in 2009 and 2010.

She has been a judge on Let’s Dance in Germany since 2011, after joining the show in 2007 as a professional dancer.

Her sister Oti has been a professional on four editions of the hit BBC show.

Speaking on her new role, 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!”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, adds: “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, comments: "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. She will join Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel-Horwood and Bruno Tonioli on the show's panel.

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