Oti Mabuse admits she queried her career after winning Strictly ‘What am I gonna do?’

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Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse, 29, caught up with her fellow pro Janette Manrara, 36, on an Instagram live chat this evening. During their discussion, Oti revealed what she had been up to during lockdown which led to a discussion about the BBC dance show.

I remember that was my question in my head, What am I gonna do?

Oti Mabuse

Oti told Janette she had been training with her personal trainer as well as keeping busy with her Home Festival with Karen Hauer and husband Marius.

The dancers have been helping fans to stay active and entertained during the coronavirus pandemic via her social media pages.

Janette then asked Oti if she will keep up with her busy schedule if Strictly Come Dancing returns this year.

The winning pro appeared hesitant at first, but then replied: “Remember after I won, we had a conversation immediately after it happened.


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“I was like, ‘Janette what am I gonna do now?’

“You were like, ‘Oti it happened like two hours ago, can you just enjoy it.’ I was like, ‘No, it’s 2020 for me already’.

“And I remember that was my question in my head, ‘What am I gonna do? What am I gonna do?’”

She added: “During Christmas there was a Christmas party and I talk a lot with Alesha Dixon.

“I said to her, ‘Alesha, I’ve just won The Greatest Dancer and I’ve just won Strictly, what’s going to happen?’”

Recalling her response, she added of Alesha: “And she goes, ‘Do you know what babe? Blessings. You go for it, make sure what you did last year, you go in harder, you go in better, you go in smarter, you know what you have to do, you push now’.”

“I was like, ‘Okay good’ so I take it day by day but I feel like what happened happened because I pushed, so I now have to see who I get and push for them.”

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She added: “As much as we love it, and we love dancing, teaching and whoever we’re partnered with, it’s not up to us because people have to vote for you.

“You can be ambitious all you want at home, they’ve got to vote.”

Oti won the show for the first time with former Emmerdale star Kelvin last year.

She is confirmed to be returning to the show later this year, if it goes ahead.


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Strictly Come Dancing usually kicks off between August and September, so a decision on whether the show will go ahead or not due to the virus is currently unknown.

The dancer addressed the situation on Lorraine last month.

She said: “We’re just hoping that everything can be okay.

“I think at the moment it’s really important to listen to the government guidelines and just take it day by day.

“The most important thing is that everyone is safe and everyone is healthy.

“So, at the moment, we’re all just isolated together. We’re all in the same boat really.”

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