Oti Mabuse opens up on Strictly Come Dancing exit: ‘My gut feeling will tell me’

Oti Mabuse compares Strictly to The Masked Dancer

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Oti Mabuse, 30, joined Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer in 2013, and since then has won the show for two consecutive years; in 2019 with Emmerdale’s Kelvin Fletcher and in 2020 with Bill Bailey. And much to fans delight, The Masked Dancer judge has no intention of moving on just yet.

I don’t know how long it will last, but my gut feeling will tell me

Oti Mabuse

In a recent interview, Oti admitted she hoped the moment of when she knows it’s time to quit the BBC talent competition with just present itself to her organically.

“That moment has yet to come,” she giggled.

“I don’t know how long it will last, but my gut feeling will tell me.”

The dancer has an increasing list of commitments outside of Strictly, including her latest appointment to ITV’s The Masked Dancer and regularly appears as a presenter on Morning Live and Steph’s Packed Lunch.

But she revealed the reason Strictly entices her back each year, gushing over the show that keeps her constantly excited.

“I don’t even know who the celebs are or who I’m partnered with,” she said after admitting she never sets out to win the show.

“I’m just excited. I can’t wait to see what this series has.”

She added to Radio Times, beaming: “I love the show. That’s why I go back. It’s that joy.”

She’s also very proud that Strictly is up for four Baftas, saying: “This show brings love, joy and positivity to so many.

“The choreography from the professionals last series was amazing, and the celebs gave everything. Everyone upped their game.”

The Masked Dancer kicked off on Saturday night – a spin-off of the hugely successful The Masked Singer – which sees the judges try to unveil 12 hidden celebrities whose identities are behind elaborate costumes.

Alongside fellow panellists Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall, Oti’s task is to guess who the stars are, based on their dance moves and a series of clues.

While she may be the most qualified for the job, the dancer has claimed she was actually “terrible” at the role.

She said: “I thought I would be okay at it but I am so terrible at it.

“Oh my gosh! It’s actually hurting me a little bit because I was like, ‘Oh I’ve got this, I probably know them and they’ve all done some show that I work on’, but it’s hard.

“It’s really, really difficult. I am slowly becoming a baby Jonathan with my suggestions.”

Oti’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

The Masked Dancer airs from Saturday 29th May at 7pm on ITV and the ITV Hub.

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