Strictly's Motsi Mabuse went to Germany after dance school 'targeted'

‘We were intentionally targeted’: Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse reveals she was forced to fly home to Germany to meet with police after her dance school was broken into… as she begins two-week quarantine

  • Motsi Mabuse, 39, revealed her dance school have been ‘targeted’ as she shared a snap of a broken glass door in an Instagram post on Friday
  • The show judge was seen wearing a protective mask as she made her way across a London airport terminal on Tuesday November 10
  • She was pictured clutching a piece of paper, believed to contain her negative COVID test result 
  • A Strictly source has since confirmed she is back in the UK following the last minute trip
  • Motsi will now isolate for the next 14 days in accordance with government guidelines in the fight against COVID-19
  • The judge owns a home and dance school in Germany, where her husband  Evgenij Voznyuk and daughter, two, are based  
  • Eliminated pro dancer Anton du Beke will fill in for her while she is isolating 
  • Motsi has confirmed she will still appear on Saturday’s show via a video link, but will be nowhere near the studio  
  • Katya Jones and Nicola Adams were also forced to withdraw from the series after Russian dance pro Katya tested positive

Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has revealed she rushed home to Germany after her dance school was ‘targeted’.

The show judge, 39, was pictured wearing a protective mask as she made her way across a Heathrow airport terminal at 1:30pm on Tuesday November 10 clutching a piece of paper, believed to contain her negative COVID test result. 

Explaining what happened on Instagram on Friday, Motsi revealed that she is now working with police to ‘solve the crime’ and will be improving security at her school.

Flying: Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has revealed that she flew home to Germany after her dance school was ‘targeted’ (pictured at Heathrow on November 10)

As well as posting a lengthy caption in German, Motsi shared a snap of a broken glass door at her studio.

She penned: ‘Unfortunately we have no good news. Someone tried to break into our school @motsimabuse_taunustanzschule. 

‘We are working with the police to solve this crime. We know we have been targeted on purpose and we will improve security in our school that this will not happen again.’

A Strictly source confirmed to MailOnline on Thursday that Motsi is now back in the UK following her brief trip to Germany, where she runs the dance school and shares a home with husband Evgenij Voznyuk and their daughter, two.  

Damage: The judge shared a snap of a broken glass door to her Instagram on Friday, explaining that she is working with the police

Bad news: Motsi explained that somebody had tried to break into their school and added that she will be improving security at the building

Current UK lockdown rules prohibit international travel except in ‘limited circumstances such as for work or for education’. 

Guidelines say ‘people who live outside the UK but work in the UK and travel between their country of residence and the UK at least once a week’ do not have to isolate.   

In accordance with those guidelines Motsi will self isolate for a fortnight, with pro dancer Anton Du Beke now set to fill in for her on Strictly while she’s at home.

News of Motsi’s isolation comes just hours after Nicola Adams and Katya Jones had to withdraw from the competition because the professional dancer contracted COVID-19.    

Family: Motsi owns a home and dance school in Germany, where her husband Evgenij Voznyuk and daughter, two, are based (pictured together at an event in Frankfurt in 2017)

‘Urgent reason’: Motsi previously said that the reason for her travel was ‘urgent’ when she announced she has to self isolate for the next 14 days

Staying safe: The show judge wore a protective mask as she made her way across a London airport terminal clutching a piece of paper, believed to contain her negative COVID test result


Necessary: The 39-year old at first said her trip was for an ‘urgent reason’, however she later revealed that it was because of the attempted break in 

Motsi took to Instagram on Thursday to tell fans she would not join Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel-Horwood at the studios on Saturday, after having to travel back to Germany for an ‘urgent trip’. 

She wrote: ‘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!’

While also on Thursday Motsi referenced her Germany based family after posting a shot of her daughter’s shoes, tucked in side a pair of her own, on Instagram.  

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Family: On Thursday Motsi referenced her Germany based family after posting a shot of her daughter’s shoes, tucked in side a pair of her own, on Instagram

Professional dancer Anton Du Beke is now set to stand in for Motsi on the judging panel on Saturday night, bosses confirmed on Friday.  

In a statement the show wished the dancer ‘good luck’ as he prepares to make his debut as a judge on the show.   

For years fans have lobbied for Anton to land a job on the Strictly judging panel, given he is the show’s longest serving professional dancer. 

This year he was the first pro to be eliminated alongside former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. 

New role! The official Strictly Instagram account confirmed Anton’s judging position on Friday, with the pro dancer also reposting the news to his ow grid

Giddy: As reports that Anton could be filling in for Motsi began to surface, fans rushed to social media to share their reaction

As reports that Anton could be filling in for Motsi began to surface, fans rushed to social media to share their reaction.

One wrote: ‘ANTON SHOULD FILL IN FOR MOTSI!!! RT if you agree!!’ while another added: ‘(will they let Anton judge this weekend do we reckon?)

A third posted: ‘That would be a great idea.’

The BBC told MailOnline: ‘Motsi will feature virtually in this weekend’s show. Further information on this weekend’s judging panel will be announced in due course.’

The South African dancer usually flies between Germany and England while appearing on Strictly. 

Happy couple: Motsi shares a home in Germany with husband Evgenij Voznyuk (pictured) and their daughter, who has never been named 

His time to shine: On Friday Anton Du Beke was confirmed as filling in for Motsi while she’s gone (pictured last month)

The judge’s announcement comes hours after Katya, 31, was stunned to learn she’s tested positive as she didn’t display any symptoms, and told bosses that she hasn’t been mixing with others as she lives alone and has been training for up to 14 hours a day. 

A source close to Nicola told MailOnline: ‘She’s hoping her Strictly dream is not over. 

‘There’s lots of hurdles to overcome but if it’s possible she can compete with Katya in the 2021 series, Nicola will want to make it happen.’

Disaster: Nicola and Katya had to withdraw from the competition because the professional dancer contracted COVID-19 

It’s over! Katya was stunned to learn she’s tested positive as she didn’t display any symptoms (pictured last month)

While the Strictly cast have been in social bubbles, they are allowed to continue their daily business as normal, so this news has cast doubt on whether bosses will tighten rules on what couples can do between filming.

A Strictly representative confirmed to MailOnline that bosses are not launching an investigation into how Katya contracted the virus as there is no way to indicate where she may have caught it. 

They added that as the dancer lives alone and has only been leaving her house to train, she hasn’t been socialising with others. 

It is understood that a number of crew members have also been forced to self-isolate after coming into contact with Katya. But the rest of the cast are said to be unaffected and the live show will go ahead this Saturday night, the BBC said. 

This also means that the Strictly final next month will feature just four couples instead of the planned five.

‘My hero’: Shortly after Strictly confirmed news of the couple’s exit, Katya posted on Instagram that her ‘heart is broken’, before paying tribute to her partner

Shortly after Strictly confirmed news of the couple’s exit, Katya posted on Instagram that her ‘heart is broken’, before paying tribute to her partner.

Writing alongside a selfie of the pair, the dancer wrote: ‘My heart is broken I’m utterly gutted this Special journey had to end this way and you don’t get to give more .

You are a woman who didn’t need a hero, you became one. Definitely my hero.

To everyone, thank you for your tremendous support and we will keep dancing for you guys one way or another. 

Meanwhile, please stay safe everybody. And to all my friends who’re still in the show- go for it!’

Last Sunday, Nicola and Katya were in the bottom two but were saved after judges chose ex-NFL star Jason Bell to leave the competition. 

Devastated: Katya took to her Stories to share a video on a forest walk with Nicola


Upset: She filmed the boxer walking and added a red love heart emoji

Strictly’s ‘bubble’ system 

Strictly introduced strict new measures to ensure filming could continue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including regular testing and placing the couples in separate ‘bubbles’ so they can train and perform together.

These ‘bubbles’ mean that any celebrity can openly mix, train and perform with their professional partner and vice versa, but they are prohibited from mixing with anyone from outside of their bubble during filming or training.

Despite these new restrictions, and some celebrities having to live alone while taking part in the series, they are not limited from going to public spaces such as shops and parks.

In some cases stars have been living alone while the other half of their pair can stay with their family or household. 

This series also became the first in the show’s history to air without a live audience after England was plunged into a month-long lockdown. 

This year has already seen the pros pre-record all of their group performances while isolating together in a hotel as one bubble, before being separated to join up with their celebrity partners, and thus forming their own separate bubbles. 

Tragic: Strictly bosses confirmed Nicola and Katya’s departure in a statement they posted on social media

A Strictly spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline that Katya is asymptomatic and the pair are now self-isolating separately following the latest government guidelines.  

Nicola said in a statement: ‘Hey guys! I’m absolutely devastated my Strictly journey has come to an end so soon. I had so much more to give and so many people to win this for! 

‘But I just want to say a huge thank you to Katya for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for. 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. 

‘I’ll be spending the next 14 days isolating so I’d like to apologise in advance for the ridiculous amount of TikToks I’ll be posting, in my new found free time when I’m not gaming!’

Gutted: Nicola shared a montage of her favourite moments during her time on Strictly

Sad: ‘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’

‘You made history’: Claudia Winkleman and It Takes Two’s Zoe Ball shared their condolences 

Katya said: ‘Dancing with Nicola has been an absolute inspiration. She’s given her all each and every week and we were so excited to create more dances in the competition. 

‘Of course, I’m devastated to leave this way but I’ve made a friend for life and loved every moment of this special journey. I’d like to wish good luck to all the remaining couples!’

Sarah James, Strictly Come Dancing Executive Producer added: ‘We are incredibly sad that these unfortunate circumstances mean that Nicola and Katya are unable to continue on Strictly. 

‘They are a brilliant partnership and had already achieved so much during their time on the show. 

‘We’d like to thank them for their commitment and although their time in the competition has sadly come to an end we are hopeful that there will be opportunities for them to dance again in the future.’ 

Nicola and Katya’s pairing made history as it was the first time in the show’s 16-year history a celebrity and professional partner of the same gender would be competing together.

It was announced in September that Nicola would be in the first same-sex pairing on the BBC show, as she said in a statement: ‘It’s amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry.’

Speaking live from her home on BBC Breakfast, Nicola said of her groundbreaking all-female pairing: ‘It’s really important, it’s a big step for the show as well.

‘It’s nice to see we’ve been able to move on and I just can’t wait to get some dancing done really.’

How is Strictly 2020 going ahead during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Strictly Come Dancing has introduced an array of strict measures to ensure the new series can go ahead during the COVID-19 crisis.

Celebrity contestants and their professional partners are tested regularly, with cast and crew told to isolate should they contract the virus.

Bosses have already confirmed any celebrity that tests positive once the series begins will be dropped from the show, with reports saying there are celebrities on stand-by.

The professional dancers have already pre-recorded their group performances after isolating together in a hotel.

It’s also been claimed that celebrities and pros will be axed from the show if they are caught kissing during filming.

Strictly 2020 has also seen the series run shortened to just nine weeks, with 12 celebrities taking part instead of the usual 15.

The show’s annual trip to Blackpool has been cancelled, along with this year’s Halloween and Christmas specials.

Only three judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse – will be in the studio with separate rostrums, after Bruno Tonioli was unable to appear due to travel concerns. 

Veteran judge Bruno has said he will be ‘involved remotely’ and hopes to return full-time towards the end of the series as he is filming the US version of the show in Los Angeles. 

With limited studio crew, big sets may not be built – so producers will use augmented reality, which adds computer-generated elements.

To ensure the contestants can work closely with their partners, they will ‘bubble up’ to train, along with being tested regularly. 

Strictly will still feature a live audience, however fans will sit in groups on separate tables, and will only attend if from the same household or bubble.

Revealing she approached Strictly with the idea for a same-sex pairing, Nicola explained: ‘I asked the show about it.

‘They wanted to know if I wanted to be on the show and I said “yeah I’ll do it but I want to dance with another female dance partner.'”

‘It’s definitely a time for change and time to move on and be more diverse. This is a brilliant step in the right direction.

‘It will be nice for the LGBT community to be able to see that there are same sex couples on the show as well.’ 

Following the news about Nicola appearing on the show in a female partnership, the BBC defended having a same-sex pairing after more than 100 people complained.

Controversial: The decision to include a same-sex pairing led to 100 complaints from viewers, which led BBC to defend the decision 

In a statement the corporation said the competition is an ‘inclusive show’ and they are ‘proud’ to have had same-sex numbers in previous series.

The BBC said: ‘Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have featured same sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series.

‘We have stated, in the past, that we are open to the prospect of including same sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers, should the opportunity arise.’

‘Nicola Adams requested an all-female pairing, which we are happy to facilitate. The show is first and foremost about dance, the sex of each partner within a coupling should have no bearing on their routine.’

Nicola and Katya’s Best Moments 

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones made history when they became the show’s first ever same-sex pairing.

Their partnership was announced during the launch show last month, with Katya gushing: ‘I think the beauty of this partnership is… it’s never been done before on Strictly. So, basically, we’re free to do what we want, there’s not really any set rules!’

For their first dance Nicola and Katya danced the quickstep to Get Happy by Ella Fitzgerald, earning a solid score of 21 points out of 30.

The duo were praised as ‘absolute dynamite’ and a ‘fantastic partnership,’ with many viewers moved to tears at the sight of a same-sex pairing on the show.

Week Two saw Nicola and Katya dance a Couples’ Choice to Shine by Years & Years, which documented the sports star’s journey to boxing success.

They scored 24 points out of 30, with the performance praised for ‘letting go’ and telling the story of Nicola’s life.

Nicola and Katya’s final dance came during Movie Week, with the pair dancing a Jive to Greased Lightnin from Grease, scoring just 19 points out of 30.

The score left them second-bottom on the leaderboard, and they were forced to compete with Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk in the dance-off, but they were saved by the judges after performing their jive for the second time.

Last year male professional dancers Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima performed a same sex routine during the show’s seventeenth series.

While the dance – conducted during a performance by pop star Emeli Sande – was met with an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response on social media, it prompted 200 complaints with TV regulator Ofcom.

Strictly introduced strict new measures to ensure filming could continue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including regular testing and placing the couples in separate ‘bubbles’ so they can train and perform together.

These ‘bubbles’ mean that any celebrity can openly mix, train and perform with their professional partner and vice versa, but they are prohibited from mixing with anyone from outside of their bubble during filming or training.

Despite these new restrictions, and some celebrities having to live alone while taking part in the series, they are not limited from going to public spaces such as shops and parks.

In some cases stars have been living alone while the other half of their pair can stay with their family or household. 

This series also became the first in the show’s history to air without a live audience after England was plunged into a month-long lockdown. 

This year has already seen the pros pre-record all of their group performances while isolating together in a hotel as one bubble, before being separated to join up with their celebrity partners, and thus forming their own separate bubbles.

Keeping a low profile? The pair were last seen after Tuesday’s episode of It Takes Two, attempting to hide away 

Celebrity contestants and their professional partners are tested regularly, with cast and crew told to isolate should they contract the virus.

It was confirmed before the series began that if any celebrity tested positive once the series began they would be dropped from the show, with reports saying there are celebrities on stand-by. 

It’s also been claimed that celebrities and pros will be axed from the show if they are caught kissing during filming.

Strictly 2020 has also seen the series run shortened to just nine weeks, with 12 celebrities taking part instead of the usual 15.

The show’s annual trip to Blackpool has been cancelled, along with this year’s Halloween and Christmas specials.

Only three judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse – will be in the studio with separate rostrums, after Bruno Tonioli was unable to appear due to travel concerns.

Veteran judge Bruno has said he will be ‘involved remotely’ and hopes to return full-time towards the end of the series as he is filming the US version of the show in Los Angeles.

With limited studio crew, big sets may not be built – so producers will use augmented reality, which adds computer-generated elements. 

This isn’t the first time, the show has been blighted with coronavirus concerns. 

Days before the series began, there had been doubts over whether singer HRVY would be able to compete, as he tested positive for coronavirus.  

A source previously said his positive test was ‘the worst-case scenario for Strictly, as they’ve gone to extreme lengths to make the show safe up to this point’.

A spokesman for the show insisted all celebrities on the show are ‘tested regularly’ and claimed that the positive test has had ‘minimal impact on production’.

After it was announced HRVY had coronavirus, he tweeted: ‘Morning guys, just a little thought. I’m only 21 and in good health so it just shows that being young doesn’t make you invincible, so make sure you wear a mask please, have a good day.’

Weeks before, a crew member also contracted coronavirus.

A spokesman for Strictly told MailOnline : ‘We can confirm that a member of the Strictly team has tested positive for coronavirus and they are now self-isolating at home following the latest government guidelines. 

Recovered: Days before the series began, there had been doubts over whether singer HRVY would be able to compete, as he tested positive for coronavirus

‘We have rigorous protocols in place to manage Covid-19 as the safety of all those involved in the production is paramount.

‘We briefed that we are still in pre-production and all celebs are tested regularly. We said we would not reveal the name of individual for private health reasons but they are feeling well.

‘We also briefed that the celeb will be taking part in the launch show (pending a negative test result) and that they only came into contact with a handful of production crew, who were then isolated and tested, therefore minimal impact on production.’ 

In a recent Q and A, executive producer Sarah James shed light on the show’s contingency plans in light of the pandemic and insisted she’s ‘confident’ the competition series will go ahead even if the current coronavirus restrictions change.  

Comeback king: The only other star to ever return to the show is Jamie Lang, who was allowed to a second chance to star in this year’s Strictly after injury ruled him out of the 2019 series

Sarah said: ‘Obviously according to government guidelines if you receive a positive test you have to isolate for two weeks and that would unfortunately rule them out of the show.’

Explaining their use of the bubble system to ensure couples can train and perform, she added: ‘Close contact cohorts (CCC) apply to people who need to work closely and break social distancing rules to do their jobs. It has to only be with one person and you are regularly tested.

‘We are asking the celebrity contestants to be part of an exclusive support bubble with their dancers, which means that one half of the party has to live alone.’

The professionals spent two weeks in September isolating in a Buckinghamshire hotel so they could rehearse the group numbers.  

The news of Katya’s positive test comes hours after Rylan Clark-Neal revealed he’ll miss filming for Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two for two weeks after being forced to self-isolate. 

The presenter, 32, tweeted a statement telling fans he’d come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and after seeking a test has tested negative himself. 

Rylan has co-hosted It Takes Two with Zoe Ball on alternate days this series, with the pair unable to host the show together due to strict social distancing measures.

He posted: ‘I found out this week that someone I have been in recent contact with outside of work has tested positive for coronavirus. I am therefore now following the government guidelines and having to self isolate. 

‘I have sought a COVID test and thankfully that has returned a negative result. 

‘That does mean I will miss the next two weeks of Strictly It Takes Two and my BBC Radio 2 Saturday show. 

‘I look forward to being back soon and wish all the couples good luck for this weekend.’ 

Break: Rylan Clark-Neal has revealed he’ll miss filming for Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two for two weeks after being forced to self-isolate

Rylan later clarified that he paid to have a test done privately to ensure there was ‘no immediate risk’ to anyone in his work bubble during Strictly filming.

The star’s isolation also means he’ll be unable to present his Saturday show on BBC Radio 2.

Government guidelines state anyone who has come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days. 

Rylan has been presenting It Takes Two with Zoe on various days, with the pair unable to host together this series due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zoe would host the show Mondays through Wednesdays, with Rylan taking over the duties on Thursdays and Fridays.  

Rylan had previously praised Strictly bosses for breaking boundaries by introduced the show’s first ever same-sex pairing with Nicola Adams and Katya Jones.

He described how the show’s inclusive approach is a great step towards embracing the LGBTQ community.

He told MailOnline: ‘It’s really exciting, but I think it will be like Dancing On Ice with Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Matt Evers, in the sense that they were a great addition, but after the first week, their same-sex pairing became the norm. 

All is well: The presenter tweeted a statement telling fans he’d come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19

‘It’s never been done before on Strictly so it’s going to be a big deal and I think it’s a really good step towards normalising it.

‘There are female couples all over Britain, there are male couples all over Britain. I think it’s just reflecting society and I think it’s a great thing to be doing, so good luck to the pair of them!

‘She [Nicola] will be treated like every other contestant and that’s how it should be. I think it’s a really massive step forward.’ 

The rest of the Strictly cast are unaffected and the show will continue this Saturday night on BBC One. 

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Motsi Mabuse and Strictly Come Dancing for further comment. 

Dynamic duo: Rylan has been presenting It Takes Two with Zoe Ball on various days, with the pair unable to host together this series due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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