Oti Mabuse announces shock move away from Strictly Come Dancing ‘I can’t wait!’

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Oti Mabuse joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 with her first celebrity partner Anthony Ogogo and after several years, she finally lifted the coveted Glitterball Trophy with former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher. Ahead of the new series, the professional dancer has teamed up with the BBC for another project on CBeebies Channel.

The dancer will be sashaying onto screens next week to present the channel’s Oti’s Boogie Beebies.

The series will be filmed from her living room abiding by lockdown rules and will give grown-ups and children the chance to start the day with some dancing.

Each day Oti will perform a short dance routine, which will be taught step-by-step to viewers.

The five minute episodes will begin with Oti demonstrating a warm-up before she introduces new moves that take viewers on an exciting and different adventure each day.


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Adventures will include swimming under the sea moving like a fish or heading into the jungle and wriggling like creepy crawlies.

Speaking about the new project, Oti said: “Boogie Beebies is the perfect start to any pre-schoolers day with fun, energetic and simple routines suitable for all abilities.

“I can’t wait for children and grown-ups to take part in the dances and join me on CBeebies for a morning boogie”.

Fans of Strictly can tune in to watch Oti on Boogie Beebies from Monday 1 June at 8.30am.

It comes as Oti has been running dance classes on Instagram with husband Marcus Iepure.

The pair have gone through routines like the Quickstep, Jive and even the Argentine Tango.

The professional dancer has been keeping busy throughout lockdown but believes she will be back on the Strictly dance floor soon.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show earlier this year, she explained the team are doing everything they can to make sure the series airs.

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“I spoke to the producers and they are trying to do everything they can to make sure the show goes ahead,” Oti remarked.

“Obviously, we’ve all got to wait and see what happens.

“We are filming three highlight specials and trying to bring back the Strictly fever that everyone’s missing and loves.”

Strictly has been encouraging fans to send in videos of themselves trying out some popular routines from the show’s history.

These will be shown in one of three Strictly Come Dancing specials which will be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.


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The episodes are expected to air later this year before the main series returns.

Each instalment will focus on one of the themed weeks – Movies, Musicals and Blackpool.

Along with Tess and Claudia, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli will make an appearance.

Oti’s Boogie Beebies starts on Monday 1st June at 8:30am on the CBeebies Channel and BBC iPlayer.

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