Who is Oti Mabuse? The Greatest Dancer judge and Strictly Come Dancing pro

Here's everything you need to know about the star…

Who is Oti Mabuse, how old is she and what is her background?

Oti Mabuse is a 28-year-old professional dancer who rose to fame on Strictly Come Dancing.

She was born in Pretoria, South Africa and unlike many of the Strictly family, Oti did not start her path to professional dancing from a young age.

Oti studied civil engineering at university before embarking on a career in professional dancing, following in the footsteps of her sister Motsi – nine years her senior – who is a professional ballroom dancer.

Since the start of her professional career, Oti has earned various awards including first place in the German Championship Freestyle Latin competition.

She joined the show in 2015 for its thirteenth series and was partnered with boxer Anthony Ogogo but unfortunately did not make it past week three.

Oti was then partnered with Hollyoaks hunk Danny Mac, and the duo were the show's standout performers, topping the leaderboard seven times on their way to the finals.

They were just beaten in the grand final by a stunning performance from sports presenter Ore Obuda and his partner Joanne Clifton.

But during the annual Strictly tour she and Danny were voted the favourite of audiences after being voted winners the most times.

What other shows has Oti appeared on?

Oti had some experience of dancing on telly prior to Strictly.

She took part in the German version of Strictly Come Dancing and moved to Germany to develop her professional career.

Now, off the back of Strictly, she and dancer Ian Waite have announced a new 60-date tour called An Audience With Ian Waite And Oti Mabuse: Rhythm Of The Night, which will kick off in March 2018.

She is now starring on the BBC's brand new dancing talent show, The Greatest Dancer, along with her fellow judges Cheryl and Matthew Morrison.

When does The Greatest Dancer start on BBC One?

The Greatest Dancer will kick off on BBC One TOMORROW (Saturday, January 5 2019) at 8pm.

The show was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco production firm.

The programme aims to discover the best dancers from all sorts of backgrounds including Bollywood, ballet, jazz, jive, tap and tango.

Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC, told the Radio Times: “With the continued success of Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC is undoubtedly the home of dance.

“By launching The Greatest Dancer we want to give the vast array of dance talent across the UK the chance to shine."

After 14 years of making talent shows for ITV, this will be the first time that Simon has partnered up with the BBC.

The winners of The Greatest Dancer will win £50,000 and the opportunity to perform as a guest dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.

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