Motsi Mabuse joins BBC UK 'Strictly Come Dancing' judging panel

Motsi Mabuse (Photo: Getty)
Motsi Mabuse (Photo: Getty)

Cape Town -  Motsi Mabuse will replace Darcey Bussell as a judge on the upcoming season of the UK version of Strictly Come Dancing.

The South African dancer is the older sister of Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti.

Motsi appeared on Let's Dance, the German version of Strictly Come Dancing as a dancer, but later became a judge on the show.

"I am absolutely thrilled and overjoyed to be joining the @bbcstrictly judging panel," Motsi wrote on Instagram.

She continued: "I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show."  

Oti congratulated her sister on Twitter, saying: "Yayyy," which she followed by sounding out the show's theme song.

Sarah James, Executive Producer of Strictly says: "I am incredibly excited that Motsi Mabuse is joining the show. Motsi's natural warmth, energy and passion for dance makes her the perfect addition to our esteemed judging panel."

Motsi was expected to become a lawyer and join the family law firm but her passion for dance took over whilst she was studying at the University of Pretoria.