OTI Mabuse earned lots of fans as a judge on the BBC dance series The Greatest Dancer, which she won, and is a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.
We can’t wait to see her return to our screens for the 2019 series. Here’s the story of how the South African became one of the jewels in the BBC crown.
Who is Oti Mabuse, how old is she and what is her background?
Oti Mabuse is a 29-year-old professional dancer who rose to fame on BBC One’s 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.
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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.
Off the back of Strictly, she and dancer Ian Waite announced a new 60-date tour called An Audience With Ian Waite And Oti Mabuse: Rhythm Of The Night, which kicked off in March 2018.
She recently starred in the BBC’s dancing talent show, The Greatest Dancer, along with her fellow judges Cheryl and Matthew Morrison.
The professional dancer has since made an appearance on Channel 4’s Celebrity Googlebox alongside her lookalike siblings.
When does Strictly Come Dancing 2019 start?
Strictly Come Dancing is returning for its 17th series on BBC One TONIGHT (Saturday, September 7, 2019).
We’ll find out which pro dancers and celebrities are paired up, then the couples will have two weeks to get ready for the first live show.
The live shows will start on Saturday, September 21, and the final will take place on Saturday, December 14.
The main show will air live on Saturday evenings with the results the following day on Sundays.
In 2018 the show started on October 6 – with this in mind the show could start on Saturday October 5.