Strictly’s Motsi Mabuse hits back at Louie Spence’s claims she was only hired to ‘tick race box’

Strictly’s Motsi Mabuse hits back at Louie Spence’s claims she was only hired to ‘tick race box’

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NEW Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has hit back at allegations she was only hired as part of a “box ticking” exercise because she is black.

Former Dancing on Ice judge Louie Spence cruelly said South African Motsi, 38, was a “nobody” and that she got the coveted job based on her skin colour.

New Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse has hit back at claims she’s been hired to ‘tick a box’

But speaking to The Sun, Motsi dismissed his offensive view, and said: “It would be really sad if someone chose me for my colour only.

“I think a person of colour in any situation should be qualified to do the job. Not just because of the colour of their skin.

“You’re always going to have someone attacking you in some way. But it’s weird from someone who’s never met you, I thought it was funny.

“But there is already a woman of colour in this show — Oti.”

Motsi Mabuse replaced Darcey Bussell on the Strictly panel
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Motsi, who replaced the outgoing Darcey Bussell on the hit BBC1 dancing show, will make her live debut on the series on Saturday following the launch episode two weeks ago.

And she admits she is slightly nervous in case she slips into German, the language of the country where she lives with her husband and their one-year-old daughter.

She said: “I can just feel something is happening, the vibrations. It’s new nerves that I’ve never experienced before. It’s completely new for me.

“I’m worried. I’m just curious to see what’s going to happen. I’ve been speaking more English lately and I speak to my daughter in English, but it’s not like it used to be as I’ve been speaking German.”

And asked who she thinks has the best hope of winning this year’s series, she pinpointed veteran dancer Anton du Beke who previously screentested for a judging job on the show.

Anton, who has been on the series since its first episode, is paired with EastEnders actress Emma Barton.

Motsi added: “I saw a clip of her on Instagram and she was turning close to Anton, and she had the same kind of precision. I thought ohhhh yes. This is happening.

Now he has a chance at winning, as I think she is really good, so what is Anton going to do differently? What has he learnt from past experience to win the Glitterball?”

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