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Oti Mabuse

South African sparkler Oti is back for more!

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Having first joined the Strictly family in Series 13 Oti was partnered with boxer Anthony Ogogo for her debut, but after surprisingly early exit in week two, she turned her focus to victory in 2016. Her second round went more than a little bit better, seeing her go all the way to the final with Hollyoaks hunk Danny Mac, just being pipped to the post by Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton.

To finally see my dreams unfold before my eyes is such an unbelievable feeling
Oti Mabuse

In 2017 she partnered with the show's first ever Paralympic competitor Jonnie Peacock, finishing in a respectable eigth place. in 2018 she put cricketer Graeme Swann to work and the couple made it to week 10. In 2019 Oti became a judge on BBC One's The Greatest Dancer coaching the very first winner 14-year old Ellie Ferguson.

Oti’s also competed in the German version of Strictly Come Dancing, and earned a flawless 40 points in the Strictly 2015 Christmas Special alongside actor Tom Chambers.

Her love of Latin has seen her travel the world, collecting title after title. Not only was she the eight times South African Latin American Champion, she has also snatched an array of titles including World European Latin Semi-Finalist and World Cup Championship Semi-Finalist.

But even with a mantelpiece full of trophies, we're sure Oti’s more than happy to make room for the Glitterball…


Born in Pretoria in South Africa, Oti began dancing as a young child alongside her sister Motsi, who is also a professional dancer, and is now a judge on the German version of Strictly Come Dancing.

Despite studying Civil Engineering at University, dancing has always been her true passion. Oti moved to Germany in search of new challenges to broaden her dancing horizons. Since then, she has achieved many titles in her dancing career, including third place in World Cup Freestyle Latin in 2014, second place European Championship Latin in 2014 and first place in German Championship PD Freestyle Latin.

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