Oti Mabuse set to return to Strictly 10 months after quitting show as she lands new role

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OTI Mabuse is returning to Strictly Come Dancing ten months after she quit.

The pro dancer, 32, will be making a brief comeback to choreograph a routine for her fellow professionals to kick off Musical Week.

Oti was a huge hit on Strictly for seven years
Oti will be back on the show – doing something a bit different

Oti has worked alongside choreographer Nikki Trow and described the gig as an “amazing opportunity”.

She was part of the BBC dancing show for seven years and is the only professional to win the competition in two consecutive years.

Oti first won with former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher in 2019 before retaining the Glitterball trophy in 2020 with comedian Bill Bailey.

She was a judge on The Greatest Dancer for two series in 2019 and 2020 and has presented Morning Live.

This year she joined the judging panel of Dancing on Ice, which led to speculation that it was the final step for her departure from Strictly.

She went on to land her own show – Romeo and Due – and has filmed her own documentary about growing up in South Africa.

She said at the time: “I’m honestly so grateful to The BBC and will always remember that Strictly and BBC brought me to the UK – which I now call home and I have learnt and grown so much. – Thank You from the bottom of my heart.

“I can’t put in to words how difficult this decision has been, but I have decided not to return for the next series.

“Dance will always be my first love and to everyone, my family especially, friends, strictly fans and judges who have been my support throughout my strictly journey, thank you for being incredible! You are irreplaceable in my heart and have made everyday unforgettable! I love you.”