SA dancer Motsi Mabuse thrilled to be 'Strictly Come Dancing UK' judge
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South African-born dancer Motsi Mabuse will replace Darcey Bussell as a judge on the upcoming season of the UK version of "Strictly Come Dancing".
Motsi, who appeared on "Let's Dance", the German version of "Strictly Come Dancing" as a dancer, but later became a judge on the show, shared the exciting news on social media.
Taking to Instagram, the “overjoyed” Motsi wrote: "I am absolutely thrilled and overjoyed to be joining the @bbcstrictly judging panel.
"I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show."
She continued: “I am honestly overwhelmed by all the positive reactions! I am extremely thankful and do believe I have been blessed! My family and I are going away to just have time for us, we have a very special birthday coming soon and taking a timeout to recharge for a wonderful season filled with exciting adventures.”
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I am absolutely thrilled and overjoyed to be joining the @bbcstrictly judging panel. I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can’t wait to get started! @letsdance dance has always and will always have a place in my heart ‘ I grew up with @letsdance and learned so much, so don’t worry I am not going anywhere soon and November I will be certainly our first tour !! Thank you to the team @rtl.tv & SEAPOINT Kai Sturm ,Steffi frebel, Nina Klinik ,Jan Philipp and Nora Kurven .You guys are amazing and I will be forever grateful .Thank you for the support and 11 Wonderful years ! Thank you to @oana_nechiti @erichklann @kathrin_menzinger & @vadim.garbuzov great colleagues who jumped in when I called 📞! Thank you guys and can’t wait for our secret project 2020 💃🏾💃🏾 @motsimabuse_taunustanzschule & @millennium_tanzschule !!!!!!!!!!! I couldn’t do all this without the support of my Husband , My Family and My dance school team !!!! Exciting times ahead and I can’t wait to meet all of @bbcstrictly team . My final words :::: There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask "What if I fall?" Oh but my darling, What if you fly? Love Motsi #anzeige #newchapter #godhasaplan #lawofattraction #manifestation #loveandlight
A post shared by Motsi Mabuse(@motsimabuse) on Jul 22, 2019 at 8:03am PDT
Congratulatory messages have been pouring in for Mabuse from family, fans and industry friends.
"CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! WHOOOP WHOOP!!!!!," wrote the Dance Queen of South Africa, Tebogo Kgobokoe.
"Yes my sister 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️," commented "Dancing with Stars" dancer, Keo Motsepe.
"Yayyyy!!!! Da da da dadada daaaaa- da dada da da," said Oti Mabuse on Twitter as she congratulate her sister.
Yayyyy!!!! Da da da dadada daaaaa- da dada da da 💛💃🏾💃🏾 https://t.co/wncMpzsqjf
— Oti Mabuse (@OtiMabuse) July 22, 2019
Super excited to see how Motsi gets on as a Strictly judge 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
— Ian Waite (@ianwaite) July 23, 2019