Is Oti Mabuse leaving Strictly Come Dancing for The Masked Dancer role?

Oti Mabuse shows off her outfit for Steph's Packed Lunch

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Oti Mabuse has been part of the Strictly Come Dancing professional line up since 2015. Despite being one of the show’s most successful and popular professionals, fans are worried Oti will be saying goodbye to the Strictly ballroom floor very soon. Is Oti Mabuse leaving Strictly? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Is Oti Mabuse leaving Strictly Come Dancing?

Oti Mabuse is one of Strictly Come Dancing’s most recognisable faces, having won the Glitterball trophy an incredible two years in a row.

Mabuse first won the competition with Emmerdale star, Kelvin Fletcher in 2019.

She then went on to win the most recent series with comedian Bill Bailey.

Despite being a fan favourite, fans are worried the South African dancer could be leaving Strictly Come Dancing.

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Concerns amongst fans were raised after Mabuse announced she had joined the judging panel of ITV’s new series, The Masked Singer.

Mabuse’s exit would come as a huge blow to Strictly fans, considering The Masked Singer is a rival dancing show and it is home to a rival channel.

She will be replacing singer Rita Ora on The Masked Singer’s upcoming spin-off show, joining Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall.

A source told The Sun: “Oti has been inundated with offers. Her profile has really blown up since she joined Strictly and she has had ideas pitched from a number of major channels.

“The BBC is now growing increasingly worried that her time on Strictly is numbered.”

At the moment, the professional line-up for Strictly Come Dancing has not been yet been announced and fans are eagerly awaiting news.

Mabuse recently addressed rumours she will leaving the show on Steph’s Packed Lunch.

She said: “Ahh! Do you know what, some of these conversations obviously I have never been a part of – they are above my pay grade.

“I can’t say yes as to whether I’m going back or not. So, everybody will have to wait and see to find out what is going on. But it is nice to be spoken about…right?”

Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment on Mabuse’s return to Strictly Come Dancing.

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When does The Masked Dancer start?

The Masked Dancer follows on from the phenomenally successful Masked Singer which aired its second series earlier this year.

There will be 12 new stars taking to the stage, wearing some interesting costumes which will leave the judges and viewers at home guessing who is underneath the mask.

This time around, the stars will be showing of their dancing ability instead of singing.

Oti Mabuse, Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall will all be putting their detective skills to the test as well as their celebrity knowledge.

Also, host Joel Dommett will be back again to lead the proceedings and host The Masked Dancer.

At the moment, ITV has declined on why Rita Ora will not be returning to The Masked Dancer judging panel.

But she is now Down Under as she gets ready to appear as a coach on The Voice Australia which means she’s unable to appear on The Masked Dancer.

Rita told Express.co.uk: “The Masked Dancer is going to be so much fun I can’t wait to watch you all. Sending so much love all the way from Australia.”

The Masked Dancer is coming soon to ITV

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