‘I wasn’t sure’ Motsi Mabuse on why she almost turned down Strictly

Motsi Mabuse wasn't 'sure' about taking the role as a strictly judge

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Motsi chatted to Alex Jones and Matt Baker on The One Show ahead of the release of her new autobiography.

The dancer-turned-judge starred in the German version of Strictly Come Dancing called Let’s Dance when she received the call from the BBC.

Motsi explained: “I wasn’t sure, I just became a mum and there was so much going on in my life, I never ever thought they’d call.

“I was like, ‘Should I? How would I do it?’ so I had a big conversation with my husband and with my sister – obviously she was on the show too.

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“I spoke with my parents too because this was a group decision and we spoke for hours and hours – everyone said ‘Do it, see what can happen and enjoy yourself.'”

Motsi’s sister former Strictly dancer Oti Mabuse lifted the Glitterball Trophy with Bill Bailey in 2020.

Despite the comfort of having a relative on the show, Motsi revealed the doubts she had about joining her took time to overcome.

She told presenter Alex: “We are first-time mums, we worry about everything.”

“It’s another country, I have been a judge for 15 years, another language, it was a lot and how would people take to me?”

Motsi has been a judge for the last three series and returns to the panel when the series returns later this month.

She reflected: “I was not thinking, ‘Okay you can do this, you’ve done this before’, I was just like ‘How is everybody going to react’.

“But then I was like ‘Trust the universe and you can do it.'”

The BBC One show kicks off with a pre-recorded show on September 17.

Motsi’s fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood has already tipped his winner for the new series.

The pantomime villain fancies Will Mellor to be victorious this year.

The judge remarked: “I think he’s got a real charm about him and I think he’ll be able to bring that onto the dance floor.”

Strictly celebrity hopefuls have already started to rehearse ahead of this year’s competition.

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