Oti Mabuse 'to be replaced on Strictly by polish Jowita Przystal'

Oti Mabuse ‘to be replaced on Strictly Come Dancing by polish professional Jowita Przystal’ – after she announced show exit to focus on other judge roles

Oti Mabuse will be replaced on Strictly Come Dancing by polish professional Jowita Przystal, according to a new report.  

The professional dancer, 31, took to Instagram on Tuesday where she confirmed that she wouldn’t be returning to the BBC One programme this autumn. 

Oti wants to pursue other TV opportunities having established herself as a talent show judge with roles on ITV’s The Masked Dancer and the current series of Dancing On Ice.

Rumours: Oti Mabuse will be replaced on Strictly Come Dancing by polish professional Jowita Przystal (pictured), according to a new report

And now it has been claimed that Jowita, 27, – who only joined the team of dancers last year but wasn’t partnered with a celebrity in the last series – will fill her shoes.  

Jowita made her debut in the show’s Christmas special last December where she was partnered with Adrian Childs. 

A source told The Sun of Jowita: ‘She is very much seen as a rising star within the show’s team of dancers.

Sad: The professional dancer, 31, took to Instagram on Tuesday where she confirmed that she wouldn’t be returning to the BBC One programme this autumn

‘And producers like to continually introduce fresh blood to the Strictly troupe. That was one of the reasons they brought Oti into the show seven years ago when she was relatively unknown.’

The BBC has been contacted by MailOnline for a comment.  

Oti was Jowita’s mentor when she appeared on BBC1 dance contest, The Greatest Dancer, which she went on to win in 2020 with her partner and boyfriend, Michael Danilczuk. 

Oti leaves Strictly after winning the Glitterball trophy for two consecutive years with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, 37, and comedian Bill Bailey, 56.  

Star: Jowita made her debut in the show’s Christmas special last December where she was partnered with Adrian Childs

In her leaving announcement Oti shared a selection of photographs highlighting her time on Strictly, with snaps of herself alongside her celebrity partners, and a group shot from the latest series.

She captioned the post: ‘Never easy to say goodbye ♥️ I have been part of the most amazing TV show, Strictly Come Dancing for the past seven years and it has been an incredible time.  

‘Lifting the glitter ball twice and having the best journey with all my celebrities, but also meeting and working with the best team, crew, producers, celebs and incredible professional dancers!

‘You are my family and I adore you all forever. Thank you @sarahjamesface @jack.will.g and @jasongilkison  for truly believing in me. 

Fame: Oti was Jowita’s mentor when she appeared on BBC1 dance contest, The Greatest Dancer, which she went on to win in 2020 with her partner and boyfriend, Michael Danilczuk (Michael pictured congratulating her for joining Strictly) 

‘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 into 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. I will always Keeeep Dancing! and I will never forget my amazing Strictly experience! Lots of Love Oti xxx.’ 

Career: Oti wants to pursue other TV opportunities having established herself as a talent show judge with roles on ITV’s The Masked Dancer and the current series of Dancing On Ice (pictured on DOI) 

Shortly after her own announcement, Strictly Come Dancing paid tribute to Oti in a statement shared on their social media pages.  

It read: ‘Oti has been a truly wonderful part of Strictly for the past seven years. 

‘Her energy, creativity and talent have contributed to so many of the show’s most memorable moments and she will be hugely missed, not only by viewers, but the entire team.

‘She leaves a dazzling legacy behind her, as the only professional dancer to lift the Glitterball trophy in two consecutive years.

‘We couldn’t be prouder of Oti and what she has achieved. She will also be at the very heart of our Strictly family and we wish her every success in her already bright future.’

Her confirmation came after a TV source revealed to MailOnline earlier this week: ‘Oti has had a fantastic time on Strictly, she has achieved more than she could have ever dreamed of but now is the right time for her to explore new and exciting opportunities that have come her way. 

‘She will always be thankful to Strictly for giving her a platform in the UK and the memorable experiences that’s had over the years.

‘Now she is looking forward to working on new projects and following in her sister’s steps into judging.’   

Strictly judge Motsi, 40, has been guiding younger sister Oti’s foray into judging and giving her tips. 

She made her judging debut in 2019 alongside Cheryl Tweedy, 38, in BBC One series The Greatest Dancer but her switch to ITV show The Masked Dancer impressed bosses, eventually leading to her role of judge on Dancing On Ice.

Double champ! Oti won the glitterball for the first time with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, 37 (pictured in 2019)

The South African dancer was also recently revealed as the host of new ITV dating show Romeo & Duet, telling her Instagram followers last month: ‘My heart is just full with excitement and joy about this announcement.’    

Oti is an eight-time South African Latin American Champion and first joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 when she was partnered with Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo, 33, finishing in 14th place.

The following year she reached the final with Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac, 33, losing out to eventual winner Ore Oduba, 36.

In 2017, she was partnered with Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, 28, finishing in 8th place before performing with Graeme Swann, 42, for the show’s 2018 series, where she was knocked out in Week 8.   

She became only the second professional dancer to win the show twice, lifting the Glitterball with Kelvin in 2019 and Bill in 2020.

During her final series in 2021 she starred with rugby ace Ugo Monye, 38, finishing 11th in the Covid-hit season.

In April last year, Oti hinted 2021 could be her final season on Strictly.

She said: ‘I love to dance and also I love bringing joy to so many people, but I think that [this year’s Strictly] will be the last one.

‘To be part of a show like Strictly, which is so diverse in every sense of the word, is incredible.’

Bye, team! Oti shared a selection of photographs highlighting her time on Strictly in her exit announcement, with snaps of herself with all of her celebrity partners, and a group shot from the latest series

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