Strictly Come Dancing 2019: ‘I was crying’ Oti Mabuse broke down behind-the-scenes

Strictly Come Dancing is only three months away from returning to television screens with a brand new celebrity contestant line-up. 

In the meantime, fans knows all the professional dancers are going to be returning and amongst them is favourite Oti Mabuse. 

She has now spoken out about the first time she went for a costume fitting ahead of her debut on the dancing competition, which left her in tears. 

During a segment on ITV’s chat show Lorraine, Oti discussed how upset she got with her body when she had to be measured up for her outfits. 

“I do have a bigger chest, I am quite small around my waist and the rest of my body and I think that became a real issue for me doing sports and dancing,” Oti began. 

“Strictly opened a lot of doors to me. I remember fitting my first bra and I was crying. I was like ‘this looks so bad and I look so massive compared to the other girls’. 

“Nobody picked on me for it and no-one discriminated against me for it and nobody said anything in a negative way. 

“I think that helped me and my self-esteem and my nerves about being out in a bra with sequins on.” 

Oti, who revealed her current bra size to be 28GG, explained her experience of puberty and said: “All my family has always had big boobs. 

“I was hitting puberty way before the other girls were. As a 12-year-old girl going in and saying ‘I’m looking for a B cup,’ that sounds unrealistic. 

“I’m lucky that my mum has the same issue and she was able to teach me how to deal with it. As a young girl I was always wearing jerseys over it.” 

Fans have seen Oti take part in the show since series 13, and during her time she has been partnered with Anthony Ogogo, Danny Mac and Jonnie Peacock. 

More recently, she teamed up with Graeme Swann and the couple made it to week 10. 

However, there is talk the professional dancer, who is also a judge on BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer, may be turning her efforts to the judging table. 

Dame Darcey Bussell announced she would be stepping down from her role on the panel earlier this year and it seems the fans are calling for Oti to take over. 

Current odds from bookmaker Ladbrokes have suggested Oti has a 8/1 chance of leaving the dance floor for the golden paddles. 

Other potential candidates for the job are Anton Du Beke with a 10/11 chance and Karen Hardy at 3/1. 

These professional and former professional dancers face stiff competition from Ian Waite who took part in seven series of Strictly. 

The likelihood of him joining the judging panel is 5/1 as he currently appears on It Takes Two as an expert who comments on the rehearsal footage. 

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this autumn. 

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