‘Can’t be dancing forever’ Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse teases exit after 2021 show

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Strictly Come Dancing confirmed in March that Oti Mabuse, along with the rest of 2020’s professional line-up, will return for the 2021 series. However, it seems this could be Oti’s final year on the Strictly dance floor after she discussed other opportunities for her career.

Oti has become a favourite among Strictly fans over the years as she’s broken records on the show.

She made Strictly history last year by becoming the first pro dancer to win the Glitterball Trophy two years in a row.

She won the 2020 series alongside her celebrity partner, comedian Bill Bailey.

Just a year earlier she won the 2019 series with former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher.

Oti’s opened up about her time on the BBC dance show in an interview with The Telegraph.

She suggested this year may be her final year, saying: “I love to dance and also I love bringing joy to so many people. But I think that will be the last one.”

She added dancing is her life, but she “can’t be dancing forever”.

However, the good news is Oti seems to have plenty of opportunities up her sleeve for when she does leave the Strictly Ballroom behind.

Oti’s suggested she could end up working more on her dance studio in the future or get involved in other TV projects.

She described how lucky she felt to have such opportunities, saying: ”Never in a million years did I think I can open my own Oti Mabuse Dance Studio and teach, and do something else I love.

“Having choices like The Masked Dancer and live presenting was only possible for me because of coming to the UK.

“There are so many possibilities here. When I was growing up in Pretoria there were none,” she added.

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Oti’s also praised the BBC show for its diversity, admitting she’s expecting to see a male same-sex couple competing on the next series.

“To be part of a show like Strictly, which is so diverse in every sense of the word, is incredible,” she said.

“You almost forget this year we had JJ (Chalmers, Invictus Games champion) and Will (Bayley, Paralympic athlete) the year before, it’s become a normal thing.

“I’m sure they will have a male same-sex couple this year,” she revealed.

Fans were thrilled to see Oti on the dance floor last year, as the 2020 series was still able to go ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Oti is currently set to return to the show for the next series which is due to air in autumn.

It’s currently too early for producers to reveal the celebrity line-up, but some fans are already speculating about who could be on the list.

Strictly Come Dancing will return in Autumn 2021.

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