Dancing on Ice: Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse joins judging panel

Dancer is replacing John Barrowman on judging panel

Isobel Lewis
Wednesday 22 December 2021 07:13
Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse dance to The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse is joining the judging panel on Dancing on Ice.

The professional ballroom dancer will join Jane Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo on the 2022 series of Dancing on Ice.

The news was announced on Wednesday (22 December) morning, with a tweet reading: “Welcome to the Dancing On Ice family, Oti Mabuse! Meet the judges for the brand-new series, returning this January on ITV and ITV Hub.”

Mabuse is one of the most popular pros on Strictly, having joined the show in 2015 and won the series in both 2019 and 2020 with Kelvin Fletcher and Bill Bailey respectively.

This series she was eliminated in week five along with partner Ugo Monye.

The South African TV personality has previously appeared as a judge on the BBC series The Greatest Dancer and ITV’s The Masked Dancer. Her sister Motsi is also a judge on Strictly.

Mabuse will replace John Barrowman on the Dancing on Ice line-up, after it was confirmed in October that he would not be returning to the show amid allegations that he would regularly expose his penis to cast members on other projects he had worked on.

However, ITV denied that this was the reason for Barrowman not returning, saying: “We thank John Barrowman for two brilliant years on the Dancing On Ice panel.”

You can see all the celebrities competing on Dancing on Ice in January here.

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