Strictly's Oti Mabuse shows off her real short hair as she returns to her hometown in South Africa

Strictly's Oti Mabuse shows off her real short hair as she returns to her hometown in South Africa

January 3, 2022

STRICTLY'S Oti Mabuse showed off her stunning natural hair as she returned to her hometown in South Africa.

The professional dancer looked radiant as she posed for a candid snap unveiling her shorter hairdo.

Wearing a classic black vest top, the 31-year-old star admired the views and wrote: "Truly special."

Oti is usually known for her long tresses and often styles her hair differently depending on the dances each week on the BBC One show.

The TV favourite, who was partnered with rugby star Ugo Monye on the last series, has been enjoying a well-deserved break before she returns as the newest judge on ITV's Dancing on Ice.

The Strictly Come Dancing professional landed the big TV gig after starring on the BBC prime-time show for six years.

She will replace John Barrowman, 54, on the series after he was axed following allegations he exposed himself on the sets of BBC’s Doctor Who and spin-off show Torchwood.

South African-born Oti will sit on the expert judging panel alongside Olympic ice-skating greats Jayne Torvill, 64, and Christopher Dean, 63, and also Diversity’s Ashley Banjo, 33, when filming begins next month.

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A TV source said: “Signing up Oti is a brilliant coup for ITV bosses. They’re really excited about her joining the show.

“She has excellent dance experience and technical knowledge,  an infectious on-screen energy and has a massive fanbase from her time on Strictly, which helps draw viewers.

“It’s also a great move for Oti’s career and the obvious next step for her.”

Our source said Oti has adored her time on Strictly, but knows this is a great opportunity.

They said: “She’s not cutting ties with the Beeb altogether and is open to more future projects.

“But she’s looking forward to having a well-earned break over Christmas so she can get stuck into Dancing on Ice next month.”

Oti has won the Glitterball trophy twice  — with comedian Bill Bailey, 56, last year and actor Kelvin Fletcher, 37, in 2019.

But she left earlier than hoped this year while paired with sports pundit Ugo Monye, 38.

Her future on Strictly will not be known until February, when the show’s contract negotiations are due to take place — but it is possible she may not return next year.

She has proven her worth as a TV judge on former BBC show The Greatest Dancer and, more recently, on ITV’s The Masked Dancer, which she will return to next year.  

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