Double champion Oti Mabuse left Strictly Come Dancing.
The 31-year-old professional dancer took to Instagram on Tuesday to confirm the news that she will not be returning to the BBC One dance show.
She left Strictly after winning the Glitterball Trophy for two consecutive years with Emmerdale star Calvin Fletcher, 37, and comedian Bill Bailey, 56.
“It’s never easy to say goodbye ♥ ️ I was part of the most amazing TV show, Strictly Come Dancing in the last seven years and it was an amazing time.
“I lift the glamorous ball twice and have the best trip with all my celebrities, but I also meet and work with the best team, crew, producers, celebrities and amazing professional dancers!
“You are my family and I adore you forever. Thank you @sarahjamesface @ jack.will.g and @jasongilkison for really believing in me
“Honestly, I’m so grateful to the BBC and I’ll always remember that Strictly and the BBC brought me to the UK – which I now call home and I’ve learned and grown so much. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Double champion Oti Mabuse leaves Strictly Come Dancing, MailOnline can reveal exclusively (pictured in 2019)
“I can’t describe in words how difficult this decision was, but I decided not to return for the next series.
“Dancing will always be my first love and to everyone, especially my family, friends, strict fans and judges, who have been my support throughout my strict journey, thank you for being amazing!
“You are irreplaceable in my heart and you made everyday life unforgettable! I love you.
“I will always continue to dance! and I will never forget my amazing Strictly experience! Lots of love Oti xxx. ‘
Strictly Come Dancing paid tribute to Oti in a statement shared on their social media pages.
It read: “Otti has been a really wonderful part of Strictly for the last seven years.
“Her energy, creativity and talent have contributed to so many of the most memorable moments in the show and she will miss her a lot, not only the audience, but the whole team.
“She leaves a dazzling legacy behind, as the only professional dancer to lift the Glitterball trophy in two consecutive years.
“We could no longer be proud of Otti and what she has achieved. She will also be at the heart of our Strictly family and we wish her success in her already bright future.
Her confirmation comes after a TV source revealed to MailOnline earlier this week: “Otti had a fantastic time at Strictly, she has achieved more than she could have dreamed of, but now is the right time for her to explore new and exciting opportunities. who came her way.
“She will always be grateful to Strictly for giving her a platform in the UK and for the memorable experiences she has had over the years.
“Now she is looking forward to working on new projects and following in her sister’s footsteps in judging.”
Strict Judge Motzi, 40, is leading the career of her younger sister Otti and giving her advice on how to become a top judge on television.
She made her judge debut in 2019 with Cheryl Tweedy, 38, in the BBC series One The Greatest Dancer, but her move to the ITV show The Masked Dancer impressed bosses, which eventually led to her role as judge at Dancing On Ice.
The South African dancer was recently revealed as the host of the new ITV Romeo & Duet show, telling her Instagram followers this week: “My heart is just full of excitement and joy at this announcement.”
Otti made her first appearance in Strictly in 2015, when she partnered with 33-year-old Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo, finishing in 14th place.
The following year, she reached the final with Hollyoaks actor Danny Mack, 33, losing to eventual winner Ore Oduba, 36.
In 2017, she partnered with Paralympian Johnny Peacock, 28, to finish in 8th place before performing with Graham Swan, 42, for the series on the 2018 show, where she was knocked out in Week 8.
She became only the second professional dancer to win the show twice, raising Glitterball with Kelvin in 2019 and Bill in 2020.
During her last series in 2021, she starred with rugby ace Hugo Monier, 38, finishing 11th in the season affected by Covid.
In April last year, Otti hinted that 2021 could be her last season in Strictly.
She said: “I love to dance and I also love to bring joy to so many people, but I think so [this year’s Strictly] will be the last.
“Being part of a show like Strictly, which is so diverse in every sense of the word, is amazing.”
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