Motsi Mabuse tips CBBC’s Rhys Stephenson as one to watch on Strictly 2021

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Motsi Mabuse has tipped CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson as one to watch on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Speaking exclusively to OK!, the South African starlet revealed she’s already been checking out this year's contestants, as well as researching them and their skills.

Telling us she’d seen clips of Rhys dancing, Motsi, who waltzed her way onto the judging panel in series 17, said: “I’ve already started to look the celebrities up on YouTube and social media to get a feeling of them. It’s quite a young cast so they will be very physical.

“I also saw some videos of Rhys [Stephenson from CCBC] dancing. Some of them are going to be really good!”

Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly Ramsay is the youngest of this year’s cast at 19 years old, while Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty is only 26.

Former CBBC presenter Angellica Bell also recently tipped Rhys for greatness, too.

She said of her pal: "He’s a great booking in terms of letting another audience tap into that show. So many CBBC presenters have done well – it’s a great place to learn your craft and diversify."

Angellica continued: "When you present to children you have to let yourself go.

“Children see the whites of your eyes – they know if you’re being honest.

"It’s lovely for me seeing talent from that pool expressing themselves in different ways.”

And Motsi, 40, is bursting with excitement for a new series of the BBC One show and can’t wait to be back in the Strictly studio.

"Everyone’s really looking forward to it," she said. "The fans go crazy and every day on social media say, ‘Motsi, we can’t wait!’”

Viewers fell in love with the star and her infectious personality when she joined the panel back in 2019, replacing Dame Darcey Bussell, who departed the show to give more time to her other commitments in dance.

Darcey wrote on Instagram of her exit: "It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly, working with such a talented team.

"I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire backstage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.

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"I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having gone any better.

"I know I will miss being part of this unique show and the fact that it celebrates dance is something I am so passionate about. I hope that I may be very lucky to be asked back again one day.”

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