Oti Mabuse unlikely to return to Strictly Come Dancing after landing Dance On Ice role

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Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse will not be returning to the BBC One ballroom competition next year after replacing John Barrowman on Dancing On Ice, an expert has claimed. It was confirmed yesterday that the professional dancer would join the ITV ice skating show next month alongside fellow judges Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo Although nothing’s been set in stone, celebrity publicist Harry Rutter believes Oti won’t return to the BBC next year. 

Dancing On Ice will be the second primetime ITV show the 31-year-old dancer has signed up for after appearing as a judge on The Masked Dancer earlier this year. 

Despite being months away from BBC bosses making any judging decisions for the next series of Strictly, Harry suspects she won’t set foot in the ballroom again. 

“Oti has been doing Strictly Come Dancing since 2015 and has built up a substantial audience both on TV and online, this is something ITV would have taken into account,” he told The Metro.

Oti will replace John on Dancing On Ice who was on the judging panel since 2019 after appearing as a contestant in 2006.

Celebrity PR Harry predicts a big-money contract will draw Oti to ITV after six years at the BBC.

He added: “It is very rare that talent would switch between BBC and ITV shows, this would have been an almost too good to be true offer for Oti – one she couldn’t refuse.

“Audience invest in talent and people, which is why they tune in if their favourite celeb launches a new venture or game show, I can see that happening with Oti.

“The Strictly star has over 635,000 loyal followers on Instagram who will all now, if they don’t already, be tuning into Dancing On Ice because they’re invested in Oti as a personality.

“This is a fantastic career move for Oti, landing on a new network with new viewers and increasing her overall following by appearing on an extremely well-known TV show with even more loyal viewers.”

Oti won Strictly Come Dancing in both 2019 and 2020 with soap star Keven Fletcher and comedian Bill Bailey. 

Harry explained: “I’m assuming Oti fancied a change of scene after doing strictly for over fives years and the ITV offer came just at the right time.

“I can’t imagine a return to Strictly after joining a primetime ITV show. 

“There definitely comes a point where stars just fancy a change. 

“It’s a deal that, if done correctly, works both ways for the stars and networks, almost like transferring audiences thanks to loyal fans and viewers.”

He added: “Moves like this don’t often happen, but it’s more than likely that a very tempting offer was put on the table by ITV bosses.” 

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will return to present the upcoming series of Dancing On Ice. 

The 2022 line-up includes Love Island’s Liberty Poole, Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor and Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt. 

Rugby star Ben Foden, Happy Mondays dancer Bez and Paralympian Stef Ried will also be starring in the show along with dancer Regan Gascoigne, singer Rachel Stevens, professional dancer Brendan Cole, presenter Ria Hebden, BMX Olympic silver medallist Kye Whyte and The Vamps’ Connor Ball.

The new season of Dancing On Ice will air on ITV and the ITV Hub in January. 

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