'Strictly' Judge Oti Mabuse Si...


'Strictly' Judge Oti Mabuse Signs Up For 'Dancing On Ice' Role

Fionnuala .Jones
Fionnuala .Jones

10:38 20 Dec 2021

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Hitting our screens early next year

Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse has reportedly signed up as a judge on Dancing On Ice.

The ITV competition show, hosted by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, returns in January 2022.

Professional ice-skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will return as judges, alongside Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo.

John Barrowman departed the judging panel earlier this year.

A source told The Sun: “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,” the insider added.

“She’s not cutting ties with the [BBC] 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.”

The lineup for Dancing On Ice 2022 includes Coronation Street legend Sally Dynevor, Happy Mondays dancer Bez, Paralympian Stef Reid, Love Island’s Liberty Poole, rugby star Ben Foden, and Pussycat Doll star Kimberly Wyatt.

Paul Gascoigne’s son Regan Gascoigne, pop star Rachel Stevens, The Vamps star Connor Ball, Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole, presenter Ria Hebden and BMX Olympic silver medalist Kye Whyte are also taking part.

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