December 2, 2020

Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse replaced as shes forced to isolate and miss live shows – Mirror Online

https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/breaking-strictly-judge-motsi-mabuse-23002418

Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse will be replaced on the show it’s been revealed, as she self-isolates at home after an “urgent” trip to Germany.

As a result she will not be in the studio for at least two weeks until her quarantine period is over, missing the next couple of live shows.

She said on Twitter on Thursday: “Hi Guys – Earlier this week I needed to travel to Germany for an urgent reason.

“I will of course be following the UK Government guidelines and self-isolating for 14 days. I’ll be watching from home and by the power of technology, should be in your living rooms.

“Watch out though, I’ll be doing my own hair and make-up!”

A spokesman told Mirror online: “Motsi had to make an essential journey and will now be isolating for 14 days as per government guidelines.

Motsi Mabuse will miss Strictly this weekend, and possibly other shows
(Image: PA)

“We look forward to welcoming her back to the Strictly studio in a few weeks.”

The Sun online claim Anton Du Beke will replace the star, after his elimination earlier in the series – while the BBC are yet to confirm.

Motsi is still set to appear on the show virtually, but will be absent from the studio like fellow judge Bruno Tonioli, who is still in America.

Motsi took to Twitter to confirm the news

It comes as Katya Jones and Nicola Adams were forced to quit the series today, after Katya tested positive for coronavirus.

Nicola has tested negative, while she must stay in quarantine for 14 days as she has been in direct contact with Katya.

It Takes Two host Rylan Clark-Neal is also self-isolating, after coming into contact with someone with the virus.

Nicola and Katya have left the show
(Image: BBC / Kieron McCarron)

Gethin Jones has replaced Rylan on the show until he returns, while no one will replace Katya and Nicola.

Earlier today, Nicola said, “Hey guys! I’m absolutely devastated my Strictly journey has come to an end so soon. I had so much more to give and so many people to win this for!

“But I just want to say a huge thank you to Katya for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for.

It Takes Two host Rylan is self-isolating
(Image: BBC)

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“She pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it’s been an incredible experience.

“I’m gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the COVID measures in place are to keep everyone safe, and I’m doing what I can to help.

“I’ll be spending the next 14 days isolating so I’d like to apologise in advance for the ridiculous amount of TikToks I’ll be posting, in my new found free time when I’m not gaming!”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday on BBC One.