Strictly Come Dancing bosses ‘fear Oti Mabuse will quit the show’ after getting job on The Masked Dancer

Strictly Come Dancing bosses ‘fear Oti Mabuse will quit the show’ after getting job on The Masked Dancer

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After she landed a job as a judge on ITV's The Masked Dancer, Strictly Come Dancing bosses are reportedly in fear of Oti Mabuse quitting the show.

The professional dancer, who has replaced Rita Ora on The Masked Singer's spin-off series, is said to have left producers panicking over her new job.

A source told The Sun: "Oti has been inundated with offers. Her profile has really blown up since she joined Strictly and she has had ideas pitched from a number of major channels.

"The BBC are now growing increasingly worried that her time on Strictly is numbered. She really is passionate about her dance school, and is batting off TV offers left right and centre.

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"Throw the commitment of The Masked Dancer into the mix and suddenly her year might look quite different, as Strictly is a big undertaking. Producers fear she's outgrown the show."

The insider went on to explain that although Oti, 30, is still yet to sign a deal for Strictly Come Dancing 2021, it could be her last year.

"Oti is yet to sign this year's deal and, while the mood music seems to suggest she will, it's making a few people uneasy.

"Even if she does, it means it could be her final year. They'd rather lock her down for this year at least – and beyond if they can," the source shared.

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OK! Online have contacted a representative for Strictly Come Dancing for a comment.

Following the announcement of her joining The Masked Dancer, Oti shared her excitement and said she can't wait to begin shooting for the series.

She gushed: "I'm so thrilled and honoured to be joining the panel on The Masked Dancer. I'm a huge fan of The Masked Singer and I loved the US Masked Dancer so I just can't wait to start on this show.

"As a dancer I will be watching the dancers intently looking for clues – it's going to be so much fun!"

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The South African dancer, who looked so different with a cute pixie crop, first joined Stricly in 2015 and has been a part of the show for six years.

Oti has had plenty of success in the show, after winning two consecutive series, with Kelvin Fletcher and Bill Bailey respectively.

She also ended up in second place on the 14th series with former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac.

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