Oti Mabuse

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Oti Mabuse
Born
Otlile Mabuse

(1990-08-08) 8 August 1990 (age 32)
EducationTshwane University of Technology
OccupationBallroom dancer
Spouse
Marius Iepure
(m. 2014)
Partner(s)Keoikantse Motsepe[2]
(2000–2013)[3][failed verification]
RelativesMotsi Mabuse (sister)[4]

Otlile "Oti" Mabuse (born 8 August 1990)[5] is a South African talent show judge, presenter, dancer and Latin dance champion currently based in the United Kingdom.[6] She is best known for being a professional dancer on the British television series Strictly Come Dancing, which she won in 2019 and 2020, and its German equivalent, Let's Dance.[7] She was a Dance Captain on The Greatest Dancer. Since 2021, she has been a panellist on The Masked Dancer and became a judge on Dancing on Ice in 2022.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Mabuse was born in Pretoria, and studied civil engineering at university[9] before embarking on a career in professional ballroom dancing. Her elder sister, Motsi Mabuse, is also a professional ballroom dancer. Oti has participated in the German series Let's Dance as a professional dancer, after which she joined Britain's Strictly Come Dancing.

Dancing career[edit]

Mabuse won the South African Latin American Championship eight times, after which she moved to Germany to broaden her dancing horizons. She has earned a number of titles in her dancing career; including:[1]

  • third place in World Cup Freestyle Latin in 2014,
  • second place European Championship Latin in 2014 and
  • first place in German Championship PD Freestyle Latin.

Let's Dance[edit]

In 2015, Mabuse appeared as a professional dancer on the eighth season of Let's Dance, the German version of Strictly Come Dancing.

She was partnered with singer Daniel Küblböck. The couple were eliminated in week 9, finishing in sixth place.

In 2016, Mabuse returned as a professional dancer for the ninth season of Let's Dance. She was partnered with television presenter Niels Ruf. The couple were the first to be eliminated in week 2, leaving in 14th place.

Season 8: with celebrity partner Daniel Küblböck[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
González M Mabuse Llambi
1 Quickstep / "You're The One That I Want" 6 6 3 15 Safe
2 Rumba / "Mad World" 6 6 4 16 Safe
3 Contemporary / "Jeanny" 6 8 6 20 Safe
4 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Tragedy" 5 5 2 12 Safe
5 Waltz / "Yesterday" 6 6 2 14 Bottom two
6 Hip-Hop / "Sing" 7 7 5 19 Safe
7 Jazz & Paso Doble / "Born This Way" 8 7 4 19 Bottom two
8 Samba / "Livin' la Vida Loca"
Disco Marathon / "Ich will immer weider...dieses Fiber spür'n"
7
Awarded
7
10
5
points
19
29
Safe
9 Tango / "When Doves Cry"
Rock n' Roll / "Surfin' U.S.A."
6
6
6
7
2
4
14
17
Eliminated

Season 9: with celebrity partner Niels Ruf[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
González Mabuse Llambi
1 Viennese Waltz / "Where the Wild Roses Grow" 3 3 2 8 Bottom three
2 Jive / "Bad Boy" 2 3 1 6 Eliminated

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Highest and lowest scoring performances per dance

In 2015, Mabuse appeared as a professional on the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing. She was partnered with Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo. The couple were eliminated in Week 3, finishing in 14th place. That year, she also participated in the Children in Need and Christmas specials of the show, in which she partnered with actors Jack Ashton and Tom Chambers respectively.

In 2016, Mabuse was partnered with former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac for the show's 14th series. The couple reached the final and finished as runners-up. For the show's 15th series in 2017, she was partnered with Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock, they were eliminated in Week 9 in eighth place. She was paired with England cricketer Graeme Swann for the show's 16th series, they were eliminated in Week 10 in seventh place.

In 2019, for her fifth stint on the show, she was partnered with former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher, who replaced her originally announced partner, Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing, who had to withdraw from the show after sustaining a foot injury when dancing on the launch show. They went on to become the winners of the series. Laing was confirmed as a contestant for the 18th series the following year, but was re-partnered with fellow professional Karen Hauer, in which Mabuse was partnered with comedian and actor, Bill Bailey, reaching the final and became series winners, with Mabuse becoming the second pro to win the show twice (the other being Aliona Vilani who won series 9 and series 13) and the only pro to win twice in succession.

On 18 April 2021, two weeks after being unveiled as part of 19th series of the show, Mabuse revealed that this would most likely be her last. On 22 February 2022, Mabuse confirmed she was leaving the show after seven years.[10]

Series Partner Place Average
Score
13 Anthony Ogogo 14th 19.7
14 Danny Mac 2nd 36.6
15 Jonnie Peacock 8th 25.8
16 Graeme Swann 7th 26.0
17 Kelvin Fletcher 1st 36.4
18 Bill Bailey 33.4
19 Ugo Monye 11th 23.5

Series 13: with celebrity partner Anthony Ogogo[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Craig Revel
Horwood
Darcey
Bussell
Len
Goodman
Bruno
Tonioli
1 Jive / "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" 4 5 6 6 21 No Elimination
2 Waltz / "If You Don't Know Me by Now" 4 5 5 5 19 Safe
3 Paso Doble / "Eye of the Tiger" 4 6 5 4 19 Eliminated

Series 14: with celebrity partner Danny Mac[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Craig Revel
Horwood
Darcey
Bussell
Len
Goodman
Bruno
Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Cake by the Ocean" 8 8 7 8 31 No Elimination
2 Viennese Waltz / "Never Tear Us Apart" 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
3 Paso Doble / "El Sambrero Blanco" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
4 Quickstep / "I Won't Dance" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
5 Rumba / "How Will I Know" 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
6 Foxtrot / "Take Me to Church" 7 8 7 8 30 Safe
7 Jive / "Long Tall Sally" 9 10 9 10 38 Safe
8 Argentine Tango / "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" 9 9 10 10 38 Safe
9 Charleston / "Puttin' On the Ritz" 10 10 10 10 40 Safe
10 Samba / "Magalenha"
Cha-cha-cha Challenge / "I Like It Like That"
10
Awarded
10
5
10
extra
10
points
40
45
Safe
11 Tango / "One Night Only" 9 10 9 10 38 Safe
12 Salsa / "Vivir Mi Vida
American Smooth / "Misty Blue"
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
37
39
Bottom two
13 Quickstep / "I Won't Dance"
Showdance / "Set Fire to the Rain"
Samba / "Magalenha"
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
36
40
40
Runner-up

Series 15: with celebrity partner Jonnie Peacock[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Bussell Ballas Tonioli
1 Waltz / "When I Need You" 4 5 5 6 20 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Johnny B. Goode" 6 7 8 8 29 Safe
3 Paso Doble / "The Raider's March" 6 6 7 7 26 Safe
4 American Smooth / "Cry Me a River" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
5 Quickstep / "Part-Time Lover" 7 8 9 # 24 Safe
6 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Troublemaker" 4 6 5 5 20 Safe
7 Salsa / "Turn Me On" 6 7 7 7 27 Safe
8 Foxtrot / "Someone like You" 4 5 6 6 21 Bottom two
9 Tango / "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" 6 7 6 7 26 Eliminated

# Bruno Tonioli was absent and there was no guest judge.

Series 16: with celebrity partner Graeme Swann[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Craig Revel
Horwood
Darcey
Bussell
Shirley
Ballas
Bruno
Tonioli
1 Samba / "Soul Limbo" 5 6 6 5 22 No Elimination
2 American Smooth / "Try a Little Tenderness" 3 5 3 4 15 Safe
3 Charleston / "Spider-Man" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
4 Jive / "Don't Stop Me Now" 5 7 7 7 26 Safe
5 Tango / "Roxanne" 6 7 8 8# 29 Safe
6 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Thriller" 4 5 6 6 21 Bottom two
7 Waltz / "The Last Waltz" 6 7 8 8 29 Safe
8 Salsa / "Follow the Leader" 7 8 8 8 31 Bottom two
9 Jazz / "The Trolley Song" 7 8 8 9 32 Bottom two
10 Quickstep / Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)"
Lindy Hop-a-thon / "Do Your Thing"
6
Awarded
6
2
6
Extra
6
Points
24
26
Eliminated

# Bruno Tonioli was absent; Alfonso Ribeiro was guest judge.

Series 17: with celebrity partner Kelvin Fletcher[edit]

Mabuse was originally paired with Jamie Laing, however he had to pull out due to a foot injury whilst the recording of the launch show. Laing was replaced with Kelvin Fletcher, just before the start of the live shows.

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Craig Revel
Horwood
Motsi
Mabuse
Shirley
Ballas
Bruno
Tonioli
1 Samba / "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" 8 8 8 8 32 No Elimination
2 Waltz / "What the World Needs Now is Love" 7 7 7 7 28 Safe
3 Charleston / "Trip a Little Light Fantastic" 9 9 10 10 38 Safe
4 Rumba / "Ain't No Sunshine" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
5 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Get Stupid" 8 8 8 9# 33 Safe
6 Tango / "Bad Guy" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
7 Viennese Waltz / "Say Something" 8 9 8 9 34 Safe
8 Salsa / "Let's Hear It for the Boy" 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
9 Jive / "Jailhouse Rock" 9 10 10 10 39 Safe
10 Street / "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" 8 10 10 10 38 Safe
11 American Smooth / "Gaston" 9 10 10 10 39 Safe
12 Quickstep / "The Lady Is a Tramp"
Paso Doble / "Seven Nation Army"
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
40
37
Safe
13 Rumba / "Ain't No Sunshine"
Showdance / "Shout"
Samba / "La Vida Es Un Carnaval"
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
39
40
39
Winners

# Bruno Tonioli was absent; Alfonso Ribeiro was guest judge.

Series 18: with celebrity partner Bill Bailey[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Ballas Mabuse
1 Cha Cha Cha / "Pata Pata" 3 6 6 15 No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "Talk to the Animals" 8 8 8 24 Safe
3 Paso Doble / "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" 8 9 9 26 Safe
4 Street / "Rapper's Delight" 8 10 9# 27 Safe
5 American Smooth / "I've Got You Under My Skin" 8 9 8# 25 Safe
6 Jive / "One Way or Another" 8 8 8 24 Safe
7 Argentine Tango / "The Phantom of the Opera" 8 8 8 24 Safe
8 Charleston / "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey"
Tango / "Enter Sandman"
8
8
8
7
9
8
25
23
Safe
9 Quickstep / "Talk to the Animals"
Showdance / "The Show Must Go On"
Street / "Rapper's Delight"
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
29
30
29
Winners

# Motsi Mabuse was absent; Anton du Beke was guest judge.

Series 19: with celebrity partner Ugo Monye[edit]

Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Revel Horwood Mabuse Ballas Du Beke
1 Samba / "Iko Iko (My Bestie)" 3 5 5 5 18 No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "Bring Me Sunshine" 5 7 7 6 25 Safe
3 Couple's Choice / "You're Welcome" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz / "I've Been Loving You Too Long - - - - - Given bye
5 Rumba / "Leave the Door Open" 3 6 5 6 20 Eliminated

Dance tours and other professional engagements[edit]

  • 2017 - Mabuse took part in the national Strictly Come Dancing - The Live Tour with her celebrity partner Danny Mac. They were voted the winners of more individual shows than any other couple by the audience.
  • 2017 - In August, Mabuse and Ian Waite announced a 60-date 2018 UK tour An Audience With.[11][12] She was a contestant on an episode of Tipping Point: Lucky Stars.
  • 2018 - In October, Mabuse announced she would be teaching at Donahey's Dancing with The Stars Weekends in 2019.[13]
  • 2019 - Mabuse became a dance captain on The Greatest Dancer, alongside Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and later Todrick Hall.
  • 2019 - Mabuse was a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef.
  • 2019 - Mabuse was shortlisted (nominated) for BroadwayWorld UK Awards - Best Choreography of a New Production of a Play or Musical for her work Kiss Me, Kate at the Watermill Theatre.[14]
  • 2020 - Mabuse became the new host of Boogie Beebies.[15]
  • 2020 - Mabuse was a contestant on the Christmas Special of Michael McIntyre's The Wheel.
  • 2021 - On 4 March, it was announced that Mabuse would be a panelist on a brand new ITV show, The Masked Dancer UK, a spin off of The Masked Singer UK, replacing Rita Ora's position in the original show.[8]
  • 2021 - On 22 December, it was confirmed that Mabuse will replace John Barrowman on the judging panel of the 14th series of Dancing On Ice.
  • 2022 - In February, Mabuse announced that she was leaving Strictly after seven series.
  • 2022 - from April, Mabuse worked as the choreographer of the UK and Ireland production of The Cher Show, which will tour the country.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, Mabuse married Romanian dancer Marius Iepure, whom she met in Germany.[17] They currently live in London after moving there from Germany in 2015.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2015–2016 Let's Dance Herself Professional dancer (Seasons 8–9)
2015–2021 Strictly Come Dancing Professional dancer (Series 13–19)
2019–2020 The Greatest Dancer Judge
2019–2021 Lorraine 7 episodes
2019–2020 This Morning 4 episodes
2019 Celebrity MasterChef Contestant
2020 Boogie Beebies Host (Series 3)
2020–2021 Morning Live Presenter (10 episodes)
2020 Michael McIntyre's The Wheel Contestant (Christmas Special)
2021 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 3 episodes
2021–present The Masked Dancer UK Panelist [8]
2021 RuPaul's Drag Race UK: "Dragoton" Choreographer, guest judge [18]
2022–present Dancing on Ice Judge [8]
2022 Romeo & Duet Presenter [19]
Oti Mabuse: My South Africa BBC One documentary [20]
Olivier Awards Guest Presenter 2022 Ceremony
The Big Narstie Show Guest Series 5 Episode 1 [21]
Celebrity Catchphrase Christmas Special Herself Contestant [22]
On Christmas Night Presenter Story of the first Christmas from the Gospel according to St Luke [23]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Oti Mabuse, Dance with Oti, Walker Books, London, 27 May 2021. ISBN 9781406399967.
  • Oti Mabuse, Dance with Oti: the lion samba, Walker Books, London, 7 July 2022. ISBN 9781529500783.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BBC One - Strictly Come Dancing - Oti Mabuse". BBC. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Keoikantse Motsepe (South Africa) & Otile Mabuse (South Africa)". DancesportInfo. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Marius Iepure (Germany) & Otile Mabuse (South Africa)". DancesportInfo. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Oti Mabuse and her sisters (Instagram)". Archived from the original on 23 December 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Otile Mabuse : Client Portfolios : Olivia Belle". Olivia Belle Management. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b Winship, Lyndsey (12 March 2019). "Strictly's Oti Mabuse: 'I still wear £5 leggings – I work for the BBC!'". TheGuardian.com. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Who is Oti Mabuse? Strictly Come Dancing 2016 professional dancers guide". Radio Times. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d "ITV commissions The Masked Dancer". Press Centre. 4 March 2021. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Dream Comes True as BBC Welcomes 'Hot' South African Dancer to 'Strictly' Show". SAPeople.com. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  10. ^ Lawler, Danielle (19 April 2021). "Who Oti Mabuse: 'The next Strictly will be my last'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  11. ^ "An Audience with website". Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  12. ^ "New UK Tour Announced For STRICTLY COME DANCING Stars Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse". Broadway World. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  13. ^ "5* Weekend Break with the Stars of BBC Strictly Come Dancing". www.donaheys.co.uk.
  14. ^ Swain, Marianka (21 October 2019). "Shortlist Announced For The 2019 BroadwayWorld UK Awards". broadwayworld.com.
  15. ^ McGrath, Rachel (28 April 2020). "Dance lessons with Oti Mabuse lead new BBC children's shows". Evening Standard.
  16. ^ "The Cher Show to tour UK & Ireland".
  17. ^ Peake, Amber (25 October 2020). "Oti Mabuse husband: When did Strictly star get married?". Express. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  18. ^ Wehrstedt, Lisa (1 October 2021). "Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse shows off transformation as she joins Drag Race panel". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  19. ^ "Oti Mabuse turns musical matchmaker as host of new ITV dating show Romeo & Duet". itv.com/presscentre. 10 January 2022. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  20. ^ "Oti Mabuse: My South Africa". bbc.co.uk. 11 November 2022. Retrieved 11 November 2022.
  21. ^ "The Big Narstie Show". channel4.com. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  22. ^ "Celebrity Catchphrase Christmas Special". itv.com/presscentre. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  23. ^ "From Call The Midwife to Mrs Brown's Boys: What's on the BBC's Christmas line-up?". virginradio.co.uk. 29 November 2022. Retrieved 2 December 2022.

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