Motsi Mabuse weighs in on this years Strictly professionals and dancers

Motsi Mabuse discussed the health of Strictly Come Dancing stars during an appearance on GMB on Friday, following a positive COVID case earlier this week. 

The judge, 40, weighed in on the new line-up with Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard –  insisting the pros will be ‘healthy’ at the first live show on 25 September, despite the absence of a covid-positive star at this weekend’s pre-recorded first episode. 

When Ben asked if there would be a chance of there being a replacement for the professional dancers if they fall ill, she replied: ‘We will all be there and we will all be healthy and all keep on dancing – that’s what I can say.’ 

Weighing in: Motsi Mabuse discussed the health of Strictly Come Dancing stars during an appearance on GMB on Friday, following a positive COVID case earlier this week

Weighing in: Motsi Mabuse discussed the health of Strictly Come Dancing stars during an appearance on GMB on Friday, following a positive COVID case earlier this week

Weighing in: Motsi Mabuse discussed the health of Strictly Come Dancing stars during an appearance on GMB on Friday, following a positive COVID case earlier this week

A professional tested positive for Covid on Wednesday just days before the pre-recorded first episode which will air this Saturday, and will see the dancers and their celebrity partners dance together as planned.

After one of the pros was found to have coronavirus after a test they were forced to isolate for 10 days while their famous partner tested negative.

The BBC are not revealing which dancer contracted the virus. A TV insider told The Sun: ‘This is proving to be a nightmare for producers, just as they prepare to bring back Strictly for its first full series since the pandemic.’

Motsi went on to give her opinion on Tom Fletcher, one of the celebrities taking part in this year’s competition. She seemed struck by the McFly singer’s, 36, ability to dance and called him ‘amazing.’ 

Together again: She said of the professionals, one of whom tested positive for COVID earlier this week: 'We will all be there and we will all be healthy and all keep on dancing - that¿s what I can say'

Together again: She said of the professionals, one of whom tested positive for COVID earlier this week: 'We will all be there and we will all be healthy and all keep on dancing - that¿s what I can say'

Together again: She said of the professionals, one of whom tested positive for COVID earlier this week: ‘We will all be there and we will all be healthy and all keep on dancing – that’s what I can say’ 

Impressed: Motsi went on and gave her opinion on Tom Fletcher, one of the celebrities taking part in this year's competition, and she was struck by his dancing abilities

Impressed: Motsi went on and gave her opinion on Tom Fletcher, one of the celebrities taking part in this year's competition, and she was struck by his dancing abilities

Impressed: Motsi went on and gave her opinion on Tom Fletcher, one of the celebrities taking part in this year’s competition, and she was struck by his dancing abilities

‘He’s gonna be amazing I can tell you now. He did one jump he did a spin and walk and I was like he’s gonna be great.’ 

She continued: ‘What’s great about Tom is that people don’t get to show their personality […] he’s got this very special way of being that his personality shines through the dancing.’ 

It has not yet been revealed which professionals have been paired with the celebrities yet, which is to be announced in Saturday night’s pre-recorded show.   

Amazed: She gave her opinion: 'He¿s gonna be amazing I can tell you now. He did one jump he did a spin and walk and I was like he¿s gonna be great'

Amazed: She gave her opinion: 'He¿s gonna be amazing I can tell you now. He did one jump he did a spin and walk and I was like he¿s gonna be great'

Amazed: She gave her opinion: ‘He’s gonna be amazing I can tell you now. He did one jump he did a spin and walk and I was like he’s gonna be great’ 

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe have sparked speculation they are the show’s first all-male partnership as they left rehearsals on Thursday.

While Greg Wise and Karen Hauer were seen arriving to the studio within minutes of each other.   

England rugby union star Ugo Monye is rumoured to be partnered with Strictly pro, and Motsi’s sister, Oti Mabuse.  

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker has may be partnered with Strictly pro Nadiya Bychkova, after they were seen going out for dinner together. 

Anticipation: It has not yet been revealed which professionals have been paired with the celebrities yet, which is to be announced in Saturday night's pre-recorded show

Anticipation: It has not yet been revealed which professionals have been paired with the celebrities yet, which is to be announced in Saturday night's pre-recorded show

Anticipation: It has not yet been revealed which professionals have been paired with the celebrities yet, which is to be announced in Saturday night’s pre-recorded show

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

TOM FLETCHER

Age: 36

Profession: McFly musician

Tom says: ‘I’m so pleased the news is out it’s been so hard keeping it secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.’

Fun fact: Tom’s McFly bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

ROBERT WEBB

 Age: 48

Profession: Actor and comedian

Robert says: ‘It’s very exciting but with a slight undertone of quivering terror.’

Fun Fact: Robert squeezed into a shiny leotard to take the title of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, performing What A Feeling from ’80s film Flashdance, beating the likes of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness to the title. 

RHYS STEPHENSON  

Age: 27

Profession: CBBC presenter  

Rhys says: ‘I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation’

Fun fact: Rhys has been an actor since the age of ten, performing alongside Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville. 

KATIE MCGLYNN

 Age: 28

Profession: Actress

Katie says: ‘I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.’

Fun fact: Katie, who played Sinead Tinker in Corrie, won a NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020. 

TILLY RAMSAY

Age: 19

Profession: CBBC presenter

Tilly says: ’I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!’

Fun fact: Tilly’s father is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the pair often star in dancing TikTok videos.

NINA WADIA  

Age: 52

Profession: Actress

Nina says: ‘I think I should do this before I’m too old and can’t walk anymore. I just want to grab life by the horns and just enjoy it.’

Fun fact: Nina is a JDRF Ambassador and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List. 

ADAM PEATY

Age: 26

Profession: Athlete 

Adam says: ‘I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool.’

Fun fact: Adam becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.

UGO MONYE

 

Age: 38

Profession: Rugby player and sports pundit

Ugo says: ‘What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves.

Fun fact: Beginning his rugby career at Harlequins in 2002, Ugo went on to make 241 appearances for the club where he scored 89 tries, won a Premiership and made his England debut in 2008.

 

AJ ODUDU

Age: 33

Profession: TV presenter

 AJ says: ‘I think it’s going to be really challenging. I can’t wait for the sequins, the wigs, the glitz and the glamour.’

Fun Fact: Apocalypse Wow hosts AJ has featured on a whopping 14 TV shows this year, competing in the likes oF Cooking With The Stars and Celebrity Karaoke Club. She has appeared as a panelist on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in the past, too.

JOHN WHAITE

Age: 33

Profession: Great British Bake Off Winner and TV chef

 John says: ‘I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family… I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth’

Fun Fact: John is set tp be part of the first ever all-male partnering – the first in 17 years of the show.

SARA DAVIES 

Age: 37  

Profession:  Businesswoman

Sara says: ‘I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance… Truth be told – I haven’t got a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.’

Fun fact: Sara was the youngest ever dragon on BBC show Dragons’ Den.

DAN WALKER

Age: 44 

Profession: Journalist

Dan says: ‘I’m enjoying the experience when it starts of learning to dance. I’ll be honest I’m not making room on any shelves in my house for the glitterball.’

Fun fact: Dan recently quit Football Focus after 12 years at the helm and has been covering Tokyo Olympics.

 GREG WISE

Age: 55

Profession: Actor

Greg says: ‘It’s about being out there and exposing yourself as someone who can’t dance, and learning.’

Fun fact: Greg is married to the actress Emma Thompson who he met while filming Sense and Sensibility.  

ROSE AYLING-ELLIS

Age: 30

Profession: Actress

Rose says: ‘I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers. I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill.’

 Fun fact: Rose will make history as Strictly’s first deaf contestant. 

 JUDI LOVE

Age: 41

Profession: Comedienne 

Judi says: ‘I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing and now it’s actually coming true!’

Fun fact: Judi began comedy when she performed a set in front of her class for a degree module.

 

 

 

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