STRICTLY star Oti Mabuse will “leave the show” according to reports – after replacing John Barrowman on Dancing On Ice.
The professional dancer was yesterday announced to join the ITV ice panel alongside fellow judges Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in January 2022.
She has been a professional dancer on Strictly since 2015 and won the show twiceCredit: Getty – Contributor
Oti joins fellow judges Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean on Dancing On Ice in 2022Credit: ITV
The 31-year-old will replace John, who had featured on the skating competition panel since 2019 after appearing as a contestant in 2006.
Now Oti, who has won Strictly twice since she joined in 2015, could walk away from the BBC juggernaut following the huge signing.
As reported by Metro, celebrity PR and publicist Harry Rutter predicts a big money contract will draw Oti to ITV after six years at the Beeb.
He said: “Moves like this don’t often happen, but it’s more than likely that a very tempting offer was put on the table by ITV bosses.
“Oti has been doing Strictly Come Dancing since 2015 and has built up a substantial audience both on TV and online, this is something ITV would have taken into account.”
Earlier this year, ITV confirmed John Barrowman would not be returning as a judge for the next series of Dancing On Ice.
John said his departure was unrelated to the accusations that he repeatedly exposed himself on the set of Doctor Who and its sister show Torchwood.
The actor, who starred as Captain Jack Harkness, said his exit was prompted by him taking on another role on All Star Musicals, another ITV series.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will return to present the 2022 star-studded show featuring Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor, Love Island’s Liberty Poole, Happy Mondays dancer Bez and Paralympian Stef Reid.
Rugby star Ben Foden, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, and Paul Gascoigne’s son and dancer Regan Gascoigne will join pop star Rachel Stevens, professional dancer Brendan Cole, presenter Ria Hebden, BMX Olympic silver medallist Kye Whyte and The Vamps’ Connor Ball to skate live each week.
Guiding the celebrity novices through their routines will be reigning champion professional Angela Egan, who lifted the trophy with Sonny Jay last series, and Matt Evers, who has been a part of show since its launch in 2006.
Alexandra Schauman and husband Lukasz Rozycki, Andy Buchanan and wife Robin Johnstone will return to the ITV series this year alongside Mark Hanretty, Brendyn Hatfield, Vanessa Bauer, Karina Manta and Joe Johnson.
Completing the professional team are three brand-new additions as competitive figure skaters Morgan Swales, Tippy Packard and Colin Grafton all make their Dancing on Ice debuts.
Oti won Strictly with comedian Bill Bailey last yearCredit: PA
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