Oti Mabuse dances around answering questions on her future on Strictly Come Dancing

By Mark Jefferies

Oti Mabuse has been forced to tap-dance around questions about her future as it appears her Strictly Come Dancing days are over.

On Sunday night the 31-year-old will start work as a judge on Dancing On Ice and she will also front a new dating show for ITV called Romeo & Duet.

Asked if she was returning to Strictly Oti said: “For me I’m just really excited to be here on Dancing On Ice working and doing what I love.

“You know how I am, I work by the rules and there will be an announcement made. I can’t give a tease because I will be in trouble.”

In another interview she later added: “I think for me as a person in entertainment I really want to learn and grow. I want a long career.”

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Oti is a judge on Dancing On Ice (David Fisher/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

One person Oti could learn a thing or two from as she starts her new role is Dancing On Ice co-host Holly Willoughby, who has been busy picking out her dresses for the show.

Holly said: “It is one of my favourite days of the year because you suddenly get this floof of fluff and feathers and sequins just appears through my door and I feel like Cinderella for the day.”

While viewers will be keeping an eye on Holly’s couture choices, Oti believes ex-Strictly pro Brendan Cole will be the one to look out for on the ice.

She said: “Brendan was always the one who would get on skates, who would jump over a car or jump off a table, so I think he will take it as an exciting challenge. He was always falling on Strictly and that wasn’t even on ice.”

  • Dancing On Ice launches on ITV on Sunday at 6.30pm.

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