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Strictly Come Dancing have announced their new judge and we are so thrilled for her.

The BBC confirmed that Motsi Mabuse will replace Darcey Bussell on the dancing show.

Motsi is a former German Latin Champion and South African Champion.

She has previously worked as a judge on Germany's version of Strictly called Let's Dance. She is also the sister of professional dancer Oti Mabuse.

Motsi Mabuse gushed about her new role: “I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel. I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can’t wait to get started!”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content says: “Motsi is a brilliant addition to the show. She is a wonderful dancer in her own right and already has years of experience as a judge under her belt. We’re all looking forward to welcoming her to the Strictly family.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sarah James, Executive Producer of Strictly says: "I am incredibly excited that Motsi Mabuse is joining the show. Motsi's natural warmth, energy and passion for dance makes her the perfect addition to our esteemed judging panel."

Motsi will join fellow judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli when Strictly Come Dancing returns this autumn.

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Wedding bells will soon be ringing for one Strictly Come Dancing star. 

Pro dancer Graziano Di Prima has gotten down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend Giada Lini.

The Italian dancer, who celebrates his 25th birthday tomorrow, asked the big question during a performance of Burn The Floor in Watford.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He produced a stunning ring after the pair performed an intimate routine.

Fellow Strictly pros Kevin Clifton and Dianne Buswell cheered them on from the audience. 

Giada took to Instagram to post a gorgeous snap of the pair and wishing him a happy birthday. 

She wrote, ''YOU…never stop making me fall in love with you every day…! HAPPY BIRTHDAY my little BIG LOVE."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Graziano joined Strictly in 2018 but he has garnered a rake of fans.

He spoke to OK! magazine about his relationship with Giada.

He said, ''We love each other so we have to be together. I’m alone in this big new world and I need her. We live together so it’s like we’re married. Marriage is very important to both of us.''

He continued, ''We want to start our life as husband and wife and have our own family. We’ll see when. I just knew from the first day – she changed my life."

Huge congratulations to the happy couple. 

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The Strictly Come Dancing drama rages on.

The BBC show might not even be on TV at the moment but there is no shortage of controversy surrounding it.

Katya Jones, the pro dancer at the centre of the Seann Walsh scandal in the 2018 series, is now reportedly cut from the main line-up.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 29-year-old dancer, who is married to fellow Strictly pro Neil Jones, was pictured looking downcast as she walked her dog after the news broke. 

She appeared to slam the reports of her axing with a statement t-shirt that read, ''You only know my name, not my story''.

It was reported that Katya had been offered reduced role by BBC bosses in the wake of last series' controversy.

While she remains as part of the line-up it is uncertain if she will get a celebrity partner this year. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This news brings about doubts about fellow pro dance Kevin Clifton's part in the show.

He has been at the centre of his own media storm since his relationship with his celebrity partner, Stacey Dooley, was announced.

However, a BBC spokesperson has insisted Katya won't be treated any differently to Kevin. 

The said, ''We wouldn't be treating her any differently to how we treated Kevin. It's not like he is guaranteed a celebrity partner this year.''

It looks like we'll have to watch this space and see the drama unfold – which we're not complaining about at all…

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Strictly Come Dancing might be off the air but the drama keeps on giving.

It came as a huge surprise to many (and some, not) when the 2018 winner Stacey Dooley's boyfriend Sam Tucknott announced to the world that Stace had dumped him for her dance partner Kevin Clifton.

While many had speculated while they were on the show that Kevin had become fond of Stacey, it seemed like she was happy in her relationship with Sam.

The pair had been together five years and lived in their Brighton home – however, Sam has revealed that he knew something was off towards the latter part of the dance contest.

Sam told The Sun that before Christmas Stacey had joined Kevin for an evening out rather than him and that Christmas Day was strained and tense.

The pair agreed to call it a day in March but Sam saw a message from Kevin on Stacey's phone that showed that they were in a romantic relationship.

It read, ''I love you'' followed by a love heart.

Stacey reportedly told Sam, ''You saw I didn’t start entertaining and texting him (Kevin) until I split up with you. I was not with you when we started it all. I did fall for him but when we were done. I will tell you anything you want to know.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Now the 32-year-old investigative journalist has taken to social media to set the record straight.

She wrote, ''Anyone with any adult life experience knows there are 2 sides to every story. I haven’t got the time or energy to correct some of the utter nonsense I’ve read on here.''

She continued, ''Re Sam, I loved him v much and only wish him happiness and success going forward."

Kevin has yet to comment on the situation but with this being the 15th couple to fall foul of the show’s curse, it looks like Strictly is getting a bigger reputation as a sort of celebrity Tinder rather than a dance competition. 

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Darcey Bussell has hung up her judges shoes and called it a day on Strictly Come Dancing.

And now the question on everyone lips is – who will take her place?

The Strictly pros have been vocal on their choice and it should come as no surprise to anyone that it's beloved fellow pro dancer Anton du Beke.

The 52-year-old, who has been with the BBC show since it began in 2004, has emerged as a firm favourite with viewers as well as his fellow dancers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The bookies are placing Anton as their favourite, with former Strictly professional Karen Hardy not far behind.

However also rumoured to be in the running is pro dancer Oti Mabuse, who was a coach on BBC's The Greatest Dancer.

A source at the BBC dance show has revealed that "loveable Anton" is the "cast's favourite choice" and some believe "it’s time for him to hang up his dancing shoes and sit on the other side of the table."

There was a back-handed compliment about Anton's dance skills thrown in, with the source calling him a "well-loved professional" but pointed out that "his glory years are over.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This isn't Anton's first time trying to get on the judges panel as he auditioned to replace Len Goodman as head judge, but the role was given to Shirley Ballas.

So are his days being stuck with the novelty act behind him and will he rake a seat on teh panel next to Craig Revel-Horwood and Bruno Tonioli?

It looks like we better watch this space…

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Breaking news in the Strictly Come Dancing world.

Darcey Bussell, one of the judges, has called it a day on the beloved BBC show.

The 49-year-old, who has been part of the dance show for seven years, took to Instagram to reveal the news.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She wrote, ''It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly, working with such a talented team. I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire backstage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.''

She continued, ''I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having gone any better.''

She added, ''I know I will miss being part of this unique show and the fact that it celebrates dance is something I am so passionate about. I hope that I may be very lucky to be asked back again one day."

Her fans were shocked and saddened at the announcement.

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One said, ''Oh nooooo!! I’m so gutted that you are leaving!! Strictly won’t seem the same without! Best of luck with future projects.''

While another wrote, ''That is such a shame – you have brought so much to the show.''

Strictly will be waltzing back onto BBC One this autumn for its 17th series but we have a feeling that it won't quite be the same without one of favourite judges.

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It's the curse of Strictly striking again.

The 2018 champion Stacey Dooley has parted ways from her boyfriend Sam Tucknott.

The pair, who were together for three years, reportedly split because their relationship was under strain by Stacey's touring commitments with the BBC show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stacey won the Glitterball in December and then headed across the UK ro perform for fans.

According to The Sun, ''Stacey confided in her friends that she was struggling to hold down her romance with Sam because her life has been a whirlwind after Strictly.''

They continued, ''She barely saw him during the month-long tour and has gone straight back into filming documentaries and has been travelling all over the world.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sam has reportedly moved out of the couple’s Brighton home and Stacey said that she had ''nothing to say'' when asked by the paper about it. 

Her close relationship with her pro dancer partner Kevin Clifton was said to have made Sam ''insanely jealous'', however they did put on a united front throughout the show and on social media.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Has the curse struck again and will Stacey dance into the sunset with Kevin?

Watch this space. 

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The professional dancers of Strictly Come Dancing are reportedly putting their foot down when it comes to what kind of celebrities will be  on the show.

After the success of vlogger and YouTube star Joe Sugg in the 2018 series, the pros are saying that his millions of followers online are an unfair advantage.

Joe might not have been the strongest dancer, but he did have eight million YouTube subscribers and more than five million Instagram and Twitter followers to help him get to the final.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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So the pros have gone to the BBC producers to get social media stars banned from the lineup due to these numbers of people voting for them.

The producers had hoped that Joe would attract a younger audience but his landslide vote in his favour week-after-week left the pros unimpressed.

According to The Sun, ''Joe’s huge popularity caused some tension last year after he was being voted to stay in the show each week.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They continued, ''He wasn’t the best dancer, so his place on the show was purely based on his fan base.''

They added, ''Now the pros are going to unite and ask for no social media personalities for a year, to give everyone a level playing field. The professionals talk regularly discuss on different points relating to the show and this has been a hot topic.”

It seems that shows like Strictly are like most reality shows – mostly about popularity, rather than talent. 

People vote for the dancer that is the most likeable, and not the one who is actually the best.

So is this banning of social media stars a good idea?

Or will the same thing happen as it does most years, the couple who has connected the most with the public taking the Gitterball?

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Love Island and Strictly Come Dancing stars have been left "shaken up" after leaving celebrity nightclub Tape just MINUTES before a triple stabbing.

Familiar faces such as Oti Mabuse, Katya Jones and Megan Barton Hanson were among those who narrowly missed the horrific attack in London’s Oxford Street in the early hours of Sunday.

It was Love Island alumni Ellie Brown's 21st birthday, which was why a host of reality TV celebrities were in attendance.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Strictly stars Oti Mabuse, Katya Jones and her husband Neil were there in order to celebrate Aljaz Skorjanec’s 28th birthday.

A Love Island source told The Sun: “They have been really shaken up and can’t help but think ‘what if’ had they left a bit later."

“Their night could have ended very differently if they had stayed at the nightclub. It has definitely prompted questions about security for some of the group.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Oti, who is also a captain on BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer, brought Graziano Di Prima, Pasha Kovalev and Nadiya Bychkovaening to Tape following their dance performance that night.

Fellow captain Cheryl Tweedy went straight home after filming, but her dancer co-stars left Tape between 2am and 2.50am.

ITV2’s Love Island celebrities exited later, just a few minutes before the street stabbing took place at 3.40am. Laura Anderson left 15 minutes earlier while Megan Barton Hanson and Charlie Brake left at around 3.30am.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Love Island stars Zara McDermott and Ellie Brown, who celebrated her 21st birthday, exited the nightspot at roughly he same time.

Three men suffered stab and slash wounds in the chaotic attack; blood could be seen at the scene outside the pavement yesterday.

The Met Police said that all three 24-year-old men are now recovering in hospital, and their injuries are not lif-threatening. A spokesman added: “Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.

“Two males have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The statement continued,"They are currently in custody at central London police stations.”

The near-miss for the reality TV stars comes only two months after Strictly professional dancer AJ Pritchard and his dancer brother Curtis were beaten up by eight men at a Cheshire nightclub.

The ballroom dancer later hired personal security.

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Ashley Roberts and Giovanni Pernice are a couple that seem to be going from strength to strength.

The pair, who met on Strictly's 2018 series, might have kept their blossoming romance under wraps during the show but they are shouting it from the rooftops now.

While Giovanni had already posted a snap of them enjoying their holiday to his Instagram, Ashley has now followed in his footsteps.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In her first social media post of her and her boyfriend, Ashley uploaded a snap of them smiling backstage on the Strictly tour.

She captioned it, ''Shaking that thang around the UK with this one.''

Her followers were so happy to see the adorable couple together. 

One said, ''Awww this is pretty adorable.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While another wrote, ''You’re both as crazy as one another, what a perfect match…..stay happy.''

This comes after Ashley confirmed their relationship to Weekend magazine.

When asked about their relationship, she said, ''It's just starting now! This is when it's starting, but it's still early days.''

She continued, ''Yes we are seeing each other. And now the show is done we can spend a bit more time together. We're getting to know each other, and it's nice."

We think they look fab together – we wish them the best of luck. 

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They have been posting about their blossoming relationship on social media since they went public with their romance in December.

And it's clear to anyone that Strictly's Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell are madly in love.

However, while their PDA's are cute, it seems that their co-stars on the Strictly live tour are not big fans of the public smooching.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It ahs been reported that their fellow dancers are tired of their kissing and cuddling during rehearsals, which has apparently led to a series of rows.

Things came to  ahead which Joe and Dianne deciding to go to a nearby five-star hotel Titanic, instead of staying at the heading to the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool where the other Strictly stars are staying. 

It was reported that, ''It’s caused some ill feeling between them and the others and it can’t be laughed off as a joke anymore…it seems like Joe and Dianne are giving everyone the fingers by doing their own thing.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Joe has uploaded a sweet snap of him and Dianne to Instagram in their hotel room at the Titanic.

He captioned it, ''Making memories with this girl (But also making cool self-timer photos as a little side project).''

Dianne also posted a snap of her in the same hotel room, thanking Joe for organising a day off for them.

With the tour still going until February 10 we wonder how this will pan out until then…watch this space. 

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This years Strictly Come Dancing had so much romance in the air – and now former contestant Vick Hope has spilled the beans on what went on behind the scenes.

The radio DJ, who as partnered with pro dancer Graziano di Prima, opened up to Hello! magazine about how she spotted certain relationships blossoming on the BBC show.

She also spoke about how her and her classmates had formed a strong bond since the finale in December. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The show saw two relationships flourish during the competition and they were celebrities Joe Sugg and Ashley Roberts and pro dancers Dianne Buswell and Giovanni Pernice. 

When it came to Joe and Dianne, their chemistry was apparent.

Vick said, ''To be honest, we sort of saw it coming! But of course nobody was going to say anything. But yes it's so sweet and so cute, I love how dancing brings them together and then some!"

Sooo adorbs. 

She continued, ''When we were doing the show, everyone was so professional and it was all about the dancing and the competition, and everyone was really focused. They would not let any relationship get in the way of that and they kept that separate. And it is only now that the show has finished that they are showing it a bit more."

Strictly might be finished for another year but the 29-year-old has another project to keep her busy. 

She has been narrating E4's new series of Shipwrecked and is loving it. 

She said, ''It was the kind of show I wanted to be on because they got to travel and meet people and spend time on this beautiful island. The producers would send me edits of each episode, and I would run myself a bath and have a glass of red, and properly enjoy it as if I was watching it so I could get a feel for them, and for the art of it and the narrative.''

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