Oti Mabuse is too tall for Strictly Come Dancing
Mabuse, an eight-time Latin champion in her native South Africa, first entered the Strictly franchise when she appeared on the German version, Let’s Dance, in 2015. Later that year, she made her UK debut. Kingdom Strictly in season 13, partnering with the Olympic boxer. Antoine Ogogo. It wasn’t a spectacular start – the pair were knocked out in Week 3 – but they were severely limited by Ogogo’s pre-existing shoulder injury.
Mabuse had longer stints with three other sportsmen, Jonnie Peacock, Graeme Swann and most recently Ugo Monye, but she really impressed actor Danny Mac, reaching the season 14 finale. She then did better with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, catching him. first trophy of season 17, followed by a surprise victory the following year in partnership with comedian Bill Bailey.
In retrospect, it probably shouldn’t have been such a big surprise. Mabuse, a strict teacher and an exciting competitor, never considered any of her partners to be cannon fodder or “comedy” acts. Instead, she instilled the fundamentals of ballroom dancing in the most unlikely contestants and, unlike some of today’s pros, maintains a serious respect for traditional dances and their technical underpinnings.
But its success lies in pairing this with choreographic innovation and a flair for the dramatic. His Viennese Waltz with Mac had added emotional engagement through its warring couple plot, while their Puttin’ on the Ritz Charleston in Blackpool, which included creative flourishes such as risque table dances, was a total spectacle.