Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse has been announced as the newest judge for ITV’s Dancing On Ice, casting doubt on her future on the BBC One show
This week Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse was announced as ITV’s Dancing On Ice’s newest judge, with doubt cast as to whether she will return to her dancing roots.
After jumping ship to rival channel ITV, there are fears Oti may not be asked to return to the BBC programme in 2022.
Fresh from her stint on Strictly, Oti is set to replace John Barrowman – who sat on the judging panel for two years but swapped his role for All Star Musicals instead.
Oti has already impressed bosses at ITV after appearing on the panel for The Masked Dancer earlier this year along with Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Mo Gilligan.
However, viewers will know her best for her time on Strictly where she has been a regular since 2015 and lifted the Glitterball trophy twice in consecutive years, 2019 and 2020.
Despite being some time away from the BBC discussing who will be re-joining the 2022 cast, it seems that Oti’s stint at ITV in the new year could lead to a more permanent contract.
As reported by Metro, celebrity PR and publicist Harry Rutter predicts that Otil will have been offered big money to jump ship after six years at the Beeb.
“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.”
He believes that The Masked Dancer debut for the Strictly star could have been a trial run for her to see if ITV wanted to hire her for further jobs.
Insider Harry stressed that it’s rare that celebs swap between the two channels which suggests the offer for the move could have been too good to be true to stay on both sides.
Oti has become increasingly popular with the British public over the last few years so ITV could be investing in her as a personality to boost their audience.
The star has more than 635,000 follows on social media which could be why ITV chose her for the job so they would tune in.
Harry said he assumes Oti just fancied a change of scenery to further her career into a TV personality rather than professional Strictly dancer.
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He added: “I can’t imagine a return to Strictly after joining a primetime ITV show. ‘There definitely comes a point where stars just fancy a change. It’s a deal that, if done correctly, works both ways for the stars and networks, almost like transferring audiences thanks to loyal fans and viewers.”
It’s thought that the latest series of Dancing On Ice will air in January 2022 which will feature a whole host of celeb contestants.
Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, Corrie’s Sally Dynevor and 2021 Love Islander Liberty Poole are among the line up taking to the ice.