BBC defends new Strictly Come Dancing judge over ‘bias’ claims

The BBC has defended its new choice of Strictly Come Dancing judge after claims of bias.


Yesterday Strictly Come Dancing confirmed Darcey Bussell’s replacement, announcing Motsi Mabuse as the new judge.

She’s appeared on the German version of Strictly Come Dancing, called Let’s Dance, first as a professional dancer and since 2011 as a judge.

Former German Latin Champion and South African Champion Motsi Mabuse is also the sister of current Strictly professional dancer Oti Mabuse.

The connection to Oti has seen some claims there could be bias in Motsi’s marks.

However a BBC insider told the Daily Mail newspaper: “Motsi and Oti have been in this position before as judge/pro dancer on the German version of the show for multiple series – and were much loved.”

Strictly fans also rushed to defend the signing.


One wrote: “you all can calm down with the “bias” claims. these women are PROFESSIONALS and ADULTS”

Speaking about joining the show yesterday, Motsi said: “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!”

Motsi will join Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and head judge Shirley Ballas on the new Strictly Come Dancing panel.

Bruno tweeted: “Delighted that @MOTSI_MABUSE has been announced as judge – she’s a perfect choice! @bbcstrictly”

And Shirley posted online: “Thrilled to welcome the fabulous @MOTSI_MABUSE to the @bbcstrictly family. What exciting news! We are going to have a ball, and you’re going to love every second xxx


Strictly Come Dancing 2019 will launch in September on BBC One.

Although no names have been confirmed yet, rumoured celebrity contestants include Blue Peter’s Radzi Chinyanganya, Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin, popstars Keith Duffy and Natasha Hamilton and model Vogue Williams.