Strictly Come Dancing's Otlile Mabuse wants more black dancers on the show

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New Strictly Come Dancing pro Otlile Mabuse has called for more black dancers on the programme.

Eight-times South African Latin American Champion Oti is one of three new additions to this year's professional line up.

Speaking to the Daily Star on Sunday newspaper, the 24-year-old said she hoped to see more black performers joining the BBC One series.

“There should be more black dancers on Strictly. It’s a shame as there are so many in South Africa and also in Mozambique and Botswana," she said. "But as far as I know there are only three of us internationally. It’s so hard for us to break through.”

Oti explained to the tabloid: “A lot of us don’t leave our country. Some don’t have funds. There are a lot of talented dancers but they can’t get out of the country.

"It’s so expensive and you don’t know where to go and you don’t how to get a visa. [sic]

“I was very lucky that my parents were prepared to work hard.”

For her first year on Strictly Oti has been partnered with boxer Anthony Ogogo and she is feeling the pressure for the pair to impress both judges and viewers when they hit the live shows later this month.

She said: “I feel the pressure to do well because I am representing a country and a continent.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens this Friday and Saturday night as the celebs perform live for the first time.

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