Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse is headed to the ice rink as she is replacing John Barrowman on the Dancing On Ice panel.
It’s the second major ITV show the dancer, who has been part of BBC’s Strictly since 2015, has signed up for after she appeared as a judge on The Masked Dancer earlier this year.
The pro dancer, who won the glitterball trophy two years in a row, said it’s ‘more than an honour’ to join Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in January 2022.
She added: ‘As a professional dancer I have always had so much respect for the skating professionals on Dancing On Ice.
‘It is an exceptional skill that is also so beautiful to watch. I’m feeling really enthusiastic about joining the panel alongside the legendary Torvill and Dean and Ashley Banjo.
‘I can’t wait to see the celebrities thrive as they learn how to ice-skate and to champion the professional skaters as they create incredible choreography.
‘Having been on both sides of the table, I know a little bit about how they’ll be feeling. It’s more than an honour and I already can’t wait to join the family.’
Andy Barr, CEO at digital PR agency 10Yetis, told Metro.co.uk of Oti’s new gig: ‘As we’ve seen from countless reality TV and competitions shows before, appearing on them can really give your career in the public eye a decent boost.
‘Oti Mabuse is now at the start of her high earning journey. If she plays the next few career steps well, she could start to command the kind of endorsement deals that can really enhance the bank balance.
‘However, there is still a long way to go in terms of growing her personal social media presence to the level of followers that will attract the attention of the big brands. She won’t have many offers on the table just yet, but fast forward to mid 2022 and she should be looking to receive some low six-figure offers and ideas from companies who are keen to get her on board.’
Torchwood star John appeared as a judge from 2019, after starring as a contestant in 2006.
He said his departure was unrelated to the accusations that he repeatedly exposed himself on the set of Doctor Who and its sister show Torchwood, which he later apologised for.
The actor, who starred as Captain Jack Harkness, said his exit was prompted by him taking on another role on All Star Musicals, another ITV series.
Katie Rawcliffe, head of entertainment commissioning at ITV, said: ‘Oti is not only a supremely talented dancer and choreographer but she brings enormous fun and energy to all that she does. It’s fantastic to be welcoming her to our Ice Panel.’
They’ll be joined by Paul Gascoigne’s son Regan Gascoigne, Love Island’s Liberty Poole, former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole, presenter Ria Hebden, BMX Olympic silver medalist Kye Whyte, The Vamps’ Connor Ball and Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt as they prepare for their gruelling training.
Dancing On Ice begins in January on ITV.
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