The 39-year-old confirmed on Thursday that she will be forced to miss the next two live shows as she sticks to government guidelines after an ‘urgent’ trip to Germany.
The dancer was pictured arriving at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday afternoon, clutching paperwork and wearing a white face mask.
Motsi was bundled up in a cosy coat, a striped jumper and tracksuit bottoms, and was pulling a carry-on suitcase through the terminal.
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The South African dancer runs a dance school in Germany and shares a home there with her husband Evgenij Voznyuk and their two-year-old daughter.
Motsi has now returned to the United Kingdom following the brief trip.
She released a statement on social media reading: ‘Hi guys – earlier this week I needed to travel to Germany for an urgent reason. I will of course be following the UK government guidelines and self-isolating for 14 days. I’ll be watching from home and by the power of technology, should e in your living rooms.
‘Watch out though, I’ll be doing my own hair and make-up!’
Current UK lockdown rules prohibit international travel except in ‘limited circumstances such as for work or for education’, while ‘people who live outside the UK but work in the UK and travel between their country of residence and the UK at least once a week’ do not have to isolate.
However, Motsi must self-isolate for two weeks, and it has been claimed that Anton Du Beke, who was given the boot with partner Jacqui Smith in week one, could take Motsi’s seat on the panel while she’s gone.
This is just the latest drama for the Strictly family this week, as Covid-19 wreaked havoc on the show.
It was confirmed yesterday that boxer Nicola Adams will no longer compete on Strictly after her partner Katya Jones tested positive for coronavirus.
The pair, who were the first same-sex couple to compete on Strictly, were in a bubble and rules state that they cannot return to the competition following the positive test.
Nicola said: ‘I’m absolutely devastated my Strictly journey has come to an end so soon. I had so much more to give and so many people to win this for!
‘But I just want to say a huge thank you to Katya for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for. She pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it’s been an incredible experience.
‘I’m gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the COVID measures in place are to keep everyone safe, and I’m doing what I can to help.’
Katya added: ‘Dancing with Nicola has been an absolute inspiration. She’s given her all each and every week and we were so excited to create more dances in the competition. Of course, I’m devastated to leave this way but I’ve made a friend for life and loved every moment of this special journey. I’d like to wish good luck to all the remaining couples!’
Now, there will be four couples in the final, rather than the five planned.
In addition, Rylan Clark-Neal will be forced to miss the next two weeks of Strictly: It Takes Two, after coming into contact with somebody who tested positive for Covid-19.
While Rylan tested negative, he will be replaced on the show by Gethin Jones.
The BBC confirmed that no other couples on Strictly have been affected, and the live show will continue on Saturday night.