DARCEY Bussell announced her resignation as judge for Strictly Come Dancing in April 2019. She decided to give priority to other career opportunities.
Now Motsi Mabuse – sister of the professional dancer Oti – fills out the valued shoes of the ballerina. But which projects is she focusing on?
Why did Darcey Bussell give up Strictly Come Dancing?
In a statement, Darcey announced that she would not return for the 2019 series.
The dancer assured the fans that she would go "to put more focus on my many other commitments in the dance" and not "because of any upsets or disagreements whatsoever".
In the long post she said: "It was a privilege for me to be part of Strictly and to work with such a talented team.
"I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss anyone who has been supported by my fellow judges, moderators, dancers, musicians, the entire backstage team, and especially the viewers of the show.
"I do not go because of any upsets or disagreements, I just step back to focus more on my many other commitments in the dance, after seven really wonderful years that I can not imagine running better.
"I know that I will miss being part of this unique show, and the fact that she is celebrating the dance is something I am so passionate about, I hope that I can be very happy, one day asked again to become."
What is Darcey Bussell until now?
In Darce's statement, announcing her departure, she referred to her "many other commitments in dance."
And one of these other projects is the new Coppelia movie.
The former judge used the social media to confirm that she was doing the following: "I enjoy my time with @tedbrandsen and @vitomazzeo when the new Coppelia movie with submarine products and the beautiful Dutch National Ballet began. Dx #coppeliafilm #dutchnationalballet #coppeliamovie. "
Darcey is also mentoring the next wave of ballet dancers as she continues her role as president of the Royal Academy of Dance.
In addition, the bustling star has a dance fitness company – Diverse Dance Mix.
So she definitely has her hands full!
How long was Darcey Bussell judge at Strictly Come Dancing?
Darcey was a judge on the show for seven years.
She entered the glamorous world of Strictly in 2009 and worked as the fifth judge in the final stages of the competition.
Darcey even debuted with her own dance talent on the show and played a jive in the semi-final with professional dancer Ian White.
She returned in 2012 and replaced Judge Alesha Dixon. She was on the jury until she announced her resignation in April 2019.
What did Darcey Bussell's successor Motsi Mabuse say about joining Strictly?
On 22 July 2019 Motsi Mabuse was unmasked as successor to Darcey and new judge for Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli in the jury.
The South African star, 38, is the older sister of Strictly Professional Oti, which means she has to meet her younger sister, 28, a movement that is likely to raise eyebrows among other dancers and audiences.
However, it is not a new scenario as she judges the German version of Strictly entitled Let & # 39; s Dance, on which Oti has danced for two series.
The Sun understands that the other judges were not asked about their appointment and were informed only before formal confirmation.
A source said, "Chefs were thrilled with Motsi's screen test and are confident she will become a household name like her younger sister.
"She has all the experience with Let's Dance in Germany and is great in front of the camera."
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In a statement, Motsi said, "I am absolutely overjoyed to join the jury in Strictly Judging.
"I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and I hope to give the show my own shine. I can not wait to get started! "
Sarah James, Executive Producer of Strictly, added, "I am incredibly excited that Motsi Mabuse is joining the show.
"Motsi's natural warmth, energy and passion for dance make her the perfect match for our esteemed jury."