Strictly Come Dancing's Motsi Mabuse reveals she almost turned down judging role

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She's become a fan favourite during her debut series of Strictly Come Dancing.

But Motsi Mabuse has revealed she was close to turning down the role of judge on the hit BBC One show.

Talking to This Morning on Wednesday, Motsi explained to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that her journey to the judge's seat started off as a joke between herself and her sister Oti, who has been a professional dancer on the show for the past five years.

What? Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has revealed she was close to turning down the role of judge on the hit BBC One show

What? Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has revealed she was close to turning down the role of judge on the hit BBC One show

Speaking ahead of Saturday's semi-final, Motsi, 38, revealed that she was shocked by Darcey Bussell's sudden departure from the show, and called Oti right away to get the inside story: 'One day I was watching and it said, "Darcey stopped" and so I called Oti and said, "What's happening over there?" And she said, "We don't know."'

Motsi, who before Strictly was a judge on the German version of the show Let's Dance for seven years, continued: 'And I made a joke and said, "They should call me!" And we both laughed. And then like 3 or 4 weeks later, I called her back and said, "They called me.'" And we laughed again.'

On Oti's response at her sister getting the much-coveted role, Motsi shared: 'She was really, really happy for me… But the longer they kept me waiting, the more I didn't want to do it anymore, because then I got nervous because then you really want to do it. And then you don't want the rejection.' 

Exciting: Speaking on Wednesday's This Morning, Motsi explained that her journey to the judge's seat started off as a joke between herself and her sister Oti

Exciting: Speaking on Wednesday's This Morning, Motsi explained that her journey to the judge's seat started off as a joke between herself and her sister Oti

Hilarious: She explained that it was weeks after she and Oti joked about her getting the judges job that she finally received the call to join the panel

Hilarious: She explained that it was weeks after she and Oti joked about her getting the judges job that she finally received the call to join the panel

Candid: Motsi went on to recall her tough childhood growing up in South Afric, and said that her parents have been a huge support to herself and Oti

Candid: Motsi went on to recall her tough childhood growing up in South Afric, and said that her parents have

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