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First look at Dancing On Ice 2022 judging panel as Strictly's Oti Mabuse joins the show

Dec 22, 2021

HERE is a first look at Strictly's Oti Mabuse as part of next year's Dancing On Ice judging panel.

The new pic sees the dancer with a huge smile on her face standing next to fellow judges Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

Oti, 31, looks incredible in a pink figure hugging ball gown, her hair styled into a sleek side parting and a full face of glam makeup.

The South African-born star is over the moon with her new role on the ITV show.

She said: "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."

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In the pic her co-star Jayne, 64, wows in a white floor-length dress with floral detail, meanwhile Christopher, 63, opts for a sparkly suit.

Ashley Banjo, 33, looks dapper than ever in a navy checkered suit and white t-shirt underneath his jacket.

The judges will also be joined by hosts Phillip Schofield, 59, and Holly Willoughby, 40, when the show airs next month.

Last week The Sun on Sunday exclusively revealed that Oti had landed the big TV gig after starring on the BBC dance show show for six years.

She has replaced John Barrowman, 54.

A source at the time told us: "Signing up Oti is a brilliant coup for ITV bosses. They’re really excited about her joining the show.

“She has excellent dance experience and technical knowledge,  an infectious on-screen energy and has a massive fanbase from her time on Strictly, which helps draw viewers.

“It’s also a great move for Oti’s career and the obvious next step for her.”

Oti joined Strictly as professional dancer on Strictly in 2015.

The source added: “She’s not cutting ties with the Beeb altogether and is open to more future projects.

“But she’s looking forward to having a well-earned break over Christmas so she can get stuck into Dancing on Ice next month.”

This isn't her first time as a judge on a TV show as she's also starredin The Greatest Dancer and ITV’s The Masked Dancer.

The 14th series will see Coronation Street's Sally Dynevor, rugby ace Ben Foden, Paralympian Stefanie Reid, singer Rachel Stevens, Gazza's son Regan and Happy Mondays dancer Bez battle for the top spot.

The Vamps' Connor Ball, BMX rider Kye Whyte, dancer Brendan Cole and broadcaster Ria Hebden will also be competing.

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