Darcey announced she had stepped down from the Strictly Come Dancing panel a few months ago.

Now, 38-year-old Motsi has been revealed as her replacement to sit alongside Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas on the judging panel.

Motsi is no stranger to a judging role having already established herself as a judge on Germany’s version of Strictly, Let’s Dance since 2011.

The former German Latin Champion and South African Champion was also a professional dancer on the programme from 2007 before joining the panel.

Motsi has said of her new role: “I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel.

“I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can’t wait to get started!”

Meanwhile, Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content declared: “Motsi is a brilliant addition to the show. She is a wonderful dancer in her own right and already has years of experience as a judge under her belt.

“We’re all looking forward to welcoming her to the Strictly family.”

“I am incredibly excited that Motsi Mabuse is joining the show,” added Sarah James, Executive Producer of Strictly. “Motsi’s natural warmth, energy and passion for dance makes her the perfect addition to our esteemed judging panel.”

Motsi also shared her happy news to her Instagram followers today.

She wrote in a post: “I am absolutely thrilled and overjoyed to be joining the @bbcstrictly judging panel.

“I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can’t wait to get started! @letsdance dance has always and will always have a place in my heart.

“I grew up with @letsdance and learned so much, so don’t worry I am not going anywhere soon and November I will be certainly our first tour !!

“Thank you to the team @rtl.tv & SEAPOINT Kai Sturm ,Steffi frebel, Nina Klinik ,Jan Philipp and Nora Kurven .You guys are amazing and I will be forever grateful.

“Thank you for the support and 11 Wonderful years ! Thank you to @oana_nechiti @erichklann @kathrin_menzinger & @vadim.garbuzov great colleagues who jumped in when I called! Thank you guys and can’t wait for our secret project 2020 @motsimabuse_taunustanzschule & @millennium_tanzschule !!!!!!!!!!!

“I couldn’t do all this without the support of my Husband , My Family and My dance school team !!!! Exciting times ahead and I can’t wait to meet all of @bbcstrictly team.

“My final words :::: There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, What if you fly? Love Motsi #anzeige #newchapter #godhasaplan #lawofattraction #manifestation #loveandlight.”

UK viewers may have recently seen Motsi appear alongside her sister Oti on Celebrity Gogglebox

The pair were filmed for the Channel 4 series alongside their other sister, Phemelo.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One this autumn.

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