Strictly Motsi Mabuse’s replacement confirmed as she’s forced to miss BBC show

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse will be replaced by Cynthia Erivo on Saturday night.

The South African-German dance expert, 40, announced on Friday that she will not be on the judging panel this weekend.

She told fans of the BBC One show that she was "gutted" to miss out.

Despite being triple jabbed, Motis has been told to stay home and isolate after coming into contact with a Covid case.

It has since been confirmed that Cynthia will be stepping in to fill in for Motsi this weekend.

Award-winning actress Cynthia appeared on the judging panel last week as Craig Revel Horwood was forced to miss the live show due to contracting Covid.

A Strictly Spokesperson said: "We can confirm Motsi Mabuse will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

"We are delighted that Cynthia Erivo will be joining us as a guest judge again, joining Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and Head Judge, Shirley Ballas on the judging panel.

"We look forward to having Motsi back with us next weekend.”

Cynthia has just been cast in the movie adaptation of Wicked as Elphaba, so it's no surprise she secured the sought-after spot.

The talented star has also previously played a role in the UK tour of Sister Act and the Broadway tour of The Color Purple.

Despite being in its 19th series, Strictly has only asked guest judges to step in on a handful of occasions.

Donny Osmond stood in as a guest judge in the twelfth series whilst American actor Alfonso Ribiero stood in for Bruno Tonioli for the fifth week of the sixteenth series.

Anton Du Beke has also now taken a regular spot on the panel in place of Tonioli who cannot be there in person as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.

Fans will have to wait and see if anyone will stand in for Motsi on the weekend.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday on BBC One

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