Strictly's Motsi Mabuse insists she won't be 'extra hard or too generous' when judging her sister Oti because it would 'disrespect everything she's achieved'

Strictly Come Dancing's latest addition to the judging panel, Motsi Mabuse, has insisted she will not criticise her sister Oti - who is a pro on the show.

Despite many expressing concern that the judge will play the nepotism card while critiquing her sister and her partner Kelvin Fletcher, Motsi seemed perfectly happy to admit that she'd never do anything to 'tarnish Oti's much-loved reputation on the show'.

She said during an interview on The One Show: 'Whatever my sister reaches, and she's so loved here, I would never want to do anything to tarnish her work.

Family first? Strictly Come Dancing's latest addition to the judging panel, Motsi Mabuse, has insisted she will not criticize her sister Oti - who is a pro on the show

Family first? Strictly Come Dancing's latest addition to the judging panel, Motsi Mabuse, has insisted she will not criticize her sister Oti - who is a pro on the show

'She's been here five years and she's done a brilliant job. So, I would never do anything like that to her.

'I'm looking at the whole big picture. This show, it's so loved... It's got so [much] positive energy. Me doing something so negative would be unfair to everyone.'

She went on: 'With Oti, we've spoken. We're very professional about what we do. My sister is a brilliant dancer and so are the other dancers. We all know that!

Playing favourites? Many have expressed concern that the judge will play the nepotism card while critiquing her sister

Playing favourites? Many have expressed concern that the judge will play the nepotism card while critiquing her sister

Blood is thicker than water: Motsi seemed perfectly happy to admit that she'd never do anything to 'tarnish Oti's much-loved reputation on the show'
Blood is thicker than water: Motsi seemed perfectly happy to admit that she'd never do anything to 'tarnish Oti's much-loved reputation on the show'

Blood is thicker than water: Motsi seemed perfectly happy to admit that she'd never do anything to 'tarnish Oti's much-loved reputation on the show'

Drafted in: Soap actor Kelvin Fletcher was a late addition to the show, drafted in to replace Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing, who had to pull out after damaging his foot

Drafted in: Soap actor Kelvin Fletcher was a late addition to the show, drafted in to replace Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing, who had to pull out after damaging his foot

'Literally, I'm not judging them. I'm judging the celebrity that's going to learn to dance and how he deals with it. I'm going to try to be fair.'

She added: 'At that moment, we're in a job and we're not complete family. We're just really doing what we do. After the show, of course I will speak to [Oti], that's normal.'

She did admit that Christmas dinner could be a tad awkward this year, if Oti and Kelvin don't win.

Soap actor Kelvin was a late addition to the show, drafted in to replace Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing, who had to pull out after damaging his foot during the launch show three weeks ago.

Dancing queen: 'Whatever my sister reaches, and she's so loved here, I would never want to do anything to tarnish her work,' she said
Dancing queen: 'Whatever my sister reaches, and she's so loved here, I would never want to do anything to tarnish her work,' she said

Dancing queen: 'Whatever my sister reaches, and she's so loved here, I would never want to do anything to tarnish her work,' she said

The latest line-up: Motsi joins the panel alongside remaining judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas

The latest line-up: Motsi joins the panel alongside remaining judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas

Motsi, meanwhile, has served as a judge on the German version of Strictly, but has been added to the UK panel in order to replace Darcey Bussell, who quit the show earlier this year, having sat at the judging desk from 2012-2018.

Motsi joins the panel alongside remaining judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas.

She appeared on Lorraine on Friday morning, ahead of her first live Strictly appearance, which airs on Saturday night.

She elaborated on Oti, saying: 'I’m going to treat her like any other dancer; Oti has done so well here… me being extra hard or giving extra points would disrespect everything that Oti has achieved. I’m happy I can see my family often, she was always here I would never see her.'

She elaborated on Oti, saying: 'I’m going to treat her like any other dancer; Oti has done so well here… me being extra hard or giving extra points would disrespect everything that Oti has achieved'

She elaborated on Oti, saying: 'I’m going to treat her like any other dancer; Oti has done so well here… me being extra hard or giving extra points would disrespect everything that Oti has achieved'

On being asked to do Strictly, she said: 'It came so unexpected and I was just like calming my nerves down, when they asked me to do it I was like "oh they're going to ask so many people to join" and so I got so nervous'

On being asked to do Strictly, she said: 'It came so unexpected and I was just like calming my nerves down, when they asked me to do it I was like "oh they're going to ask so many people to join" and so I got so nervous'

On being asked to do Strictly, she said: 'It came so unexpected and I was just like calming my nerves down, when they asked me to do it I was like "oh they're going to ask so many people to join" and so I got so nervous.'

The dancer lives in Germany, and will be commuting to London for the shows.

Of this, she said: 'I decided I have to travel because I have a little baby and I didn’t want to stress her so it’s better to stress me. I know what I’m getting myself into.

'The thing is people think that [her husband] having the baby, it’s like a guy babysitting. He's not - he is the dad! Most of the time I’m with the baby but they have daddy/girl time.'

Jet-set: The dancer lives in Germany, and will be commuting to London for the shows

Jet-set: The dancer lives in Germany, and will be commuting to London for the shows

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Strictly Eve: She appeared on Lorraine the day before the new series of live shows kicks off

Strictly Eve: She appeared on Lorraine the day before the new series of live shows kicks off

Of the other judges she said: 'I knew Shirley as soon as I came to Europe, almost 20 years ago, she's a very successful woman in our dance world; the boys I met here and we connected. They’re really nice.'

Many believed there would be bad blood between Motsi and regular pro dancer Anton Du Beke, who fans thought might get given the empty chair on the judging desk.

'It's been fine... [the producers] know what they're doing and they made their choices,' she explained. 'I know Anton. I met him and he was a gentleman it wasn't anything personal at all.' 

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday on BBC One. 

Strictly's Motsi Mabuse insists she won't be 'extra hard or too generous' when judging sister Oti

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