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Strictly’s Motsi Mabuse reveals she WON’T be on the judging panel this week

Strictly’s Motsi Mabuse reveals she WON’T be on the judging panel this week after being pinged despite being triple jabbed… because she was vaccinated in Germany

  • Motsi, 40 said she was contacted by NHS Test and Trace on Thursday
  • Although she has been triple jabbed she says her vaccines aren’t recognised 
  • The professional dancer said she must now isolate until November 30
  • Motsi reassured fans she has been tested multiple times and is negative
  • She will be replaced by Cynthia Erivo on Saturday’s Strictly – who stood in for judge Craig Revel Horwood last week when he tested positive


Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has revealed she won’t be on the judging panel this week after being pinged by NHS Test and Trace.

The professional dancer, 40, is triple jabbed, however she is currently in Germany and not able to travel back due to UK Government guidelines, which do not recognise the vaccines she received. 

Motsi’s news comes a week after Craig Revel Horwood was forced to pull out of last week’s show after testing positive for Covid-19.

Missing out: Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has revealed she won’t be on the judging panel this week after being pinged by track and trace

Taking to her Twitter page on Friday, Motsi wrote: ‘I am gutted to say I will have to miss this weekend on Strictly… yesterday, I was contacted by NHS Test and Trace as being in close contact with someone on Sunday November 21 who has since tested positive.

Being double vaccinated & booster as I am, would normally mean exemption from isolation under the ‘close contact’ rules, but unfortunately German EU vaccinations are not recognised and neither is my booster in this instance. 

‘So I must follow UK Government Guidance and can only return after 30 November 2021 to the UK. Our health is the most important thing and luckily I have been tested multiple times this week and am negative.

Explanation: The professional dancer, 40, said although she has been tripled jabbed she must still isolate because her vaccinations which were done in Germany are not recognised

Explanation: The professional dancer, 40, said although she has been tripled jabbed she must still isolate because her vaccinations which were done in Germany are not recognised

‘I am healthy, I am with my family that’s what matters! I wish everyone good luck, sending you my love. Keep dancing. Until then, lots of love and stay safe xx.’ 

The government website states the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) is not recognised as proof of vaccination for passengers travelling to the UK.

A spokesperson for the show then confirmed that guest judge Cynthia Erivo – who covered for Craig last week – would return to take Moti’s place.

They 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. 

Stand in: She will be replaced by Cynthia Erivo on Saturday's Strictly - who stood in for judge Craig Revel Horwood last week when he tested positive

Stand in: She will be replaced by Cynthia Erivo on Saturday’s Strictly – who stood in for judge Craig Revel Horwood last week when he tested positive

‘We look forward to having Motsi back with us next weekend.’ 

Last year, Motsi was forced to judge virtually from home after flying outside of the UK to travel to Germany following a break in at her dance studio.

After jetting in and out of the country, Motsi had to follow the 14 day isolation rules which meant she was unable to appear in person on the show for two weeks.

She said at the time: ‘Earlier this week, I needed to travel to Germany for an urgent reason. I will of course be following the UK Government guidelines and self-isolating for 14 days.

‘I’ll be watching from home and by the power of technology, should be in your living rooms. Watch out though, I’ll be doing my own hair and make-up.’

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