Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse signs up for this year’s series after pulling out of German tour that clashed with the show

STRICTLY’S Motsi Mabuse will appear as a judge in this year’s series after pulling out of a rival event.

The star, 40, would have missed four weeks in a row after signing up for the Let’s Dance tour in Germany.

A show source said: “Her diary clash has been a real headache for everyone. There was no way she could have done both.

"So when push came to shove she passed on the tour and signed a new contract.

“The Strictly bosses are thrilled to have her back on board.

“Their main aim for this year was to get all four of the judges back on the panel, and Motsi has been the biggest question mark.”

She will join head judge Shirley Ballas, 60, Bruno Tonioli, 65, and Craig Revel-Horwood, 56.

But her bosses for the German theatre show, which she appeared on promotional posters for, are still selling tickets to fans who are expecting to see her on stage.

Last year’s Strictly show saw Motsi replaced by Anton Du Beke, 54, after she flew home to Germany for an “urgent trip” that left her needing to self isolate.

And Bruno Tonioli appeared on the show remotely after Covid rules stopped him commuting between the US and the UK.

The source added: “It was an achievement that Strictly aired last year.

“We want to keep limitations to a minimum, and give a show that is as normal as possible.”

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