Oti Mabuse being coached in presenting by Steph McGovern amid Strictly exit rumours

Oti Mabuse discusses how a book helped her Strictly career

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Oti Mabuse, 30, began working as a host on Steph’s Packed Lunch last year, and has been a huge success with viewers at home, who tune in week after week to watch the show. The Strictly Come Dancing professional has now divulged how after the show stops taping, she stays behind with her co-host Steph McGovern, who takes time to coach and develop her presenting skills.

I work a lot with Steph

Oti Mabuse

Opening up on TV presenters she admires, Oti shared: “I work a lot with Steph McGovern, doing Steph’s Packed Lunch live. 

“After every show, the whole crew stays for 15 minutes so I can run the show as Steph. She gives me cues — how to read certain things, how I speak, how to pronounce and enunciate words,” she added.

Oti will be swapping the dance floor for the judging panel this year for new ITV series The Masked Dancer.

However, she is yet to confirm any further presenting commitments or a move away from Strictly despite mounting speculation due to her other work commitments outside the show.

She continued: “Also, Gethin Jones on Morning Live. Those two are the people that have motivated and actually helped me.

“I look up to Holly Willoughby and Davina because she’s so natural. And Zoe Ball,” she added to The Metro.

Oti has been appearing on Steph’s Packed Lunch frequently, as well as Morning Live to assist with the Strictly Fitness segment.

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs every weekday live from Leeds and sees Steph interviewing celebrity guests while also discussing headlines and sampling cuisine from TV chefs.

Oti has been confirmed to be a part of the Strictly line-up this year after winning the competition for two years in a row.

Previously, she had mentioned how this could be her final series, as she begins to focus on expanding her career in different areas.

Oti spoke candidly about her future on the dance show as she talked to The Telegraph.

She admitted: “I love to dance and also I love bringing joy to so many people. But I think that will be the last one.”

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The dancer said although her skill is “important” to her, she “can’t be dancing forever”.

She continued: “Never in a million years did I think I can open my own Oti Mabuse Dance Studio and teach, and do something else I love,” she said. 

“Having choices like The Masked Dancer and live presenting was only possible for me because of coming to the UK. 

“There are so many possibilities here. When I was growing up in Pretoria there were none.”

Initially, Oti felt confused when she was approached to star in The Masked Dancer, as she thought they wanted her to be a contestant on the show rather than a judge.

The Strictly Come Dancing professional has joined the panel of the new show alongside Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross, and Mo Gilligan.

She said: “I was under the impression that I was doing it as a contestant.

“I was just yacking away to them about how I would spice it up and they were like, ‘Well, let’s just have another chat and then we can talk about the jury.’

“I was like, ‘What?'”

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