Oti Mabuse reveals surprising nod to Kelvin Fletcher in Greatest Dancer final preparations

Oti Mabuse, 29, seemed to pay homage to her incredible showdance with her Strictly Come Dancing 2019 partner Kelvin Fletcher ahead of The Greatest Dancer 2020 final tonight. The dance captain is hoping for Ballroom dance duo Michael and Jowita, who she has mentored throughout the BBC series, to win this evening after all of their hard work together.

While preparing for tonight’s grand finale, Oti appeared to reveal to her 405,000 Instagram followers that she had brought her shoes from her and Kelvin’s showdance to Shout by The Isley Brothers, which helped the pair to win Strictly’s Glitterball trophy last year.

Showing off the black high-heeled shoes to the camera in a short video, Oti explained in the caption: “Lucky showdance shoes.

“Let’s do this @michael_jowita,” alongside a red heart emoji.

The professional dancer also played Shout in the background of the clip to showcase the significance of the pair of shoes.

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It is unclear whether Oti wore the shoes on the show, or if she just kept them in her dressing room for good luck.

The star’s mention of her showdance with Kelvin comes after she praised Michael and Jowita ahead of The Greatest Dancer.

In a sweet Instagram post alongside a gallery of snaps of her spending time with the duo, she wrote: “Tonight @michael_jowita take @greatestdancer floor for the last time. 

“You have been nothing but impeccable in my eyes. I am so proud of you and how much you’ve taken on this show and this new world and given you’re absolute everything. 


“In 6 weeks we’ve formed a friendship and you’ve shown me and proven that with hard work anything can be achieved and there are no limits when you want to achieve something as long as your heart is in it.”

She added: “@jamezbennett thank you for your late nights of planning, laughing, preparing and being so involved in all of #otisquad (also for being the strict one) lol I just freaking adore you to all 3 of you – this has been an unforgettable ride, now go out there and DANCE YOUR HEART OUT. 

“Lastly thank you to everyone who has supported @michael_jowita your messages, texts, calls and vote we are all incredibly grateful x #michaeljowita #greatestdancer.”

Oti’s fans and Strictly co-stars took to the comments section of her post to wish her and the dancers luck.

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Alex Scott wrote: “Can’t wait to watch and cheer these two humble, incredible human beings on tonight. Good luck team Oti and go get it @michael_jowita @jowitaprzystal.”

Strictly pro Gorka Marquez added: “GOOD LUCK TONIGHT @otimabuse CHEERING FOR YOU GUYS.”

Michael and Jowita thanked Oti as they wrote back: “Thank You sooo much! We couldn’t achieve any of that without you !!!!!! Can’t wait to perform with you tonight !!!! Love love loveeee.”(sic)

A fan commented: “We had the privilege of watching their audition to be on TGD in Birmingham and we have loved and championed them [email protected] start. Really really hope they take the title tonight. Everything crossed for you all xx.”


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Another person said: “Good luck for later, I’ll be voting for you both.”

The winner of The Greatest Dancer will get the opportunity to perform on Strictly this year.

Oti recently announced some exciting news with her husband Marius Iepure.

The couple wrote: “Oti Mabuse & Marius Iepure invite you to be a part of the upcoming events in London and the UK!

“We love to dance, to perform, to teach dancing and we want to share our love for dance and entertainment with you.

“We will have some of your favourite TV Professional dancers joining us. If you want to get early bird tickets, up to date news and to be the first to get the information about our future events please subscribe!”

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