Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse has revealed she didn't speak to her sister Motsi for three months!
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The professional dancer confessed that during last year's series, where Motsi appeared as a judge, the siblings avoided any private contact with each other to dispel accusations of cheating.
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"We were very professional and, to be fair to everyone else, it needed to be," the 30-year-old, who won the show both in 2019 with Kelvin Fletcher and again in 2020 with Bill Bailey, told The Sun last year.
"I only really saw her on the show day on Saturdays when she was critiquing. Kelvin and I didn't really speak to her, either, because we were so busy."
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Oti admitted that she didn't even know her sister had bagged Dame Darcey Bussell's empty seat until the BBC announced it in July 2019.
She added: "I only found out on the day Motsi was announced, as production don't tell me anything. They do what they do and they did what was best for the show. Other than that I have no control. I know how amazing Motsi is and to see her in that capacity, I was proud of her.
Oti and Motsi have an incredibly close relationship
"It was nice for everyone to see her and for everyone to open up to her. She has been doing that role for ten years and it was nice to see her judging on a show that she has always wanted to do."
Of course, the sisters found themselves in a similar situation last year. Oti once again won th competition, this time with celeb partner Bill Bailey, with Motsi passing her critique from the judging panel, along with Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas.
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Motsi is a fan favourite on the judging panel
Los Angeles-based Bruno Tonioli was notably absent, only appearing on the Sunday evening shows via video due to the pandemic.
Motsi previously said of Bruno’s remote judging set-up: "I think everybody has a special spot on the judging panel and Bruno is not replaceable. We all have to adjust. [Remote judging] may be an aspect of the show that we never knew was missing. We will have to see what works as we go."
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