Strictlys Motsi Mabuse says sister Oti wont go down without a fight as she attempts third win

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has spoken out about the ‘pressure’ her professional dancer sister Oti is under as this year’s competition gets underway.

Motsi has watched Oti lift the show’s glitter ball trophy for two years running, alongside former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher and last year’s winner Bill Bailey.

And now the much-loved pro is attempting to break her own record and win for a third consecutive time with her new celebrity partner.

Speaking about Oti’s chances on the countdown to the series’ launch, Motsi told The Mirror: “There’s a lot of pressure on my little one. But she’s a lion.”

The judge, who also works on Germany’s version of the show Let’s Dance, continued: “She’s a fighter, she’s got all great qualities and she’s not going down without a fight.”

Further opening up about their backstage dynamic while working alongside one another on the hit show, Motsi added: “Yes, we’re sisters and we have a very tight relationship, but we know why we’re here and there are boundaries.”

“It’s funny to see how we are in those professional surroundings, but we’ve got that respect for each other.”

This comes after the 40-year-old exclusively opened up to OK! about being part of the BBC extravaganza, as well as her relationship with the other star judges, Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke.

After saying that she had a particularly close bond with Shirley, Motsi explained: “Shirley and I are always writing to and checking up on each other.”

“I have a lot of respect for Shirley. She loves women who are capable of having their own energy because that is Shirley, and so she respects when she can see that someone’s working hard and has a good energy.”

Adding that they lean on one another for support throughout the series, including when it comes to comments from social media trolls, Motsi said: “I will always support Shirley.”

“She’s the Head Judge so she’s got huge pressure. And she’s also a woman, let’s be honest.”

She continued: “If a man does it, it’s OK, but if a woman is head of something, some people still have their own issues with that. But that’s their problem – she’s doing a great job."

Meanwhile, Motsi said she couldn’t wait for former pro dancer Anton to sit alongside her on the panel, describing it as “destiny”.

She said: “It was coming one way or another. Anton has the right sense of humour for the country and everybody knows and loves him, so he’s going to bring a real wholesome feeling.”

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Strictly Come Dancing starts tonight at 7.45pm on BBC One

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