Oti Mabuse: Strictly star left in tears as co-star leaves the show ‘I’m devastated’

Oti Mabuse, 29, is a fan favourite on the popular dance series Strictly Come Dancing, and will soon be hitting the ballroom dance floor in the new series. The BBC star has revealed her “devastation” after Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing, 30, had to quit the BBC show after he suffered an injury. The Strictly star admitted she thought she would no longer be a part of the current series, when the dancer chatted to Radio Times. She told the publication: “I was devastated when Jamie hurt himself and I had a long, tearful conversation with him.

I was devastated

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“For a while I thought I had no partner and I was in bed all day thinking ‘I can’t do the show!’”

Fortunately, for the ballroom professional one of the show bosses assured her they were looking into the situation.

Oti said: “When they called and told me about Kelvin, I cried and it turns out he’s incredible.”

The South-African dancer’s emotional revelation, comes after it was announced Jamie could no longer take part in the show.

Earlier this month, the reality television star suffered a leg injury which left him unable to carry on in the competition.

Jamie has since been replaced by Emmerdale actor Kevin Fletcher, 35.

The Made In Chelsea star, who made the decision to quit the BBC show addressed his replacement in a congratulatory Instagram video.

In view of his 889,000 followers, Jamie said: “Happy Sunday everyone! I just wanted to give a big congratulations and shout out to Kelvin Fletcher who’s taking my place in Strictly this year.”

The TV personality then thanked the soap star for reaching out to him earlier in the day and wished him the best of luck on the programme.

He continued: “Buddy, thank you for your message. I’m sending one back because honestly you’re going to have the best time and you’re going to rock the dance floor, can’t wait.

“Plus you have Oti, so go on kill it. Good luck.”

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Jamie’s statement comes after Kelvin admitted his Strictly announcement was “bittersweet” due to the reality star’s “misfortune”.

The Emmerdale actor told his 114,000 followers: “I love music and I love to dance, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be any good because once you put choreography in there and a few dance moves, who knows?

“But we’ll see. I’m so excited to meet the professionals and the rest of the cast. Admittedly it’s bittersweet, obviously Jamie’s misfortune, I can’t help but feel for him.”

You can read the full interview with Oti Mabuse and Kelvin Fletcher in this week’s issue of Radio Times.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday at 7.00pm.

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