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Dancing On Ice: Oti Mabuse addresses Brendan Cole ‘favouritism’ fears

The 2022 series begins tonight

Oti Mabuse has opened up about having to judge Brendan Cole on Dancing On Ice ahead of her debut tonight.

The dancer and Brendan worked together for two years on Strictly Come Dancing.

But even though they already share a bond, Oti said she won’t be “biased”.

Oti Mabuse on Dancing On Ice
Oti said she won’t be “biased” when it comes to judging Brendan (Credit: ITV)

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Speaking to The Sun, the South African dancer said: “We worked together for two years. Brendan is such a big character, but I won’t be biased.

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“He’s got one of the best professional skaters in Vanessa [Bauer], so there’s this expectation that he’s going to be amazing.”

Oti went on to speak about whether she thinks Brendan will “argue” with the judges – something he did on Strictly.

Dancing On Ice star Brendan Cole to be judged by Oti Mabuse
Brendan makes his debut tonight (Credit: ITV)

She said: “I don’t think he will argue with the judges. That’s something that he did on Strictly because he was defending his partner. Now he’s the one learning the new skill.”

Oti said Brendan is “grown up and he’s gonna take [the judges’ comments] on board and try to get better”.

The 2022 series of Dancing On Ice – hosted by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield – begins tonight.

Brendan admitted on Instagram this morning that he barely slept last night.

Dancing On Ice star Brendan Cole to be judged by Oti Mabuse
Former Strictly star Brendan was up very early this morning ahead of his Dancing On Ice debut (Credit: ITV)

Brendan to make Dancing On Ice debut tonight

Sharing a photo of himself in bed just after 5:30am, Brendan said he has been through his routine seven times in his head.

Alongside a sticker which said the time, Brendan wrote: “Guess which @dancingonice contestant can’t sleep?

“Using my time wisely… Have just been through [the] routine in my head seven times!”

Elsewhere today, professional skater Vanessa Bauer paid a touching tribute to Brendan on Instagram.

Alongside a TikTok video showing Brendan’s progression in their routine, Vanessa admitted she feels “so grateful to be partnered up” with him.

She wrote: “Todayy! B and I are skating FIRST!

“I feel so grateful to be partnered up with @brendancoleinsta and can’t wait to show you our routine!

“Hopefully all goes as planned and you enjoy it as I’m so proud of how far he has come in our months of training!”

She added: “We’re gonna give it our all and enjoy every moment of it.

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“Thank you so much for your support.”

Dancing On Ice airs on ITV, tonight, from 6:30pm.

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