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Strictly news: Motsi Mabuse pulls out of this weekend’s show as replacement judge is announced

Cynthia will be back on the panel

It’s bad news for Strictly Come Dancing star Motsi Mabuse.

The popular judge has been forced to pull out of this weekend’s live show.

Motsi broke the news on her Twitter account, with the official Strictly account quickly announcing her replacement.

strictly judge Motsi Mabuse
Motsi Mabusi won’t be on the show this weekend (Credit: BBC)

Strictly news: What did Motsi say?

Motsi said: “‘I am gutted to say I will have to miss this weekend on Strictly…

“Yesterday, I was contacted by NHS Test and Trace as being in close contact with someone on Sunday November 21 who has since tested positive.

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“Being double vaccinated & booster as I am, would normally mean exemption from isolation under the ‘close contact’ rules.

“But unfortunately German EU vaccinations are not recognised and neither is my booster in this instance.”

So I must follow UK Government Guidance and can only return after 30 November to the UK.

As a result, she added: “So I must follow UK Government Guidance and can only return after 30 November 2021 to the UK.

“Our health is the most important thing and luckily I have been tested multiple times this week and am negative.

“I am healthy, I am with my family that’s what matters! I wish everyone good luck, sending you my love. Keep dancing. Until then, lots of love and stay safe,” she said.

So who is replacing Motsi on Strictly this week?

The Strictly Twitter account revealed that news at lunchtime today too.

It posted: “As Motsi will not be taking part in #Strictly this weekend, we are delighted that Cynthia Erivo will be joining us as a guest judge again!

“We look forward to having Motsi back in the Ballroom next week.”

How did Strictly fans react to the news?

Some Motsi fans have said they’ve started a petition to get her reinstated.

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Another commented: “Don’t do this to us,” with a crying meme.

“You will be missed, ” said another as a result of the news.

“This has actually just broke my heart! Sending you so much love! A vaccine is a vaccine and it should be recognised regardless where you got it,” said another.

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