Strictly: Bill Bailey says that Oti Mabuse is ‘a very strict teacher’
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Oti Mabuse has recalled “teaching from a place of fear” during the 14th season of Strictly Come Dancing. That year, Oti went on to become the joint runners up with her celebrity pairing Danny Mac alongside Kevin Clifton and singer Louise Redknapp.
It was leading from a place of fear but now I lead from a place of love
Now, in a frank confession, the 30-year-old revealed that while she may have sailed through to the final, it wasn’t always easy for her.
Her worries came after Oti and celebrity partner, wrestler and former boxer Anthony Ogogo, faced the tough elimination in series three.
Due to this, she was constantly reminding herself that her time in the competition was not “guaranteed”.
In a new episode of her podcast, The Rhythm of Life, Oti opened up to TV presenter Melvin Odoom.
“So in my head, every week you’re not guaranteed why would I make it to the final?” she said.
Oti added: “Now, who says that? I had the experience, the only experience that I ever had was going out of the show early.
“So the second season I was like, ‘I can’t, I can’t, I cannot go out early’, so I was driven from a place of fear.”
The professional dancer later explained: “I firmly believe anyone can learn how to dance anyone, it’s just levels of how you can take those different levels it’s different strides it’s a different technique.”
Speaking of how she teaches a celebrity Dance, Oti continued: “My methods work for the person that I’m with at that time.”
Addressing her time dancing with Danny Mac, she explained: “I couldn’t, what I did to you, I could never do that to Graeme, because he would be like, ‘He’s not even listening he’s jumping up and down, at the windows behind me, he’s not even listening'”.
“Whereas with Bill [Bailey], he’s like, ‘OK, so, give me the hardest that you can’, and I’m like, ‘God’, and he does it,” she joked.
However, despite being partnered with a different celebrity each year, the professional ballroom star believes the success is down to the determination of her partner.
She explained: “It’s different levels and my determination is like 100.
“When I’m on Strictly you know, I go really crazy, but it was leading from a place of fear but now I lead from a place of love, I teach from a place of love.”
Despite her initial fears, Oti has gone on to reach the final on three occasions.
While she may have once thought she would never reach the final, she went on to win back to back in 2019 and 2020.
Oti was recently left inundated with support after spoke out following the riots in South Africa,
In view of her 163,000 Twitter followers, she penned: “Imagine waking up to the realisation that your parents are still in you can’t see them, haven’t seen them for years and probably still won’t! #SouthAfricariots.”
BBC Breakfast co-anchor Dan Walker took to the comment section, saying: “So sorry Oti.”
“This is rotten for you and all your family, Oti. Take care,” commented one fan.
Before a second penned: “I hope you can get in contact with them to make sure they are ok, this must be so hard for you to see.”
You can listen to the full podcast with Oti Mabuse and Melvin Odoom here.
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