Oti Mabuse’s desire to win Strictly saw her ‘scream’ at ex partner on show ‘Scary as hell’12/19/2020
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Oti Mabuse will tonight perform in the Strictly Come Dancing 2020 final with Bill Bailey. The professional dancer won the compeition last year with Kelvin Fletcher, after also becomming a finalist in 2016.
Oti Mabuse used to scream at me 20 times a day that all she ever wants to do is win Strictly
Her desire to lift the Glitterball Trophy saw her “scream” at 2018 celebrity Graeme Swann.
The former English cricketer has revealed all in a new interview, gushing about the South African pro, 30.
The 41-year-old claimed “Oti wants to win more than anything” this series – which would be her second in a row.
It would see her become the only dancer to ever triumph in two consecutive seasons.
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Unfortunately Graeme and Oti only made it to seventh place two years ago, following a dance-off against Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev.
“Of course I’d love Bill Bailey and my old dance partner Oti to come out on top,” the sportsman stated.
“Partly because she used to scream at me 20 times a day that all she ever wants to do is win that thing.”
He continued: “But Bill has done really well and he’s having the time of his life – and I’m not surprised by how trim he’s looking, I know how much weight you lose doing that show.
“Obviously there’s a popularity contest element to it but Bill’s the elder statesman of the Strictly finalists and I think that might go quite well for him in the votes.”
Turning his attention to Oti, he quipped that she was “much scarier than any trainer in my cricket career”.
“Oti is brilliant,” he gushed. “She’s a laugh a minute, a cry a minute and a shout a minute, but she’s the best dancer on there by a country mile.
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“She was so naturally talented and so passionate about it. She was fun – scary as hell – but fun.”
Graeme was in the bottom two three times before he and Oti were given the boot by the judges.
The competition that year was eventually won by Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton.
The star and Betfair ambassador went on to discuss the “tough” levels of fatigue he experienced in the series.
He added: “It’s not fitness like putting in the hard yards in pre-season and pushing yourself until you feel sick and then waking up unable to move, but it’s more the longevity.
“It does still get you in good shape though and mentally, it’s very tough. In many ways it was much harder than that because it was trying to remember step after step, after step – then having a woman half your size shouting at you in a much scarier away than any physical trainer in my cricket career ever did.
“She’s tough – although Oti is by no means a tyrant. She’s a brilliant, brilliant teacher and a brilliant dancer.”
Bill is currently the favourite to win, and will go up against HRVY, Maisie Smith and Jamie Laing this evening.
Strictly Come Dancing 2020 concludes tonight at 6pm on BBC One.
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