Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse forced to sit out show this weekend after Covid 'close contact'

Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse will have to sit out this weekend’s show after coming into close contact with someone with Covid.

The 40-year-old took to Instagram to confirm the news after she was contacted by the NHS test and trace app over contact with a Covid case on November 21.

It’s unknown who will replace her.

In a statement, Motsi said she was “gutted” to be absent from this weekend’s shows.

The Strictly judges

She wrote: “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 21st Nov who has since tested positive.”

The dancer added: “Being double vaccinated and booster as I am, would normally mean exemption from isolation under the ‘close contact’ rules, but unfortunately German EU vaccines are not recognised and neither is my booster in this instance.”

She continued: “So I must follow UK Government guidance and can only return after 30 November 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.”

She concluded: “I wish everyone good luck. Sending my love. Keep dancing. Until then, lots of love and stay safe.”

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