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Who is Oti Mabuse? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 professional partnered with Jonnie Peacock

SOUTH African dancer Oti Mabuse took part in her second series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2016 and now she's returned for more with the 2017 series dancing with Jonnie Peacock.

Here's what we know about the talented professional dancer, who has a very different background from the rest…

 Oti says she is excited to get back to the showGetty Images – WireImage Oti says she is excited to get back to the show

Who is Oti Mabuse, how old is she and what is her background?

Oti Mabuse is a 27-year-old professional dancer who works on the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing.

She was born in Pretoria, South Africa and unlike many of the Strictly family, Oti did not start her path to professional dancing from a young age.

Oti studied civil engineering at university before embarking on a career in professional dancing, following in the footsteps of her sister Motsi – nine years her senior – who is a professional ballroom dancer.

Since the start of her professional career, Oti has earned various awards including first place in the German Championship Freestyle Latin competition.

She joined the show in 2015 for its thirteenth series and was partnered with boxer Anthony Ogogo but unfortunately did not make it past week three.

Oti was then partnered with Hollyoaks hunk Danny Mac, and the duo were the show's standout performers, topping the leaderboard seven times on their way to the finals.

 Former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac was paired with Oti in 20161 Former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac was paired with Oti in 2016

They were just beaten in the grand final by a stunning performance from sports presenter Ore Obuda and his partner Joanne Clifton.

But during the annual Strictly tour she and Danny were voted the favourite of audiences after being voted winners the most times.

What other shows has Oti appeared on and is she single?

Oti has some experience of dancing on telly prior to Strictly.

She took part in the German version of Strictly Come Dancing and moved to Germany to develop her professional career.

Now, off the back of Strictly, she and danced Ian Waite have announced a new 60-date tour called An Audience With Ian Waite And Oti Mabuse: Rhythm Of The Night, which will kick off in March 2018.

 She was paired with boxer Anthony Ogogo in 2015 She was paired with boxer Anthony Ogogo in 2015

When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.

He has been replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There are three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova.

Oti Mabuse and Jonnie Peacock dance the American Smooth on Strictly Co

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