Oti Mabuse’s Celebrity Gogglebox behind-the-scenes secrets and her new celebrity partner

Strictly Come Dancing pro Oti Mabuse announced the exciting news that she is returning to Celebrity Gogglebox alongside famous face and fan favorite Bill Bailey

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Oti Mabuse may be best known for her stint on Strictly Come Dancing – but she’s back on our screens in another show tonight.

On Wednesday, the sports pro confirmed that she is returning to the popular Channel 4 series Celebrity Gogglebox.

The 31-year-old revealed that not only would she be returning to TV screens, but she would also be with a very special guest.

Oti was previously linked to her two siblings – Phemelo Mitchell and Motsi Mabuse – the latter of whom will be known to Strictly fans for her role as a judge.

But now the South African dancer has revealed in an Instagram post that she is being joined by her former Strictly co-star Bill Bailey.

The duo quickly captured the hearts of the nation after their appearance on the BBC series in 2020, where they took home the famous Glitterball trophy after winning.

Oti and Bill won Strictly Come Dancing in 2020



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Oti revealed she was “so excited” to be starring alongside the former Strictly star for Gogglebox’s upcoming Celebrity Edition series.

She shared the news on Instagram at the time, writing, “OK here we goooo…. So excited to be watching TV with the remarkable @billbaileyofficial.

“This Friday! I haven’t laughed like that in a long time. Don’t miss it at 9pm on @channel4 @c4gogglebox”.

On the day of the announcement, Bill shared sweet selfies of the duo as the pair reunited after their incredible dance streak.

The duo are confirmed to star on Celebrity Gogglebox



Posing alongside his pal, Bill captioned the shot, “Was filming the other day and met this cool client who stole my sunglasses.”

“Back together a few days of filming with the lovely and charming @otimabuse,” he added.

Oti and Bill are just two of the many famous people who will be watching some of Britain’s best breathtaking moments on TV.

Rachel Riley and Nick Grimshaw are just two of the incredible celebrities who will also join the new series’ lineup.

Bill shared the selfie on Instagram



With viewers in their thousands watching the celebrity faces on screen, Oti provided a surprising behind-the-scenes look at the show.

In 2019, she told the Express, “I don’t really think people know what’s going on by watching the show.

“The environment is pretty relaxed,” she said. “The goal is simply to get people to feel at home and keep it casual and just watch.

“That’s all.” She continued, “You just sit there and watch the show.

“There’s a lot of cameras, but that didn’t put me off because the goal is just to see the show and say what you see and feel.”

Oti was a regular star on Celebrity Gogglebox


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The Strictly Pro revealed that celebrities tend to film scenes for about four hours a day – where they just sit and watch TV.

She said: “It was an experience. It was nice. Especially my sister Phemelo who lives in South Africa came here to Europe and enjoyed her time.

“She’s literally learning about British culture, the culture of transport, the food, and it’s nice to have her around.”

The TV star even revealed her eagerness to join the show as a regular contestant – should the opportunity as a permanent fixture present itself.

“I mean, if Gogglebox wanted me to be a regular, I would,” she said.

Celebrity Gogglebox airs on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm.

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