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Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse shares her words of wisdom for the ‘Class of 2020’

She has been busy filming for Strictly Come Dancing ahead of its return on Saturday.

And Motsi Mabuse has shared her words of wisdom for the ‘Class of 2020’ and has revealed how the contestants should ‘focus on opportunities not setbacks’. 

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The judge, 39, described how she was ‘super excited’ to be back for the hit BBC show and shared how the celebs should reclaim their ‘sense of adventure’. 

Wow: Motsi Mabuse, 39, has shared her words of wisdom for the ‘Class of 2020’ and has revealed how the contestants should ‘focus on opportunities not setbacks’ on Saturday

Motsi looked every inch the dazzling judge as she posed in a gold sequin midi dress with structured shoulder pads for the return of the series.  

She wore her brunette locks in a sleek blow-dry and turned up the glam with a hint of gloss and dash of mascara.

The professional dancer took to her Instagram on Saturday to impart her advice to the 12 contestants and revealed how the show was a ‘marathon not a sprint’. 

Exciting: Motsi looked every inch the dazzling judge as she posed in a gold sequin midi dress with structured shoulder pads for the return of the series

Exciting: Motsi looked every inch the dazzling judge as she posed in a gold sequin midi dress with structured shoulder pads for the return of the series

She penned: ‘Imagine if I woke up like this lol. I wish but I didn’t!! Thank you to my fabulous team!! 

‘Boys and girls it’s a new season for the Glitterball challenge!!! I am super excited to back and alI I can say to all the contests like every year is!! 

‘Number 1 ….Reclaim your curiosity, your sense of adventure, and have some fun!!!’ 

Wisdom: The professional dancer took to her Instagram on Saturday to impart her advice to the 12 contestants and revealed how the show was a 'marathon not a sprint'

Wisdom: The professional dancer took to her Instagram on Saturday to impart her advice to the 12 contestants and revealed how the show was a ‘marathon not a sprint’

Motsi continued: ‘Number 2 ….You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith, for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. 

‘Number 3 .. This is not a sprint it’s a Marathon!! Last but not least… Focus on opportunities not setbacks. 

‘Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. Focus on the present moment, not the past or the future. Empower yourself!!!!! Class of 2020 Startttttt Dancing. Good luck to all @bbcstrictly #loveandlight.’ 

The south African judge, who first joined the hit competition last year, will be moving to the UK before the live shows kick off.  

Motsi will bring her two-year-old daughter along with her, however her Ukrainian husband – who is also a dancer – will remain in Germany for work.   

Speaking about how things will be different with coronavirus impacting how the show is made, Motsi said she thinks the ‘wholesome’ series could help viewers feel as if a little ‘bit of normality’ is back in their lives.     

It comes after the first official group photo of the 2020 line-up was released on Friday.  

The launch show, set to air on BBC One on Saturday, will see each celebrity paired with their professional partner by hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, before the cast take part in a group performance. 

Wow: The Strictly Come Dancing class pose in the first group photo L-R top Max George, Nicola Adams, Caroline Quentin, Bill Bailey, Jamie Laing, JJ Chalmers, Clara Amfo, Ranvir Singh Bottom bottom Caroline Quentin, HRVY, Jason Bell, Maisie Smith

Wow: The Strictly Come Dancing class pose in the first group photo L-R top Max George, Nicola Adams, Caroline Quentin, Bill Bailey, Jamie Laing, JJ Chalmers, Clara Amfo, Ranvir Singh Bottom bottom Caroline Quentin, HRVY, Jason Bell, Maisie Smith

YouTuber HRVY joined the cast for the group shot and got a glittering makeover after testing negative for coronavirus last week, eight days after he tested positive.

While Radio 1 host Clara Amfo, Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing and EastEnders’ Maisie Smith will also try their best to impress the judges.

Completing this year’s lineup are actress Caroline Quentin, comedian Bill Bailey, singer Max George, former home secretary Jacqui Smith, BBC pundit and former NFL star Jason Bell, former Royal Marine and Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers, Olympian Nicola Adams and Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh. 

Back for round two: This will be Motsi's second year on the danicng show, with the South African moving to the UK with her two-year-old daughter ahead of the live shows (picturd with husband Evgenij Voznyuk)

Back for round two: This will be Motsi’s second year on the danicng show, with the South African moving to the UK with her two-year-old daughter ahead of the live shows (picturd with husband Evgenij Voznyuk)

Strictly Come Dancing Contestants 2020

CAROLINE QUENTIN

Age: 60

Profession: Actress, known for roles in Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek

Caroline says: ‘I hope my knees don’t let me down and I hope the foundation garments live up to expectations when I start leaping about!’

Fun fact: She met her now-husband, Sam Farmer in 1998 on the set of Men Behaving Badly when he was one of the studio runners.

MAX GEORGE 

 Age: 31

Profession: Singer – from former boy band The Wanted

Max says: ‘Nan – I’m doing Strictly this year!’ as he vowed to make his superfan grandmother proud

Fun Fact: Max’s fellow The Wanted bandmate Jay McGuiness was on Strictlby Come Dancing in 2015 – and won it!  

CLARA AMFO

 Age: 36

Profession: Radio 1 presenter

Clara says: ‘As we know this year has been a real challenge and escapism through dancing is something I know we all enjoy’

Fun fact:  Clara has some experience of celeb gameshows, having taken part on Celebrity Masterchef in 2018

BILL BAILEY 

 Age: 55

Profession: Comedian and TV personality

Clara says: ‘I’m not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance’

Fun fact:  Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist

 

 MAISIE SMITH 

 Age: 19

Profession: EastEnders actress

Maisie says: ‘Get me in those sequins, I can’t wait to dive into the Strictly fancy dress box this winter!’

Fun fact:  Maisie won the 2019 Children In Need special of Strictly with Kevin Clifton 

 

 HRVY

 

 Age: 21

Profession: YouTube star 

HRVY says: ‘Being on Strictly is going to be such an amazing experience and I’m so thankful to be taking part this year.’

Fun fact:  HRVY follows in the footsteps of former internet star contestants Joe Sugg and Saffron Barker – the latter of whom is close friends with him 

 

JASON BELL

Age: 42

Profession: Retired American Football player – now a pundit

 Jason says: ‘I am thrilled. I’m a huge fan of the show, I’ve been watching it since I came to this country, so it’s time for me to do something cool to impress my daughter, now that she can watch me perform!’

Fun Fact: Jason is the father of Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle’s daughter. The couple were together for 11 years, only splitting recently in 2019

 RANVIR SINGH 

 Age: 43

Profession: ITV broadcaster, Political Editor for GMB

Ranvir says:  ‘It feels like I’m on a rollercoaster… Hopefully after the first dance I will feel exhilarated rather than sick!’

Fun fact: Ranvir is the fourth GMB star to star following Susanna Reid, Richard Arnold and Charlotte Hawkins.

 

NICOLA ADAMS  

 Age: 37

Profession: Double Olympic gold medallist boxer

Nicola says: ‘I’m a huge fan of the show and am thrilled to be part of something that holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts’

Fun fact:  Nicola will form the show’s first ever same-sex pairing as she is parterned with a female professional. 

   

  JJ CHALMERS

 Age: 55 Profession: Comedian and TV personality Clara says: ‘I’m not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance’ Fun fact: Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist

Age: 33

Profession: Ex Royal Marine and Invictus Games medallist

JJ says: ‘Strictly is a whole different ball game in respect to the challenges I will face but I’m up for an adventure’

Fun fact:  JJ is close friends with Prince Harry after they worked together on the Invictus Games

 

 JAMIE LAING 

 Age: 31

Profession: Made In Chelsea star

Jamie says: ‘I’m over the moon I actually get to come back and dance again. It’s going to be unbelievably amazing!’

Fun fact:  Jamie was forced to pull out of the 2019 series of Strictly after a foot injury 

 

RT HON JACQUI  SMITH

 Age: 57

Profession: Politician

Jacqui says: ‘I was speechless with excitement at being asked to join Strictly – and that’s very rare for me…!’

Fun fact:  Fifty years ago, she received a bronze medal for Scottish Highland Dancing 

 

  

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