Strictly: Motsi RETURNS to judging panel after two week hiatus

Strictly Come Dancing: ‘There is nothing better than being here!’: Motsi Mabuse makes her RETURN to the panel after two week isolation hiatus while HRVY and Janette make history with their perfect score

  • The judge, 39, returned to the panel after having to miss two weeks due to isolating in Germany 
  • Motsi said she made the ’emergency trip’ after her dance school was broken into 
  • Anton Du Beke filled in as her replacement during her quarantine period 
  • HRVY and Janette made history as they received a perfect score -for the first time in week six of the competition – with their couple’s chance routine 

Motsi Mabuse made a triumphant return to the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel on Saturday night, after a two week hiatus.  

The television personality, 39, cut a glamorous figure in a satin floral metallic dress as she told hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman she was delighted to be back in the studios, after having to isolate in Germany. 

Meanwhile, HRVY, 21, and Janette Manrara, 37, made history as – for the first time in week six – the pair got a perfect score, with the judges praising them for their ‘unbelievable’ Couple’s Choice routine.

She’s back! Motsi Mabuse made a triumphant return to the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel on Saturday night, following her two week hiatus 

Marking Motsi’s return, Claudia, 48, said: ‘A huge welcome back to Motsi, we have missed you. How does it feel to be back?’, to which the South African dancer replied: ‘You know what, it was such a joy to watch from home on the couch but there is nothing better than being here. I love you so much, thank you guys.’

Anton Du Beke stepped in to cover the role after Motsi had to isolate due to an emergency trip to Germany. 

The South African dancer caught a flight after her dance school was ‘targeted’ and worked with police to ‘solve the crime’.    

Perfect score: Meanwhile, HRVY, 21, and Janette Manrara, 37, made history as, for the first time in week six, the pair got a perfect score with the judges praising them for their ‘unbelievable’ Couple’s Choice routine

Gorgeous: Motsi, 39, cut a glamorous figure in a satin floral dress as she told hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman she was delighted to be back in the studios, after having to isolate in Germany 

Welcome back! Marking Motsi’s return, Claudia, 48, said: ‘A huge welcome back to Motsi, we have missed you. How does it feel to be back?’

The highlight of the night was when HRVY and Janette topped the leaderboard and got a standing ovation from the judges. 

Craig labelled their lyrical Couple’s Choice routine to a Sky Full Of Stars by Coldplay ‘GOAT… Greatest Of All Time.’ He added: ‘Brilliant, absolutely amazing.’ 

While Shirley told Janette it was the ‘most amazing Couple’s Choice choreography I’ve seen, by far’. 

Motsi added: ‘What a night to come back to. Unbelievable’. 


Well done: HRVY and Janette got a standing ovation with Craig labelling their lyrical Couple’s Choice routine a Sky Full Of Stars by Coldplay ‘GOAT… Greatest Of All Time.’ He added: ‘Brilliant, absolutely amazing’

Impressive: While Shirley told Janette it was the ‘most amazing Couple’s Choice choreography I’ve seen, by far’. Motsi added: ‘What a night to come back to. Unbelievable’

Making history: Claudia told them: ‘You have made Strictly history, there have never been a perfect score in week 6. Craig’s first 10. You’ve never got a perfect score Janette. And you did it in those outfits. I’m so proud of you’

Claudia told them: ‘You have made Strictly history, there have never been a perfect score in week 6. Craig’s first 10. You’ve never got a perfect score Janette. And you did it in those outfits. I’m so proud of you.’   

Clara, 36, and Aljaž Škorjanec, 30, opened the competition, dancing the jive to River Deep, Mountain High by Tina Turner. 

The BBC presenter was hoping to bounce back after failing to impress the judges last week with her Chef themed Samba, scoring just 18 points out of 30. 

Kick-starting the show: Clara, 36, and Aljaž Škorjanec, 30, opened the competition, dancing the jive to River Deep, Mountain High by Tina Turner

Hopeful: The BBC presenter was hoping to bounce back after failing to impress the judges last week with her Chef theme Samba, scoring just 18 points out of 30 

Criticism: Shirley said: ‘What a way to open the show, it was a little bit hit and miss. Some parts you did were outstanding, there was those few mistakes. I’m so sorry for you, but you did try your best’

Strictly leaderboard: Week 6 

1. Hrvy and Janette Manrara – Couple’s Choice- 30

2. Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez – Quickstep- 29 

3. JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden – Viennese Waltz- 25  

4. Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse – Jive- 24

Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer – Tango- 24 

Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice – American Smooth- 24  

5. Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec – Jive – 19 

But due to nerves, Clara sadly made a series of mistakes which caused points to be docked when the judges cast their vote.  

Shirley said: ‘What a way to open the show, it was a little bit hit and miss. Some parts you did were outstanding, there was those few mistakes. I’m so sorry for you, but you did try your best.’

Motsi added: ‘It’s true we saw the mistakes but I honestly had goosebumps.  There were special moments, you let go. You started off great, the right amount of energy.’

Craig said Clara did a lot better than last week but it still went ‘horribly wrong’. 

Clara told Claudia she ‘lost her nerve a little bit but still had fun’. The judges awarded them 19 points out of 30 which put them bottom of the leaderboard.

Jamie Laing, 32, and Karen Hauer, 38, returned to the dance floor after topping the leaderboard last week. 

The pair performed the tango to Tanguera by the Argentine orchestral group, Sexteto Mayo, which got a standing ovation from Motsi and Shirley. 

Motsi said: ‘I have to say you are so infectious. Today, what a contrast in your persona and you were on the floor. The first few steps I was like “Jamie, you kept it”. I see an improved shoulder line, your focus, you were, now and then, a little bit too late on your feet.’

Craig said: ‘The lead was questionable only at times. I loved the concept, sharp staccato, brilliant.’

Shirley chimed: ‘There was drama tension, great story-telling. You have a beautiful connection with this young lady. The thing you have to work is take your ear and listen to that music. The sky is the limit for you young man.’ 

The pair got a total score of 24- a drastic improvement from his previous ballroom score of 17. 

Different dance: Jamie Laing, 32, and Karen Hauer, 38, returned to the dancefloor after topping the leaderboard last week


Back to ballroom: The pair performed the tango to Tanguera by the Argentine orchestral group, Sexteto Mayo, which got a standing ovation from Motsi and Shirley

Improvement: The pair got a total score of 24, a drastic improvement from his previous ballroom score of 17

Retro: GMB anchor Ranvir Singh, 43, and Giovanni Pernice, 30, captivated viewers with the American Smooth to I Say A Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin, after putting on a sizzling display with their Argentine Tango

Marriage: The pair, who have been the subject of swirling romance rumours in recent weeks, said they were channelling a husband and wife for the dance

She’s got the moves: Ranvir was praised for doing a solo piece by Shirley, who said she was the best female frame in the competition the judges have seen so far

Chemistry: Motsi went on to say praise the ‘connection, the partnering. You’re allowing yourself to open yourself up. I truly adore you two dancing together’

GMB anchor Ranvir Singh, 43, and Giovanni Pernice, 30, captivated viewers with their American Smooth to I Say A Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin, after putting on a sizzling display with their Argentine Tango. 

The pair, who have been the subject of swirling romance rumours in recent weeks, said they were channelling a husband and wife they had met for the dance. 

Ranvir was praised for doing a solo piece by Shirley, who said she had the best female frame in the competition by a country mile. 

Motsi went on to say praise the ‘connection, the partnering. You’re allowing yourself to open yourself up. I truly adore you two dancing together’.

Ranvir and Giovanni walked away with a score of 24, putting them joint place on the leaderboard with Karen and Jamie and Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse. 


‘Bit stompy’: Bill Bailey, 55, and Oti Mabuse, 30, jived to One Way or Another by 80s group, Blondie, but the judges were unimpressed after the comedian made quite a few mistakes

Bill, 55, and Oti, 30, jived to One Way or Another by 80s group, Blondie, but the judges were unimpressed after the comedian made quite a few mistakes. 

As Craig gave his critique of the dance being a ‘little bit stompy’, he was interrupted by Anton Du Beke booing. 

He said: ‘Is that Anton booing from the seats darling?’, laughing Tess said: ‘He wasn’t on his own’.

Craig added: ‘Sorry Anton but you’re no longer up here’, to which he received a chorus of boos, and joked: ‘That’s more like it!’. 

Bill got a score of 24 after Shirley told him she would have to deduct points due to his mistakes.  

His say: As Craig gave his critique of the dance being a little ‘bit stompy’, he was interrupted by Anton Du Beke booing

Having a laugh: He said: ‘Is that Anton booing from the seats darling. Sorry Anton but you’re no longer up here’

JJ Chalmers, 33 and Amy Dowden’s Viennese Waltz to Rescue by Lauren Daigle was called ‘charming, elegant, full of class, gorgeous’, by Craig.

Shirley said she loved the reverse turn and standing spin, telling the veteran it was ‘just beautiful’.  

As they were going up the stairs, Amy told JJ: ‘Well done that is absolutely gorgeous, the best you have ever done it’. 

And the duo were delighted when they were awarded 25 points for their performance.  


Fabulous darling: JJ Chalmers, 33 and Amy Dowden’s Viennese Waltz to Rescue by Lauren Daigle was called ‘charming, elegant, full of class, gorgeous’, by Craig

Maisie Smith, 19, and Gorka Marquez, 30, ended the show with the quickstep to When You’re Smiling by Andy Williams. 

The EastEnders actress had a knock in her confidence after finding herself in the dance-off for two consecutive weeks but came back with a vengeance on Saturday night, with Craig labelling the dance: ‘incredible’.  

‘You showed us vulnerable side of you and I really appreciate that. You covered the floor. A real sense of listening to your partner, well done,’ Shirley said. 

Maisie got 29, placing her second on the leaderboard. Of her score she said: ‘I was not expecting that at all, wow, thank you.’

Princess: Maisie Smith, 19, and Gorka Marquez, 30, ended the show with the quickstep to When You’re Smiling by Andy Williams

Teamwork: Maisie got 29, placing her second on the leaderboard. Of her score she said: ‘I was not expecting that at all, wow, thank you’

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