Strictly faces losing two pro dancers as they plan to quit show next year

Strictly Come Dancing could lose two of its dancing professionals as they reportedly tell friends they want to quit next year.

Oti Mabuse and Alijaz Skorjanec will allegedly hand their notice to BBC to enable them to pursue other projects away from the Strictly ballroom.

Aljaz is the longest male professional still competing in the competition series and has won once in 2013 with partner Abby Clancy.

Oti is the most successful pro dancer from the the popular series after winning two years, one with Kelvin Fletcher in 2019 and Bill Bailey in 2020.

The 31-year-old has mentioned in the past she is looking forward to "starting a new life," after rumours started early this year that she would leave following this series of Strictly.

It is reported that the BBC has not yet been informed of the pairs plans to leave.

An insider from The Sun said: "Bosses will worry other stars could follow."

Oti has tried out presenting on Channel 4's Steph's Packed Lunch when the camera weren't rolling after the presenter Steph McGovern has been mentoring her.

She said: “I’m starting to present and I’m starting a new life. The person who inspires me the most is Steph McGovern.

“Sometimes when you come into the industry people do feel threatened. They do feel, ‘Oh you’re trying to take my spot.’ She didn’t. She saw something in me.

“Every time I do her show she goes, ‘We’re going to stay back and you’re going to do my bits and we’re going to practice.’ So she mentors me.

“It’s her show, her time. The whole crew does that, they wait.

“That for me is a hero, she’s an inspiration. When somebody comes into Strictly, I want to be that person who goes, ‘Let me show you the ropes.’

“She’s just showed me what it looks like when women help each other and are not scared or insecure.”

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