Len Goodman: 'I don't agree with that' Ex Strictly judge addresses Motsi Mabuse
Len Goodman, 75, appeared on the BBC series of Strictly Come Dancing since its inception from 2004 until he exited in 2016. The former head judge has now issued a warning to Motsi Mabuse, 38, on her new role and said she will “face criticism” no matter how she scores her sibling Oti Mabuse, 28, who is a professional dancer for the show. Speaking to The Sun at the Farmfoods British Par Three Championship, the star revealed it will be difficult for her to boot her sister off the show. He told the publication: “That’s going to be the hardest thing for Motsi. Can you imagine if Oti is in the final two in the dance-off?
“Whatever decision she makes Motsi will get criticism. If she puts Oti through then people will say she’s doing her sister a favour.”
Len continued: “If she votes her off they will say she didn’t want to be seen to be keeping it in the family.”
But the former Strictly star is hopeful Motsi will act with integrity when it comes to making final decisions.
“All you can do is make the decision based on what you see and try to act with integrity. I’m sure Motsi will do that and if that means having to vote Oti off then that’s what she’ll have to do,” Len explained.
Motsi is a former South African champion and German Latin champion in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
She has been a judge on Let’s Dance in Germany since 2011, after initially joining the show as a professional dancer in 2007.
Recently, choreographer Louie Spence had slammed the BBC’s decision to appoint Motsi as the new judge.
The dancer, who rose to fame on Pineapple Dance Studios, believed Anton du Beke should have been given the role and claimed the BBC simply wanted to “tick boxes” with Motsi.
Former judge Len, has spoken out about Louie’s claims and admitted he “doesn’t agree”.
“I don’t agree with that,” he said.
“Whatever choice the BBC would have made they would have got criticised. They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
Speaking to the Mirror, Louie spoke about Motsi’s judging role, saying: “I don’t know her. She is a nobody. She isn’t a celebrity.
“I don’t understand why they wouldn’t put Anton there – everyone loves him as a pro dancer on the show – unless it was because they wanted another woman on the panel.”
BBC blasted Louie’s claims as “wrong and insulting”.
A BBC spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Motsi got the job because she was the best candidate. Any suggestion to the contrary is completely wrong and insulting.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns next month to BBC One.