Oti Mabuse talks behind-the-scenes trick which helped her win Strictly ‘Worked every week’

Strictly: Oti Mabuse says Bill Bailey is ‘an amazing guy’

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Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse, 30, became the winning professional on the show for the second year running last year with comedian Bill Bailey. Ahead of this, she won the Glitterball trophy for the first time with ex Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher.

The dancer opened up about her behind-the-scenes move when asked how she deals with the competitiveness by presenter Sara Cox.

In response, she revealed how Jay Shetty’s book Think Like A Monk helped her stay focused on being the best dancer and teacher she could be.

She revealed: “I was reading this book during Strictly and somehow, I just felt like every chapter worked with every single week.

“Obviously I won with Bill, who didn’t look like he was ever going to win, so to be competitive and be like, ‘Yeah me and Bill are going to win’, was never going to work.”

Oti went on to say she had wondered whether she would be able to deliver impressive routines like her fellow competitors on the show.

She added on Between The Covers: “It was a book like this that goes, ‘That’s not your journey, that’s not your path, that’s not your bubble’.”

The dancer added the book encouraged her to be “the best version of you” and helped her ensure that Bill was OK and ready to deliver the routine to his best ability.

“It calmed my competitive spirit down, like ‘Oti breathe’ but it was also forgiving,” she continued to explain.

“Competitiveness, sometimes you wanna go, ‘There is no room for failure’ and when failures does occur you need to be like, ’It’s OK it’s normal’.

“But when you’re a perfectionist, it’s like, ‘No that’s not how it is!’

“So, I love the fact that it’s just about looking at yourself and focusing on yourself from withi,n to then present yourself outwards,” she concluded.

Oti is the only professional dancer on the show to have won the Glitterball trophy in two consecutive years with a celebrity.

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The Strictly star joined the BBC show in 2015.

In a recent interview, she said this year’s series will probably be her last.

Speaking to The Telegraph, she spilled: “I love to dance and love bringing joy to so many people, but I think (this year’s Strictly) will be the last.

“To be part of a show like Strictly, which is so diverse in every sense of the word, is incredible.

“But honestly… as a woman, I can’t be dancing forever.”

Oti has since clarified what she meant by her comment after hitting the headlines.

Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch, she said: “The thing about Strictly is, is that I take it one year at a time, and that is what I should have said.”

Aside from her Strictly duties, she has also been confirmed as a judge on the upcoming series of The Masked Dancer UK, which airs later this month.

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