Oti Mabuse cut a casual figure as she took her dog for a walk in London on Thursday, after hinting she’s leaving Strictly ahead of her Dancing On Ice debut.

The ballroom professional, 31, nailed winter chic in a black padded jacket featuring white swirls, which she layered above a plain charcoal T-shirt.

Cutting a pair of unmissable purple joggers, she continued her look with black wellington boots while enjoying the relaxing walk alongside her pooch, Leo.

Emerging: Oti Mabuse cut a casual figure as she took her dog Leo for a walk in London on Thursday, after hinting she's leaving Strictly ahead of her Dancing On Ice debut

Emerging: Oti Mabuse cut a casual figure as she took her dog Leo for a walk in London on Thursday, after hinting she's leaving Strictly ahead of her Dancing On Ice debut

Emerging: Oti Mabuse cut a casual figure as she took her dog Leo for a walk in London on Thursday, after hinting she’s leaving Strictly ahead of her Dancing On Ice debut

She framed her face with oversized glasses and wore her brown locks in a short clipper cut, while sporting a pair of silver stud earrings.

The double champion recently hinted her Strictly career could be over after six years and two Glitterball trophies.

The pro dancer confirmed ‘an announcement will be made later’ ahead of her Dancing On Ice judging debut this Sunday.

Oti, who joined Strictly in 2015 when she was partnered with Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo, 33, revealed BBC bosses ‘congratulated’ her after she landed the ITV job.

Wrapping up: The ballroom professional, 31, nailed winter chic in a black padded jacket featuring white swirls, which she layered above a plain charcoal T-shirt

Wrapping up: The ballroom professional, 31, nailed winter chic in a black padded jacket featuring white swirls, which she layered above a plain charcoal T-shirt

Wrapping up: The ballroom professional, 31, nailed winter chic in a black padded jacket featuring white swirls, which she layered above a plain charcoal T-shirt

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She told MailOnline: ‘There will be an announcement that will be made later.

‘But for me as a person in entertainment, I really want to learn and grow and I want a long career, especially in this country.

‘I moved all the way from Africa so I must make something of myself so I am really trying to learn and do as much as I can for as long as I can, while I can.

‘I have done a couple of panel shows but I have been a dance captain and a dance detective, but I have never been said to be a judge.

'I really want to learn and grow': The pro dancer confirmed 'an announcement will be made later' ahead of her Dancing On Ice judging debut this Sunday

'I really want to learn and grow': The pro dancer confirmed 'an announcement will be made later' ahead of her Dancing On Ice judging debut this Sunday

‘I really want to learn and grow’: The pro dancer confirmed ‘an announcement will be made later’ ahead of her Dancing On Ice judging debut this Sunday

‘I love competition and I love watching people learn new skills and try to get better every single week. 

‘It is a journey that I absolutely enjoy, to be a part of, and watch. To know that I am doing it now with ice-skating is very exciting for me. I can’t wait, I am buzzing.’

Strictly judge Motsi, 40, has been guiding younger sister Oti’s career and giving her tips on how to become a top TV judge.

Oti, who won the Glitterball trophy for two consecutive years with Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher, 37, and comedian Bill Bailey, 56, said: ‘We are really close my sister and I and we know that we are quite loud and bubbly and her advice to me was just to be myself.

'I want a long career': Oti, who joined Strictly in 2015, revealed BBC bosses 'congratulated' her after she landed the ITV job (pictured in January 2022)

'I want a long career': Oti, who joined Strictly in 2015, revealed BBC bosses 'congratulated' her after she landed the ITV job (pictured in January 2022)

‘I want a long career’: Oti, who joined Strictly in 2015, revealed BBC bosses ‘congratulated’ her after she landed the ITV job (pictured in January 2022)

‘Everyone from the BBC who congratulated me said the same thing. They said be yourself, be honest, say what you see and say what you feel and say how you hope they would improve and better themselves.

‘At the end of the day it’s about the celebrities and the show and helping them get better to actually win.’

Oti made her judging debut in 2019 alongside Cheryl Tweedy, 38, in BBC One series The Greatest Dancer but her switch to ITV show The Masked Dancer impressed bosses, eventually leading to her role of judge on Dancing On Ice.

The South African dancer was also recently revealed as the host of new ITV show Romeo & Duet, telling her Instagram followers this week: ‘My heart is just full with excitement and joy about this announcement.’

Dancing on Ice starts Sunday at 6:30pm on ITV and ITV Hub.

'We are really close': Strictly judge Motsi has been guiding younger sister Oti's career and giving her tips on how to become a top TV judge (pictured in 2020)

'We are really close': Strictly judge Motsi has been guiding younger sister Oti's career and giving her tips on how to become a top TV judge (pictured in 2020)

‘We are really close’: Strictly judge Motsi has been guiding younger sister Oti’s career and giving her tips on how to become a top TV judge (pictured in 2020)

Source: DailyMail

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