Motsi Mabuse, the sister of Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse, has been announced as the replacement for Darcey Bussell on the judging panel of the show.

Originally from South Africa, the 38-year-old is a former South African champion and German Latin champion and a judge on Strictly Come Dancing's German version.

She is the elder sister of Oti Mabuse, who has been on the BBC One series since 2015.

In a statement, she said: "I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel.

"I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can't wait to get started!" 

BBC director of content, Charlotte Moore, said: "Motsi is a brilliant addition to the show.

"She is a wonderful dancer in her own right and already has years of experience as a judge under her belt. We're all looking forward to welcoming her to the Strictly family."

Sarah James, executive producer of Strictly, added: "I am incredibly excited that Motsi Mabuse is joining the show.

"Motsi's natural warmth, energy and passion for dance makes her the perfect addition to our esteemed judging panel."

She takes over from Darcey Bussell, who announced in April this year that she was stepping down after seven years on the Strictly panel.