STRICTLY ANNOUNCES MOTSI MABUSE AS NEW JUDGE 0 73

Motsi Mabuse, judge on Let’s Dance (the German version of Strictly Come Dancing) and professional dancer, has been confirmed as the new judge on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Originally from South Africa, Motsi is a former South African Champion and German Latin Champion in 2009 and 2010.

Motsi has been a judge on Let’s Dance in Germany since 2011, after joining the show in 2007 as a professional dancer.

Sister to professional dancer and cherished Strictly star Oti Mabuse, Motsi was expected to become a lawyer and join the family law firm but her passion for dance took over whilst she was studying at the University of Pretoria.

Motsi Mabuse says: “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!”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, says: “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, says: “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.”

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INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2019: THE WINNERS REVEALED 0 18

You’ve been voting in your thousands all summer, and the moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here – it’s time to reveal the winners of the Inside Soap Awards 2019!

And the big news is that Hollyoaks has triumphed as Best Soap for the first time in the history of the awards. The cast will be presented with their trophy at a glitzy ceremony this evening at London venue Sway.

“It’s been an amazing soap year – in fact, the awards have never been more keenly fought,” says Inside Soap editor Steven Murphy. “We can’t wait to hand out the trophies to our winners tonight. Looking down the winners list, the UK should be extremely proud of our soaps and our soap stars, as the breadth of talent among the winners is astonishing. We’re proud to be celebrating all that is great about our wonderful soaps.”

Here’s the full list of your winners!

Best Actor: Adam Woodward (Brody Hudson, Hollyoaks)
Best Actress: Stephanie Davis (Sinead Shelby, Hollyoaks)
Best Young Actor: Kara-Leah Fernandes (Bailey Baker, EastEnders)
Best Newcomer: Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)
Best Bad Girl: Louisa Clein (Maya Stepney, Emmerdale)
Best Bad Boy: Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)
Best Partnership: Dominic Brunt & Lucy Pargeter (Paddy Kirk & Chas Dingle, Emmerdale)
Funniest Male: Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)
Funniest Female: Lorraine Stanley (Karen Taylor, EastEnders)
Best Shock Twist: Flashbacks to the big night out! (Emmerdale)
Best Exit: Jane Cox (Lisa Dingle, Emmerdale)
Best Show-stopper: Carla’s mental health episode (Coronation Street)
Soap Superstar: Sally Dynevor (Sally Metcalfe, Coronation Street)
Best Drama Star: Rosie Marcel (Jac Naylor, Holby City)
Best Drama Storyline: Iain’s Depression (Casualty)
Best Daytime Star: Ryan Moloney (Jarrod ‘Toadie’ Rebecchi, Neighbours)
Best Daytime Soap: Neighbours
Best Soap: Hollyoaks

INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2019: THE SHORTLIST REVEALED 0 30

The shortlist for the Inside Soap Awards 2019 celebrates your favourite stars from HollyoaksEastEndersEmmerdaleCoronation Street and more.

The annual soap gala unveiled its ‘final four’ in categories ranging from Best Actor and Actress to Best Partnership and Best Shock Twist on Tuesday (October 1), ahead of the ceremony next Monday (October 7).

In the Best Actor category, EastEnders‘ Danny Dyer will battle it out with Jack P. Shepherd (Corrie), Jeff Hordley (Emmerdale) and Adam Woodward (Hollyoaks) for the prestigious gong.

Best Actress for 2019 will be pitting Lucy Pargeter (Emmerdale), Alison King (Corrie), Stephanie Davis (Hollyoaks) and Gillian Wright (EastEnders) in competition for the award.

The big four will be going be head-to-head as HollyoaksEmmerdaleCoronation Street and EastEnders all face off for the Best Soap prize at the end of the night.

Fans can still vote for their favourite soap until 12pm on Monday, October 7 by clicking here. Below is a full list of the categories

BEST ACTOR

  • Jack P Shepherd (David Platt, Coronation Street)
  • Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)
  • Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Adam Woodward (Brody Hudson, Hollyoaks)

BEST ACTRESS

  • Alison King (Carla Connor, Coronation Street)
  • Gillian Wright (Jean Slater, EastEnders)
  • Lucy Pargeter (Chas Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Stephanie Davis (Sinead Shelby, Hollyoaks)

BEST BAD BOY

  • Mikey North (Gary Windass, Coronation Street)
  • Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)
  • Ricky Champ (Stuart Highway, EastEnders)
  • Kyle Pryor (Laurie Shelby, Hollyoaks)

BEST BAD GIRL

  • Tanya Franks (Rainie Branning, EastEnders)
  • Louisa Clein (Maya Stepney, Emmerdale)
  • Claire King (Kim Tate, Emmerdale)
  • Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen, Hollyoaks)

FUNNIEST MALE

  • Joe Duttine (Tim Metcalfe, Coronation Street)
  • Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)
  • Dominic Brunt (Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale)
  • Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren Osborne, Hollyoaks)

FUNNIEST FEMALE

  • Patti Clare (Mary Cole, Coronation Street)
  • Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)
  • Lorraine Stanley (Karen Taylor, EastEnders)
  • Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)

BEST NEWCOMER (First appearance on or after 24 July 2018)

  • Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)
  • Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)
  • Jessica Plummer (Chantelle Atkins, EastEnders)
  • Niamh Blackshaw (Juliet Quinn, Hollyoaks)

BEST YOUNG ACTOR (Aged 18 or under on 1 July 2019)

  • Kara-Leah Fernandes (Bailey Baker, EastEnders)
  • Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor, Emmerdale)
  • Joe-Warren Plant (Jacob Gallagher, Emmerdale)
  • Aedan Duckworth (Ollie Morgan, Hollyoaks)

BEST PARTNERSHIP (Awarded to either a romantic pairing or on-screen double act)

  • Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer (Linda and Mick Carter, EastEnders)
  • Kara-Leah Fernandes and Roger Griffiths (Bailey and Mitch Baker, EastEnders)
  • Emma Atkins and Michelle Hardwick (Charity Dingle and Vanessa Woodfield, Emmerdale)
  • Lucy Pargeter and Dominic Brunt (Chas Dingle and Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale)

BEST SHOW-STOPPER (Awarded to a specific scene or episode that had the audience gripped)

  • Carla’s mental health episode (Coronation Street)
  • The factory collapse (Coronation Street)
  • Sean’s story (EastEnders)
  • Victoria’s rape (Emmerdale)

BEST SHOCK TWIST (Awarded to a plot reveal or revelation that had the audience gasping)

  • Gary is the factory killer! (Coronation Street)
  • Linda double-crosses Stuart! (EastEnders)
  • Flashbacks to the Big Night Out! (Emmerdale)
  • Breda is a serial killer! (Hollyoaks)

BEST EXIT

  • Bhavna Limbachia (Rana Connor, Coronation Street)
  • Bonnie Langford (Carmel Kazemi, EastEnders)
  • Jane Cox (Lisa Dingle, Emmerdale)
  • Lauren McQueen (Lily McQueen, Hollyoaks)

BEST DRAMA STAR

  • Amanda Mealing (Connie Beauchamp, Casualty)
  • Michael Stevenson (Iain Dean, Casualty)
  • David Ames (Dominic Copeland, Holby City)
  • Rosie Marcel (Jac Naylor, Holby City)

BEST DRAMA STORYLINE

  • Duffy’s dementia (Casualty)
  • Iain’s depression (Casualty)
  • Dom finds out that Ange is his birth mother (Holby City)
  • The Holby cyber-attack (Holby City)

BEST DAYTIME SOAP

  • Doctors
  • Home and Away
  • Neighbours

BEST DAYTIME STAR

  • Matthew Chambers (Daniel Granger, Doctors)
  • Ray Meagher (Alf Stewart, Home and Away)
  • Jodi Anasta (Elly Brennan, Neighbours)
  • Ryan Moloney (Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi, Neighbours)

BEST SOAP

  • Coronation Street
  • EastEnders
  • Emmerdale
  • Hollyoaks