Rita Ora to be ‘replaced by Oti Mabuse’ on The Masked Singer’s spin-off show

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Rita Ora will be "replaced by Oti Mabuse" on The Masked Singer's spin-off show The Masked Dancer, according to reports.

It was announced at the weekend that The Masked Dancer would be making it's way to the UK later this year after receiving rave reviews in the United States.

Similarly to it's sister show The Masked Singer, the show will see celebrities perform dance routines whilst being disguised by lavish outfits.

It is believed that host Joel Dommett, 35, and celebrity detective panel Mo Gillian, 32, Davina McCall, 53, and Jonathan Ross, 60, will return to the show without 30 year old Rita.

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Reports suggest that Rita will still be in Australia acting as a coach on their series of The Voice when filming takes place this summer, meaning she will be unable to participate.

A source close to Rita told OK! online: "It's common knowledge that she's in Australia and will be filming The Voice for the next few months."

Sources say that ITV will instead sign up Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti, 30, who went down a storm as a judge on the BBC's The Greatest Dancer alongside Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and Todrick Hall.

An insider said of Oti: "With her dance experience and popularity with audiences, she'd be perfect for The Masked Dancer.

"Everyone's very hopeful that she'll sign," the source continued to tell the Mirror.

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Rita was seen being met by an army escort as she touched down in Australia after breaching UK coronavirus guidelines earlier this month.

She had been given permission to leave the UK and travel to Sydney for work commitments as she prepares to start her new job as a coach on The Voice.

After being branded "selfish" by British police when she broke lockdown rules in November by holding a birthday party in London restaurant Casa Cruz, Rita was escorted to her quarantine hotel by the army as she arrived Down Under.

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Photos obtained by MailOnline saw the pop star, who is currently starring on The Masked Singer UK, being followed out of Sydney International Airport by a member of the Australian army.

The Australian army and police are currently greeting all visitors into the country, and helping with luggage when necessary.

OK! online has contacted representatives for Rita and Oti for comment on this story. A spokesperson for ITV declined to comment.

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