Oti Mabuse to bounce back with exciting new ITV shows despite her Romeo & Duet being a ratings flop | The Sun
ITV bosses are already looking at new projects for Oti Mabuse – after confirming her dating show Romeo & Duet won’t be returning for a second series.
The Saturday nighter wasn’t a hit, which was particularly galling for its host as it was her first solo presenting gig since quitting Strictly earlier this year.
But as well as being a judge on Dancing On Ice and the upcoming second series of The Masked Dancer, Oti is someone channel chiefs do not want to lose.
A TV insider said: “The feeling was that it wasn’t a case of Oti not being right for the show, more that the show wasn’t right for Oti.
“So many of our biggest hosts have had to suffer a few bumps in the road at the start of their career, and that’s how this is viewed by execs.
“They’re confident that this isn’t a reflection on Oti in any way and she’s still a figure who is much loved by the public.
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“And although Oti will obviously be disappointed, she is a tough cookie and a pro who knows how tough the business can be.
"She’ll bounce back.”
Romeo & Duet had disappointing viewing figures when it aired this spring and critics were quick to pile in on its unusual format.
It featured singletons trying to woo potential partners by serenading them, with Oti overseeing the fun as a modern day Cilla Black.
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Now bosses are looking at other gigs where she’ll be the solo host.
A spokesman for ITV said: “We have no plans for future series of Romeo & Duet at present.
“But we look forward to working with Oti again on The Masked Dancer later this year and are actively discussing other projects going forward.”
A shrewd move.
If we only gave presenters one shot at hitting the big time we’d have missed out on some of our best-loved stars.
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Stars including Lauren Simon, Seema Malthora, Nicole Sealey and Sheena Lynch will be chatting about their coping strategies and confronting the many taboos women face in dealing with “the change”.
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“I’ve got a new-found respect for Louis Theroux because it’s hard – interviewing is so hard.
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