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Who is Cynthia Erivo? Meet Strictly Come Dancing stand-in judge

Everything you need to know about the temporary Strictly judge.

Temporary Strictly judge Cynthia Erivo
Published: Friday, 26th November 2021 at 1:30 pm

We can't wait to have Cynthia back again!


That's right, Cynthia Erivo is returning to Strictly Come Dancing 2021 this weekend after Motsi Mabuse had to step down due to being contacted by NHS Test and Trace after being a close contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

A from the BBC read: "We can confirm Motsi Mabuse will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

"We are delighted that Cynthia Erivo will be joining us as a guest judge again, joining Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and Head Judge, Shirley Ballas on the judging panel.

"We look forward to having Motsi back with us next weekend."

Cynthia previously stood in for Craig Revel Horwood during Musicals Week after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Sharing a post on its official Twitter page at the time, the show revealed: "Stage and screen star Cynthia Erivo is joining our Judges for Musicals Week! Stepping into Craig's shoes, who we wish a speedy recovery. "

Cynthia won praise for her use of sign language when addressing Rose Ayling-Ellis during Musicals Week.

Here's everything you need to know about Cynthia as she joins the Strictly Come Dancing judges once again on Saturday, 27th November 2021 and Sunday, 28th November 2021.

Who is Cynthia Erivo?

Cynthia Erivo performs sign language on Strictly Come Dancing

Cynthia Erivo performs sign language on Strictly Come Dancing

Age: 34

Job: Actress and singer

Instagram: @cynthiaerivo

Cynthia is a multi-award winning singer and actor, who has starred in numerous theatre productions across the globe, including Broadway’s revival of The Color Purple, the Sister Act UK tour and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

She played the lead role of Aretha Franklin in the third series of Genius, the title role in acclaimed biopic Harriet, and is currently filming for the new Luther movie.

Erivo will star as Elphaba in the highly-anticipated upcoming film adaptation of musical Wicked.

She has won a Daytime Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Tony Award, and been nominated for two Oscars.

Cynthia previously stepped into Craig Revel Horwood's shoes as he self-isolated after testing positive for COVID-19, but will do so once again to stand-in for Motsi Mabuse.

She'll join Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke, and Head Judge Shirley Ballas for Week 10 and the results show taking place on Sunday.

When joining the show for Musicals Week, Cynthia commented: “I’m so delighted to be joining the Strictly judging panel for Musicals Week.

"Musicals have a unique place in my heart, it’s such a special way of connecting all art and making it one. I’m excited to bring my experience to the show and I can’t wait to see what the couples have in store this weekend.”

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