Oti Mabuse is the favourite to replace Darcey Bussell on Strictly Come Dancing

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19:  Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour on January 19, 2017 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Mark Milan/WireImage)

TV presenter and dancer Oti Mabuse is the current favourite to replace Dame Darcey Bussell as judge of Strictly Come Dancing, after serving seven series on the BBC One show.

According to bookmakers Paddy Power, Mabuse - who is currently one of the pros on the show - is the 5/4 favourite, thanks to her judging experience on The Greatest Dancer.

Former Strictly contestant Katie Piper said on the Heart Breakfast radio show: "I think Oti would be brilliant because she's brilliant on The Greatest Dancer. I like watching her."

Bussell has given up the role after seven series of judging the primetime dance competition.

In a statement released by the BBC today, Bussell said that she is leaving the show to focus on her "many other commitments in dance" and that it has nothing to do with any sort of disagreement.

"It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly, working with such a talented team," she said. "I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.

Former contestant and This Morning host, Ruth Langsford, has has had her say on all the rumours, suggesting that they will go with a female judge.

"I think they're going to have to go for a woman," Ruth said on the breakfast show. "I think they will go for a woman, because the balance... it was male heavy."

Langsford competed on the dance show in 2017.

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Janette Manrara, Amy Dowden, Nadiya Bychkova, Dianne Buswell, Oti Mabuse, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones and Luba Mushtuk arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Oti Mabuse and Graeme Swann arrives at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards 2018, at the Grosvenor Hotel, London. Picture date: Monday 29th October 2018. Photo credit should read: David Jensen/ EMPICS Entertainment
Oti Mabuse attending the TRIC Awards 2019 50th Birthday Celebration held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse arrives at Blackpool Tower Ballroom for Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals.
Oti Mabuse attending the Crazy Rich Asians Premiere held at Ham Yard Hotel, London.
Oti Mabuse arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Gemma Atkinson, Alexandra Burke, Susan Calman, Davood Ghadami, Joe McFadden, Debbie McGee, Jonnie Peacock, Aljaz Skorjanec, Gorka Marquez, Kevin Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Katya Jones, Giovanni Pernice and Oti Mabuse performing on stage during photocall before the opening night of Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2018 at Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, UK. Picture date: Thursday 18 January, 2018. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Oti Mabuse attending the 2018 TRIC Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse posing during photocall before the opening night of Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2018 at Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, UK. Picture date: Thursday 18 January, 2018. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Oti Mabuse attending the Beauty Awards 2017 with OK! held at the Pavilion in the Tower of London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Oti Mabuse and Anton du Beke leave Buckingham Palace in London after meeting the Duchess of Cornwall while filming part of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.
Oti Mabuse arriving at the Paddington 2 World Premiere, BFI Southbank, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/Empics Entertainment
Oti Mabuse at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 at Broadcasting House in London.
Oti Mabuse attends the opening night of Cirque Du Soleil's Amaluna at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Photo date: Thursday 12th January 2017
Oti Mabuse, dancing partner of Strictly Come Dancing finalist Danny Mac, arrives at Broadcasting House, London, ahead of this weekend's final of the BBC's popular Saturday night TV show.
Strictly Come Dancing contestants Danny Mac and his partner Oti Mabuse and Ore Oduba and partner Joanne Clifton arrive at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, ahead of this weekend's show.
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The other frontrunners for the position are:

Karen Hardy

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Karen Hardy attends the press night for 'Wicked' at Apollo Victoria Theatre on December 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

The former Strictly professional won the show with Mark Ramprakash in 2006 and was a fixture on the spin-off programmeIt Takes Two for its choreography corner for 10 series.

Her ballroom honours include winning the International Latin American Dance Championship, the UK Open, British National, European and World Masters Championships and she now owns the Karen Hardy dance studios.

According to bookmakers Coral, she is 2:1 favourite to take over from Dame Darcey.

Helen Richey

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01:   Helen Richey arrives at the 47th Annual TV Week Logie Awards at the Crown Entertainment Complex on May 1, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)

The former ballroom and Latin dancer was a judge on the Australian version of US show Dancing With The Stars for 15 series.

Born in Melbourne, she trained and competed in the UK, where she lived for 27 years.

Many of the professional dancers on Dancing With The Stars have been trained wholly or in part by Richey.

Coral puts Richey's chances of joining Strictly at 3/1.

Gary Edwards

Essex-born Edwards attended the same ballroom dance classes as former Strictly judge Len Goodman when he was young.

He now boasts around 30 international titles, including British Open Ballroom and British Open Latin.

The dancer, whose odds are at 5/1, is known for appearing on spin-off show Dancing With The Stars: All Access.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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