Louie Spence accuses BBC of 'box-ticking' for picking Motsi Mabuse to replace Strictly's Darcey Bussell

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 08: Motsi Mabuse during the Belvedere X Janelle Monae event at Hotel Zoo on July 8, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Belvedere)

Dancer Louie Spence has accused the BBC of "box-ticking" after it chose Motsi Mabuse to be a new judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

Spence claimed Mabuse is a "nobody" who was picked so Strictly would have "somebody of colour".

He suggested professional dancer Anton Du Beke would have replaced former judge Darcey Bussell had he "come out as gay".

Speaking of Mabuse, who has previously judged on the German version of the show, Spence said: "I don't know her. She is a nobody. She isn't a celebrity. I don't understand why they wouldn't put Anton there - everyone loves him as a pro dancer on the show - unless it was because they wanted another woman on the panel.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11:  Louie Spence is evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother House at Elstree Studios on September 11, 2013 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

"Also, they've got somebody of colour, which is being diverse. They like to tick every box. I'm not saying she's not credible, but maybe that's why they chose her."

He added: "There's all the boxes that have to be ticked now, the box for the gay, the box for the lesbian, the box for the black, the box for Asian.

"Sometimes they don't tick the box for the show, but they tick the box for the diversity or the inclusive and all that crap. But sometimes maybe people aren't right for it. Just choose the right people."

Spence did predict, however, that Mabuse would go down well with audiences: "After one episode, everyone will most probably love her.

"But that's how fickle it is. You only have to be on TV for five minutes and fart and you can become famous. But if she's qualified for the job, that's all that counts.

"I'm not saying her credentials aren't valid. I'm saying maybe that's the reason why Anton wasn't chosen."

Speaking of Du Beke, Spence continued: "He would've been the perfect judge. He's got great personality, great wit. You've got Craig Revel Horwood who's a villain, Bruno Tonioli the camp queen, a bit like me, and Shirley Ballas being serious.

"Then you'd have had Anton, who really knows what he is talking about. He just didn't tick enough boxes. If he'd have come out as gay, he might have got there.

"It's not just about his talent and his personality. It's having to be diverse and having to have two women on the panel and not three men, so then it's men-heavy."

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COLOGNE, GERMANY - OCTOBER 09: Jury members Jorge Gonzalez, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi reacts during the fith show of the television competition 'Stepping Out' on October 9, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 22: Motsi Mabuse, wearing the 'Berlin Crossbody' bag, at the MCM Space Odyssey Event at Frankfurt Opera Store on October 22, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images for MCM)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 05: Motsi Mabuse attends the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala 2015 at Tempelhof Airport on December 5, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 05: Motsi Mabuse attends the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala 2015 reception at Tempelhof Airport on December 5, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 18: (R-L) Motsi Mabuse, Gigi Hadid and Lena Gercke attend the 'The Power Of Colors - MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Make-Up Runway' show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2016 at Brandenburg Gate on January 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for MAYBELLINE NEW YORK)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 19: Motsi Mabuse and her sister Otlile Mabuse attend the Marc Cain show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2016 at Brandenburg Gate on January 19, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for IMG)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 06: Motsi Mabuse, wearing a dress by Lana Mueller Couture, during the Goldene Kamera 2016 reception on February 6, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - MARCH 04: Motsi Mabuse attends the Gloria - Deutscher Kosmetikpreis 2016 at Hilton Hotel on March 4, 2016 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Mathis Wienand/Getty Images)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - MARCH 11: (L-R)Jury members Jorge Gonzalez, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi are seen on stage during the 1st show of the television competition 'Let's Dance' on March 11, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - APRIL 01: Jury members Jorge Gonzalez, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi show their ratings during the 3rd show of the television competition 'Let's Dance' on April 1, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY - APRIL 02: Joachim Llambi, Motsi Mabuse and Dr. Barbara Sturm during the Gala Spa Awards 2016 at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa on April 2, 2016 in Baden-Baden, Germany. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images for GALA)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - APRIL 29: (L-R) Jurors Jorge Gonzalez, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi show the 10-points-sign during the 7th show of the television competition 'Let's Dance' at Coloneum on April 29, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 03: Jorge Gonzalez and Motsi Mabuse perform on stage during the final show of the television competition 'Let's Dance' on June 3, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 29: Motsi Mabuse attends the InTouch Awards 'Icons & Idols' at Nachtresidenz on September 29, 2016 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Florian Ebener/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 02: Dancer Motsi Mabuse attends the Mon Cheri Barbara Tag at Postpalast on December 2, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Mon Cheri)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 16: Motsi Mabuse attends the Deichmann Shoe Step of the year award at Curio Haus on May 16, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Christian Augustin/WireImage)
(GERMANY OUT) Motsi MABUSE and Otlile MABUSE , Dancers , 30.06.2017 (Photo by Unkel/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Motsi Mabuse and Evgenij Voznyuk perform ahead the runway at the Riani Fashion Show Spring/Summer 2018 at Umspannwerk Kreuzberg on July 4, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Riani)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - MARCH 16: (L-R) Jury members Jorge Gonzalez, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi are seen on stage during the 1st show of the 11th season of the television competition 'Let's Dance' on March 16, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - APRIL 20: Members of the jury Jorge Gonzalez, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi are seen on stage during the 5th show of the 11th season of the television competition 'Let's Dance' on April 20, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - APRIL 27: Motsi Mabuse during the 6th show of the 11th season of the television competition 'Let's Dance' on April 27, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Florian Ebener/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 08: Motsi Mabuse during the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala at Studio Berlin Adlershof on December 8, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - MAY 17: Motsi Mabuse and Massimo Sinato during the 8th show of the 12th season of the television competition "Let's Dance" on May 17, 2019 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Joshua Sammer/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 08: Motsi Mabuse during the Belvedere X Janelle Monae event at Hotel Zoo on July 8, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Belvedere)
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The comments were disregarded by show producers.

A BBC spokesman said: "Motsi got the job because she was the best candidate. Any suggestion to the contrary is completely wrong and insulting."

Kate Phillips, controller of Entertainment, added: "We didn't take finding Darcey's replacement lightly. Motsi's credentials made her our first choice."

Strictly is expected to return to screens in early autumn.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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