Oti Mabuse reveals she spent an hour crying in the toilets on The Greatest Dancer

Greatest Dancer judge Oti Mabuse spent an hour crying in the toilet after having a meltdown on the BBC show.

The Strictly star and dance captain recently felt ­overwhelmed with the pressure to choose her three final acts ahead of the live shows kicking off tomorrow.

She also felt guilty saying no to ­contestants and sending them home.

It was fellow captain Cheryl Tweedy who coaxed her out of the loo.

Oti tells me: “The eliminations were so hard for me. It took me about an hour to come out as I was crying in the bathroom and I didn’t want to do it.

Oti Mabuse reveals she spent an hour crying in the toilets on The Greatest Dancer

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Choosing the acts was great but it was the saying no which was horrible. It was Cheryl who sat me down and had a talk with me and calmed me down.”

Poor lass.

But there’s no chance of Oti hiding in the toilets tomorrow as she can’t wait for the live shows.

“They are different because I don’t have to say ‘no’ to anyone. I just want to enjoy the show and the acts. I love the entire top nine.”

The 28-year-old is hoping one of her three acts, Latin formation group KLA, contemporary solo dancer Ellie, 14, and drag act The Globe Girls, will clinch the title of The Greatest Dancer on the show ahead of those Cheryl or Glee star Matthew Morrison chose.

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She says: “I’m ambitious. I think one of my acts should win The Greatest Dancer. They work really hard and I believe in them that they have something very special.

“I absolutely feel protective over all of them. I feel responsible.When you are on Strictly, you get a celebrity and you have to calm them down, but that’s one person.

"Now you have the responsibility of three acts and some are children.”

She also admits she loves that people think she and Cheryl are rivals as it helps the show ratings.

Oti Mabuse reveals she spent an hour crying in the toilets on The Greatest Dancer

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“I don’t really care because we don’t have any tension. It doesn’t really annoy me.

"If it makes people watch the show then OK. We don’t feel animosity towards each other.

"We know the truth.”

The Greatest Dancer is on BBC1 at 7.30pm tomorrow.

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