Strictly’s Motsi Mabuse makes emotional return from her home as she’s forced to isolate

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Motsi Mabuse sent a strong message to the leaderboard-topping Clara Amfo during tonight's Strictly.

To wrap up the episode, co-host Claudia Winkleman introduced Motsi's surprise appearance – on a video call from her house.

"Motsi, we love you!" Claudia gushed.

The ever-positive Motsi told her that she'd been screaming so much during the show that she thought the neighbours would call the cops on her.

"You all bought your A game and it was so fantastic to watch!" she enthused.

And asked about a tearful Clara Amfo's near perfect score of 29, Motsi admitted: "You know, I'm so emotional right now Clara, I don't want to cry but I'm so happy this happened for you.

Motsi was on hand with supportive words for Clara
(Image: BBC)

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"I've been saying you've got that power, girl, and you just needed to aim it right, everything came together today, you look absolutely amazing, you look beautiful, everything was on top, and you just have to keep it up now!"

Motsi was absent after she was forced to make an "urgent" trip to Germany – meaning she needs to isolate now that she's returned.

Luckily, veteran Strictly pro Anton du Beke was on hand to fill in for her on the judges' bench.

And after a charming performance, some fans have been calling for Anton to be made the fourth judge for the whole rest of the series.

Motsi had only encouragement for Clara
(Image: BBC)

Clara and Aljaz performance earned a near-perfect 29
(Image: BBC)

You can check out all tonight's scores here.

Tonight's show also marked the absence of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones after latter's positive Covid test.

Both are isolating, despite Nicola's test coming back negative.

Nicola updated fans yesterday, telling them: "I just wanted to say thank-you for the lovely messages and the support, it's been unbelievable and I did not expect such a nice response.

"It's completely blown me away. I've never received so much love from people that I don't even know and it really hit home to me, what this journey meant.

Anton was on hand to fill in for Motsi
(Image: BBC)

"Not just to me but to everybody else as well."

Nicola added: "And I just want you to know that regardless of the situation I will continue to break boundaries and make changes and continue fighting for what's right and, just thank-you for having my back and being there when I needed you."

*Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One tomorrow night at 7:25pm for the results show.