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Anton Du Beke ‘hugely disappointed’ with restrictions of being a Strictly judge

Strictly Come Dancing: Anton Du Beke on becoming a judge

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Anton Du Beke will step in and replace Bruno Tonioli on Strictly Come Dancing this year as the long-serving judge is unable to feature on the show due to work commitments in the United States. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Anton has revealed there’s one element to his new role he’s not looking forward to. 

Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard were joined by Anton and former Strictly professional Erin Boag on Tuesday’s GMB.

The pair were discussing their new theatre show Showtime! and Anton’s appointment as Bruno’s replacement. 

Ben asked: “Will there be some group dances that you might do? Will you do something with the judges?”

Anton revealed: “Traditionally the judges don’t get involved in the group dancings unless it’s a Halloween thing or something like that.”

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“No but you’re not a traditional judge,” the GMB presenter remarked.

“I would be hugely disappointed if I wasn’t able to do something,” Anton replied. 

“Maybe if someone comes in and does a song I could grab one of the girls and we could do a bit of a dance – I’d love that. 

“This is the thing I’m going to miss the most and I know all the pros are getting in the studio now putting the group dances together and I’m already feeling a little bereft of that.”

“Is it going to be one of those things like when you get promoted at work?” Kate asked. 

“Where you have to sit on a different table now and you don’t get to hear the gossip.”

“You can’t mix with the [professionals] now,” Erin teased.

Anton quipped: “I’m going to be terrible, I have the option of mixing with all of them or mixing with the judges – it’s not much of a choice.”

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For the 2020 series, the Ballroom and Latin dancer had the chance to experience judging on the show. 

Anton stepped into Motsi Mabuse’s shoes for two weeks while she self-isolated.

Referring to his previous judging stint, Kate asked: “Last year you had some time keeping the chair warm a little bit, are you going to turn ugly this time around?”

“Probably not,” Anton replied. “Because I think there’s enough of that at the other end of the table.”

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“I’ll shall be empathic, well I just know what it’s like. You know what it’s like?” Anton said to Kate. 

“It’s very different if you haven’t done it, you can speak about it through absolute experience of standing there and your legs going numb.”

Kate appeared on the fifth series of the BBC competition with Anton and was voted out in week seven.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year. Good Morning Britain airs on ITV on weekdays at 6am.

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