Anton Du Beke addresses BBC bosses’ uncertainty over his future on Strictly ‘No guarantee’

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Although Anton Du Beke, 55, has received plenty of praise from viewers as the fresh addition to the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel this year, he is still unsure about whether he will reprise his role in 2022. The King of Ballroom saved the day as he stepped into Bruno Tonioli’s shoes as a judge for the 2021 series, as the Italian choreographer was unable to travel back and forth to film both Strictly in the UK and Dancing With The Stars in America due to Covid restrictions.

However, Anton has now revealed he doesn’t know whether or not Bruno is going to return to the BBC show next year, and if he will keep his seat on the panel.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with, Anton admitted he is still uncertain over what BBC bosses’ “thoughts are” about the situation.

He explained: “I don’t know! 

“I haven’t got anything to say because I don’t know what anybody’s thoughts are.”

Anton went on to say that despite the uncertainty surrounding his role, he doesn’t feel like the odd one out, as the show’s professional dancers are also usually left in limbo over whether they will return, or be given a celebrity partner, each series.

He continued: “But then there’s no guarantee on anyone is there? 

“It is a yearly thing with everybody, whether it’s the pros, whether it was the judges, every year, they, you know, they either decide to keep or refresh, I say refresh, change, whatever you want to call it. 

“So that’s the way the show’s always been. 


“So that wouldn’t be any different regardless of anything.”

Anton also admitted he does miss being part of the team of professional dancers on Strictly.

The dancer has starred on the BBC show since its first series, partnering many big names throughout the competition.

When quizzed on the subject, Anton said: “Well yeah, I have been doing it for so long, ever since it began. 

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“It’s different, I miss doing lovely numbers.”

Fortunately, Anton is relieved that his role as a judge means he can avoid taking on Strictly’s dreaded dance-off completely.

He divulged: “I don’t miss getting voted off at all. 

“If they said to me, ‘you’ll never get voted off again’ I’d be delighted, but that’s not the way it goes.

“So from that perspective, I am enjoying it. 

“What I’m loving about judging as well is being able to watch people’s development as they go on through the competition. 

“So I’m enjoying that,” he revealed.

Anton is also revelling in the extra time he has as a judge, without hours being spent in the training room with celebrities struggling to master their routines each week for the show.

The star’s clearer calendar has prompted him to embark an upcoming pantomime debut as Buttons in Cinderella this festive season.

He revealed: “Now I’m judging, it’s afforded me the time, so I’m loving the thought of doing the pantomime.

“I can’t wait, and it’s something my children can come to and enjoy, they’ll probably come to every performance and we’ll use it as childcare!” Anton quipped.

Anton Du Beke stars in Cinderella at Richmond Theatre. Tickets from £13

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