Anton Du Beke talks being a judge on Strictly and It Takes Two
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The professional ballroom and Latin dancer, 55, is known for his work on the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. The much-loved show returns to TV screens on Saturday with a whole new crop of famous faces set to be put through their paces. Strictly veteran Anton has partnered up with celebrities for the show since its inception 17 years ago. However, for the second season in a row, the dancer will be on the judging panel alongside Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.
Anton replaces Bruno Tonioli, who like last year, is unable to be in the Strictly studio due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
This year’s line-up features ‘BBC Breakfast’ and sports presenter Dan Walker, McFly singer Tom Fletcher and other well-known stars.
Tonight, ahead of his Strictly return, Anton will also appear on ‘Question of Sport’, alongside new host Paddy McGuinness.
In a busy weekend of TV, the Strictly judge will also test his knowledge as he competes on Pointless Celebrities on Saturday.
Anton is a household name on the BBC, but has also appeared on other broadcasters, including Channel 4.
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In June he went on ‘Steph’s Packed Lunch’ and aired his views about Meghan and Harry’s decision to name their baby daughter Lilibet.
Lilibet has been back in the news recently as speculation intensifies as to whether the three-month-old will be christened in the UK.
Back when her name was announced, Anton dubbed the choice – inspired by the Queen’s nickname within the Royal Family – “nauseating” and “irritating”.
Host Steph McGovern introduced the news of the birth of Lilibet Diana, the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild.
The royal baby, born on June 4 this year, is Harry and Meghan’s second child after their son, Archie Harrison.
Steph said: “Congratulations are in order for Harry and Meghan after the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
“They named her in tribute to the Queen because of course Lilibet is the affectionate name that is often used by the family for the Queen and of course Harry’s mum Princess Diana.”
She then asked those in the studio: “What do we think of the name?”
A seemingly uninterested Anton replied: “The right thing to say is that it’s lovely, fabulous, delighted, well done.
“I find it nauseating and irritating what they’ve done.
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“I don’t know them but I just want to say to them, ‘Grow up!’ That’s all I want to say to them because I find it irritating.”
He added: “I don’t find it very nice personally, I don’t find it very nice bearing in mind what’s gone on.”
Anton was likely referring to Harry and Meghan’s departure from the Royal Family last year and controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey.
However, he added that “if the Queen is happy about it”, then it’s “all fabulous”.
He said: “Then I’m just a misery guts and don’t listen to me.
“So I’m delighted for them. I’m delighted that they have had the baby. That’s gorgeous and everything is fabulous in that department, bubt the whole thing… I just go ‘Oh grow up’.”
Anton will be on Question of Sport at 7:30pm this evening.
He returns to the channel tomorrow for Pointless Celebrities at 6:15pm tomorrow and Strictly Come Dancing from 7:45pm.
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