POLL: Will Anton Du Beke be the best Strictly Come Dancing judge?
Strictly Come Dancing: Anton Du Beke on becoming a judge
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National treasure Anton Du Beke, dubbed ‘the King of Ballroom’, will be taking over from Bruno Tonioli who has been an iconic judge on the family favourite since the TV show first ever broadcast in 2004. Bruno unfortunately will not be able to take part in this year’s series because of quarantining travel restrictions, and his hilarious judging will be missed by many.
He usually flies between London and the USA to judge on Dancing with the Stars; an American version of Strictly Come Dancing which was first broadcast in 2005 and became the world’s most popular television program in 2006 and 2007.
Towards the end of last year’s series, Bruno was forced to judge the dancers via video link after travel from the USA was seen as too risky for the 65-year-old.
BBC One have taken the decision this year to pass the judging baton on to Anton Du Beke, but do you think he will be better than Bruno?
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Anton once said: “The thing about me is that I love variety. I like to try new things, and I don’t want to be pinned back.”
The 55-year-old professional dancer from Sevenoaks, Kent, has written two dance class books a decade ago, and has since released four romantic novels.
Erin Boag has been his professional dance partner on and off Strictly for the past 20 years, and the couple often host dancing retreats for a tidy sum of £245 per person per night.
He also tried his hand at the music industry, with his debut album From the Top in 2017, as well as presenting the BBC game show Hole in the Wall.
Anton is totally at home in the Strictly studio, but will the British public see him in his element in the judging chair? And will he be able to come down hard on his friends and fellow pro-dancers with criticism?
Tell us what you think by voting in our poll and commenting below.
Another judge that is loved throughout the land is Craig Revel Horwood, who like Bruno, has been a judge on the show since its inception in 2004.
The public lap up his hilarious insults and he is in contention to take the title of most-loved strictly judge of all time.
He said to William Thorne in 2007: “Hunching over Erin like a Walrus, isn’t a Tango sadly.”
Another insult was hurled at Rachel Riley in 2013: “I thought you were wriggling around like a slug in salt, actually.”
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