Anton Du Beke cheekily requests ‘someone who can dance’ after Strictly early exit woes

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Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke has spoken out about his future on the BBC ballroom dancing show. The 54-year-old professional dancer, who replaced Motsi Mabuse as a judge on the programme for two weeks, said that he needs “someone who can dance” if he’s ever to win the competition, throwing shade at his former partners.

When asked which famous faces he would like to be partnered with in the future, Anton told this week’s OK! Magazine: “I think I need someone who can dance a bit!”

“I was on Loose Women recently and Kéllé Bryan was on it and I thought, ‘Ooh, she’d be delightful!’” he went on to tell the publication.

Anton has previously been partnered with fellow Loose Women star Ruth Langsford, as well as Ann Widdecombe, Nancy Dell’Olio, Judy Murray and Susannah Constantine.

The ballroom dancer has only been in the final a small number of times, despite being on the programme since the very first series, which aired back in 2004.

He finished second place in last year’s competition with EastEnders star Emma Barton and third with his first partner Lesley Garrett.

Anton also finished in fourth place with actress Laila Rouass and newsreader Katie Derham in the past.

However, this year he and partner Jacqui Smith were the first couple to be eliminated from the competition.

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The father-of-two admitted that he didn’t know if he’d ever win Strictly and said, even if he was to be partnered with a good dancer there are no guarantees.

Asked if he was in with a shot of lifting the Glitterball, he said: “I really don’t know!

“It’s so difficult because being good doesn’t guarantee you success. Look at Maisie Smith – she’s been in the dance off and she does well on the leaderboard.”

Maisie avoided the dreaded dance off last weekend, but found herself in the bottom two for two consecutive weeks despite receiving high scores from the judges.

Read the full interview with Anton Du Beke in this week’s OK! – out now.

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