Strictly's Anton Du Beke hints at return to the show

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Anton Du Beke appears to have confirmed a return to Strictly Come Dancing.

The professional dancer, who has been a staple of the series since its inception, became a full-time judge on the panel for the first time last year after Bruno Tonioli sat out the last series – which itself followed a guest stint the previous series.

While nothing has been officially confirmed in terms of the judging line-up for 2022, Anton seemed to drop a clue that he would be back with his paddles.

Appearing on ITV News, presenter Charlene White joked about a recent interview professional Giovanni Pernice gave, where he compared Anton to a "grandfather".

"He's so rude!" Anton replied. "That is the last time I give him good marks, I can tell you. It's a four from me in the future."

He then added: "All being well."

Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

Fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood recently backed Anton to come back as a judge this year, telling The Sun: "There are only so many years you can be front-row dancing, then the second row, then the third and fourth. Then the only place left, darling, is a dancer's sheer death – in the wings."

He added: "I was pleased they got him off the dancefloor and then put him where he belongs. I hope he comes back next year. I loved it, absolutely."

Head judge Shirley Ballas has also suggested that the panel could be expanded to accommodate five judges, meaning both Anton and Bruno could appear.

Meanwhile, the upcoming series of Strictly is set to get a bit of a change in the professional line-up, with Oti Mabuse and Aljaž Škorjanec both departing.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One.

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