Strictly's Anton du Beke "loved every second" as a judge on the show

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

From Good Housekeeping

Strictly pro Anton du Beke has spoken out about his time on the other side of the curtain as a judge on the show, revealing he loved the experience.

Anton stepped into Motsi Mabuse’s shoes on Saturday (14 November) when she was forced to self-isolate following a trip to her home in Germany.

Speaking on This Morning, Anton – who’d been knocked out this year’s competition when his partner, Jacqui Smith, was voted out – admitted he’d had an absolute hoot on the show.

“I loved every second of it,” he told Holly and Phil. “It was lovely to be able to sit there and enjoy the dancing and then comment on all the things I love about it, which was always going to be my steer about it.”

“Not having much time was the biggest problem. Short and succinct isn't really my game!'

He also revealed that former head judge and Strictly icon Len Goodman had shared some advice with him before his debut.

Photo credit: Scott Garfitt
Photo credit: Scott Garfitt

“‘[Len said] be yourself and say what you see’ and I did exactly that. I literally remarked on what I saw and what I enjoyed most about the performance.”

Anton said the worst part of the job was getting rid of one of the couples, which this week was Max George and his partner Dianne Buswell.

“I didn't judge the professionals,” he added. “I was only looking at the celebrities, and was literally judging them. The elimination was the worst bit. Didn't enjoy that at all.'”

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Anton will be back as a judge on next week’s show (21 November) as Motsi will still be self-isolating, and will “go back to sitting in the audience” afterwards. Viewers were delighted by Anton’s spot on the panel, with many Twitter users calling for him to be a permanent fixture.

Elsewhere on Strictly, Clara Amfo scored the highest total of the series, with 29 for her Charleston with Aljaz.

Strictly Come Dancing airs this Saturday and Sunday on BBC One.

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