Anton Du Beke as soon as once more joined forces with Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood on Strictly Come Dancing 2020. Having been part of the present for the reason that starting, this month marks the primary time he has been a judge.
The 54-year-old has now gone into element about the way it all occurred, saying his wife Hannah Summers was in tears.
Long tipped to change into one of many panel, the father-of-two stated he was “so, so happy” when the supply lastly arrived from BBC bosses.
Speaking candidly in a brand new interview, Anton stated his ego was very low earlier than the excellent news.
The dancer grew to become the primary to get booted out of this 12 months’s competitors, after being partnered up with Jacqui Smith, 58.
After listening to Motsi Mabuse needed to return to Germany on the last-minute, the professional stated the transfer nonetheless “came out of the blue”.
“I didn’t know what they were going to do,” he acknowledged.
But the cellphone name got here the Thursday earlier than he was due on air on the Saturday night time.
“I love the show,” he commented. “I like all the things about it, so to lastly get an opportunity to judge it was unimaginable.
He has admittedly had a string of what some would possibly say are unfortunate partnerships, with his greatest consequence coming final 12 months with Emma Barton, 43.
Anton has additionally danced with the likes of Susannah Constantine, Ruth Langsford, Lesley Joseph and Ann Widdecombe.
Saying he nonetheless needed to really feel a part of the present after his elimination, he advised the Mail On Sunday: “So thank goodness they gave me the judging job.
“My children say, ‘Daddy either dances or talks on the television’, so they saw me talk last weekend and this one.”