Anton Du Beke shares his ‘greatest fear’ about his career
Strictly Come Dancing’s newest judge Anton Du Beke gave an honest admission about the effects of ageing as he revealed he would be “mortified” if his “greatest fear” was to become a reality.
Speaking to Chris Evans on his Virgin Radio Breakfast Show, the professional dancer divulged: “My greatest fear is that I’ll dance with somebody – I’m 57-years-old – so I dance with a lot of people who are much younger.
“For example, the ladies on my tour at the moment are all in their 30s. I don’t want any of them to look at me and go, ‘I feel a bit uncomfortable with you lifting me’, I never want that.
“This may be an ego thing but it’s also a pride thing, I want somebody who is dancing with me to go, ‘That’s the best experience I’ve ever had’.
“Because of that I continue to work on my technique, I continue to work on my fitness, and I continue to work on my partnering ability to make sure that the partner I dance with is having a lovely time. Otherwise, I’d be mortified.”
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Anton began his career as a professional dancer in the late 1990s before joining Strictly Come Dancing in 2004.
The father-of-two appeared in every series of the BBC show as a professional and then replaced Bruno Tonioli as a judge in 2021.
In his interview with Chris, Anton said this year’s celebrities are making “more mistakes” than ever before.
He said: “People are having good weeks and bad weeks and people are making mistakes this year – more often than they were in the past as I sort of remember.”
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The radio host then quipped: “Is that because they’re spending too much time on Instagram, do you think?”
To which Anton laughed and replied: “I think that and they’re all reading my new book!”
The Strictly judge was promoting his latest novel, A Paris Affair, which hit bookstores last week.
Following Adam Thomas’s exit on Sunday, the remaining stars competing for the Glitterball are: Ellie Leach, Bobby Brazier, Nigel Harman, Layton Williams, Angela Rippon, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Angela Scanlon and Annabel Croft.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6.05pm on BBC One.
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