Ex-Strictly Come Dancing professional Anton Du Beke replaced long time judge Bruno Tonioli who appeared on the show for an impressive 17 seasons and has recently complained about the recklessness of his fellow judges.
Anton said that they pass out the highest scores on the show ‘willy-nilly’ and also mentioned that whilst he was a contestant on the show, the judges were much harsher with their decisions.
He said: “The show is in its 18th year and I have been a dancer for 15 years. It took me 15 years to get a 10 with Emma Barton. They are giving them ‘10s’ out willy-nilly this year.”
The show has recently come under fire and received accusations that the judges favouritise particular contestants.
Strictly contestant and CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson responded to the ‘fix’ claims saying: “It’s the viewers who vote. Strictly is on the BBC so it is easy to get talent that is on the BBC. "
"You can speak to them easily. It’s harder to do that with ITV and Channel 4 but in no way does it affect the vote. The people who watch aren’t contracted to the BBC, they vote for who they want to win. If you look at the winners and there are more from the BBC, it is coincidental."
"Those people are just very likeable and maybe the BBC are good at hiring those people. Everyone loves a conspiracy and that’s what it is – a conspiracy.”
The Strictly judge has recently written and published a historical romance novel titled We’ll Meet Again set in 1939. Waterstones’ short synopsis of the book reads: “As war is declared once more, a shadow falls over Britain […] Newlywed Nancy knows that her brave husband, debonair dancer Raymond de Guise will want to fight for his country and enlist."
"She loves and supports him but is heartbroken at the thought of them being apart, and the dangers he will face.”
Whilst promoting his novel at the Tring Book Festival, he was asked if he will ever dance on Strictly again. He replied: “Well, that remains to be seen. I don’t know. That is up to them to decide, I would like to think I will stay where I am. "
"Ideally, what I would like to do is continue to judge and come out and do the odd number, that would be nice! I do miss dancing on the show a little bit, but I don’t miss getting voted off.”
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