Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke said he doesn’t plan on being “tough” on the contestants like “one or two” of his fellow judges on the show later this year. The 55-year-old professional dancer will swap the dance floor for the judging panel in the upcoming series as Bruno Tonioli stays in America.
He will give his verdict on this year’s dancing duos alongside head judge Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.
On what sort of judge he plans to be, he said he will tell the celebrities what they need to improve on, but will be “empathetic” as he understands what they’re going through.
Anton acknowledged that it “doesn’t take much” for a dance to go wrong, so will bear that factor in mind when he critiques.
He spilled: “Being able to judge is exciting because, I’ve been on the other side since the beginning and I know exactly what they’re trying to do and what they’re trying to achieve.
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“And, I know that it’s a live show, you get one go and it doesn’t always go right.”
Anton added of his fellow judges: “I know that one or two of the judges will be a bit harsh and I shall be a bit more empathetic I think.
“I will give my technical expertise, if you like, and tell them the things I think they need to improve on.”
When asked if he was purposely letting Craig stick to being the “bad cop” of the panel, he replied: “I don’t think Craig has ever been the good cop, has he?
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“So I think we know what’s coming from him up the end.
“I shall be a bit more gentle with them I think.”
Speaking further about the upcoming new series, the dancer said the production is currently under strict coronavirus protocols for now, but said this will be reevaluated nearer the time.
“It needs to be heavily protected,” he added on BBC Sounds. “They need to protect themselves and do all of the right things”.
This year won’t be Anton’s first time in the judging seat.
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Last series, he stepped in for Motsi after she had to self-isolate following a trip to Germany.
Anton has been a dancer on the show since the beginning in 2004.
He is yet to win the Glitterball trophy, but has come close to victory a couple of times, most recently with Emma Barton.
Following the news of him being a judge, dancer Karen Hauer shared her thoughts on his new role.
Speaking on Loose Women, she said: “I’m really, really happy for him.”
The dancer added she believes he’ll be a “fair judge” due to his many years as a dancer.
Karen jokingly added: “But you know, if he’s not, we’ll have a talk with him backstage.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.
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