Anton Du Beke’s wife in tears over Strictly judge role after pro’s ego ‘around his ankles’

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Anton Du Beke once again joined forces with Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood on Strictly Come Dancing 2020. Having been a part of the show since the beginning, this month marks the first time he has been a judge.

I didn’t know what they were going to do

Anton Du Beke

The 54-year-old has now gone into detail about how it all happened, saying his wife Hannah Summers was in tears.

Long tipped to become one of the panel, the father-of-two said he was “so, so happy” when the offer finally arrived from BBC bosses.

Speaking candidly in a new interview, Anton said his ego was very low before the good news.

The dancer became the first to get booted out of this year’s competition, after being partnered up with Jacqui Smith, 58.

After hearing Motsi Mabuse had to return to Germany at the last-minute, the pro said the move still “came out of the blue”.

“I didn’t know what they were going to do,” he stated.

But the phone call came the Thursday before he was due on air on the Saturday night.

“I love the show,” he commented. “I love everything about it, so to finally get a chance to judge it was incredible.

“My wife cried when I told her but I also thought that it would give me something to do for the rest of the series.”

Anton has been married to Hannah since 2017, and they are parents to three-year-old twins: George and Henrietta.

The small screewn favourite continued: “When you’re voted off at the beginning you have nothing to do.

“Thank goodness they gave me that job. My ego was around my ankles after getting booted off first this year.”

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He has admittedly had a string of what some might say are unlucky partnerships, with his best result coming last year with Emma Barton, 43.

Anton has also danced with the likes of Susannah Constantine, Ruth Langsford, Lesley Joseph and Ann Widdecombe.

Saying he still wanted to feel part of the show after his elimination, he told 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.”

Last night he was seen in a custom midnight blue velvet jacket, after he asked his tailor to make one in the wake of the new role.

Finally, when asked if he has a favourite, Anton confirmed he didn’t.

He added: “I don’t actually have to judge the pros, it’s the celebs. And now I’m not allowed to say which of them I think will win.”

Strictly Come Dancing: The Results continues tonight at 7.25pm on BBC One.

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