Strictly star Anton Du Beke shares his most precious memory from the show

Strictly star Anton Du Beke opens up about his most cherished memory, those judge rumors, and reveals who his dream dance partner would be

Anton Du Beke attends the red carpet launch for 'Strictly Come Dancing 2018' at Old Broadcasting House on August 27, 2018 in London, England.
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Strictly star Anton Du Beke is one of the few individuals who can say they've competed and judged on the BBC's flagship dance competition. Ahead of his upcoming show, An Evening With Anton Du Beke, on May 8, 2022, at the Theatre Royal in Brighton, the beloved star revealed his deepest dancing desires.

As rumors of a Strictly Judges 2022 shakeup abound, many fans have concerns that Anton won't be returning as a judge. However, according to a conversation the star had with The Argus, he has no intention of going anywhere.

Anton said, “I'm absolutely thrilled being a judge on Strictly Come Dancing. I can’t tell you how excited I am every week to watch the couples performing their numbers, knowing exactly what they’ve been through to get to this point."

“And with my fingers crossed they don’t have any mishaps," he added, "I’m all up to speed on what mishaps go like. I have had lots of those over the years." 

The former Strictly pro added, "So I'm very, very excited about being a judge and loving every second.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 Judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and Motsi Mabuse

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As well as all the excitement of being involved in the show, there's a pretty obvious privilege to being one of the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 judges, as Anton explained to the publication. “The big difference between dancing on the show and being a judge of course is I’m guaranteed to make the final, that’s the most exciting thing for me."

Considering he's been involved in the show since its inception, Anton is synonymous with some of the show's most iconic moments. Although it's hard for him to choose his most treasured among these, he said, "The moment I had with Brucie when we did ‘me and my shadow’.

Bruce Forsyth, who died aged-89 in 2017, is remembered as one of the UK's greatest ever entertainers and hosted the show for several seasons.

Anton, also a singer, added his other favorite memory from the show. “Another great highlight, we opened the show in musicals week, with a great ensemble piece that I sang and walked through the number with everybody. It’s called ‘Anything can happen on the Strictly stage’ and I loved that moment."

Regarding his dream partner, Anton said, “Well, I’ve always said I never mind who they put me with on the show. I’ve always enjoyed dancing with all the ladies I’ve danced with over the years."

However, he admitted that there's one person he's always dreamt of dancing with—Darcey Bussell! "I never got a chance to dance with Dame Darcey herself," he said. "That would have been a lot of fun."

Not one to give up, Anton added, "Maybe sometime in the future.”

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