Anton Du Beke says hes ‘refusing’ to go on Strictlys It Takes Two due to Zoe Ball’s exit

Anton Du Beke talks being a judge on Strictly and It Takes Two

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New Strictly Come Dancing judge Anton Du Beke, 55, has quipped that part of the reason behind his decision to join the panel was due to Zoe Ball’s departure from It Takes Two this year. The Strictly pros usually appear on the spin-off show regularly each week to discuss their routines with their celebrity partners, whereas the judges make more infrequent appearances.

During an appearance on Zoe’s BBC Radio 2 show this morning ahead of the Strictly launch tomorrow, Anton cheekily said he is “refusing to go on It Takes Two” in her absence.

Zoe announced her decision to quit as host of It Takes Two earlier this year, before the BBC confirmed that she will be replaced by Strictly pro Janette Manrara, who will front the programme alongside Rylan Clark-Neal.

Zoe, who hosted the programme for 10 years, told Anton she would miss him, after previously seeing him every week on It Takes Two during Strictly season.

The presenter said: “Do you know what? I’m going to miss you Anton.

“I’m not doing It Takes Two now, I don’t get to see your face every week.

“Although I will be watching on the telly box of course!”

Revealing how much he’s going to miss Zoe, Anton said: “One of the reasons I’m judging is because I don’t have to go on to It Takes Two as often now.

“And I’m refusing to go on It Takes Two because you’re not there,” he chuckled.


Laughing at Anton’s remark, Zoe was quick to praise her replacement, Janette. 

She chimed: “Oh, you say that now, Janette’s going to be fabulous.” 

Agreeing with his former Strictly co-star, Anton replied: “She is going to be fabulous.”

The pair then moved on to discuss the highly-anticipated Strictly launch this weekend.

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Zoe quizzed Anton: “Tell us, how are the excitement levels at Strictly headquarters right now? 

“It is the day before the first show, Anton, talk me through it.”

The King of Ballroom revealed: “Well, I can’t tell you how exciting it is, because it’s that time where we don’t know who we’re going to be dancing with, we don’t know what we’re going to be dancing.

“We know we’ve been doing it for a while and finally, we’re going to get partnered up!”

The star has been moved onto the panel this year alongside head judge Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, and Motsi Mabuse, as series regular Bruno Tonioli isn’t able to travel back and forth to the US due to Covid restrictions.

Anton made his debut as a judge last year when Motsi was unable to take her seat on the panel for a couple of weeks after travelling to her home in Germany amid the pandemic.

However, that hasn’t stopped the professional dancer from worrying about the future of his career.

The star opened up on his concerns in a new interview with this week’s Radio Times.

Anton divulged: “I’m always thinking it’s all going to end tomorrow.”

He explained: “It’s a fear and a motivation. 

“I’ve no control over who wants to employ me. It’s a lifetime of being judged.”

Strictly Come Dancing airs tomorrow at 7.45pm on BBC One.

The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show airs weekdays from 6am on BBC Radio 2.

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