Anton du Beke’s career has gone from strength to strength, going from serious professional to being a judge on a hit dance show, yet he is still haunted by regret.
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He is the only professional who has been on Strictly Dancing since the first show, and is now the first dancer to be awarded a permanent spot on the jury.
But that doesn’t mean Anton du Beke doesn’t regret it – and there’s one big thing he says will always haunt him.
Despite his legendary status on the hit BBC show, the 55-year-old dancer, never really won it.
Quoting the French singer of ‘Non, je ne sorry rien’, Anton said: “Sadly I don’t care what Edith Piaf has to say.
“I never won it and that’s a regret.”
In a record 18 years on the show, Anton’s highest placement was second with Emma Barton in 2019.
His second highest came in the inaugural season in 2004, when he finished third alongside Lesley Garrett.
Among the other celebrities he has collaborated with are Esther Rantzen, Kate Garraway, Ruth Langsford, Patsy Palmer and Ann Widdecombe.
Anton diplomatically declined to say which celebrity partner he preferred, but insisted they should all have gone all the way and brought home the glitter ball.
He said: “It’s all great. I love dancing and spending time with all of them, some do better than others, that’s all I can say.
“Even so, they were all robbed, each of them robbed.”
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And Anton, who will step up to the rigorous jury this year for the entire series after successfully filling in Bruno Tonioli for two weeks as panelist last year, acknowledges the best about his new role. he is he knows he will still be a part of the show until the finale.
“The thing that I’ve always found hardest on the show is getting to vote, and I’m glad I won’t be voted down again.
“I love the show, and being voted down means you’re no longer in it and there’s no middle ground. I hate it, but it’s part of the show.
“Yes, there are times when I’m sad that I don’t dance anymore, but not too much. I hope to dance again on the show, perhaps in the group ensemble.
“But I love being a judge and love being a judge. It’s an opportunity to be able to help people. I wanted to help them because I knew exactly what they were going through.”
Anton, who will join returning judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood, said he is now aiming for another award.
“The award that I am hoping to win is the National Television Award for Best Jury, which is exactly who I am after,” he said. “That’s who I’m really after. If I win that I’ll be the happiest bunny in town. “
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/anton-du-beke-admits-devastating-27337267 Anton du Beke admits stern regret will always haunt him