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Could Anton be next to leave Strictly?

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Could Anton be next to leave Strictly?

Strictly Come Dancing fans were left reeling yesterday at the news that veteran Brendan Cole had been axed from the programme. Now we’re worrying that Yours favourite Anton Du Beke might not be safe either.

The pair are the last remaining professional dancers who have been in the show since it first aired back in May 2004. Now the Daily Express source has claimed that Anton is yet to hear from BBC bosses about whether he’ll be back.

Anton is the oldest dancer in the group at 51, but carries himself beautifully and has proved a very nurturing and generous partner to various celebrities over the years. Last year was an important one for Anton, as his wife Hannah delivered twins – a boy and a girl – so he’ll no doubt be keen to remain on the dance floor with two little mouths to feed!

Brendan Cole has always been a much more dramatic character than Anton, and has speculated that his contract not being renewed may come as a result of arguments with the judges. He appeared close to tears as he told presenter Lorraine Kelly: “I’m a little bit in shock. I’m quite emotional, a bit raw about it.”

Brendan won the first series with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, although the press were more interested in the rumours of romance between the pair – his split from fiancée (and fellow professional dancer) Camilla Dallerup only fanning the flames. Meanwhile Anton, whose partners have included Esther Rantzen, Jerry Hall and – memorably – Ann Widdecombe, is yet to lift the glitterball trophy. But he did reach the final of series 13 with partner Katie Derham. Outside of Strictly, he’s danced professionally with partner Erin Boag since 1997.


Anton Du Beke’s Strictly partners over the years:

  • Lesley Garrett
  • Esther Rantzen
  • Patsy Palmer
  • Jan Ravens
  • Kate Garraway
  • Gillian Taylforth
  • Laila Rouass
  • Ann Widdecombe
  • Nancy Dell’Olio
  • Jerry Hall
  • Fiona Fullerton
  • Judy Murray
  • Katie Derham
  • Lesley Joseph
  • Ruth Langsford

We’re hoping that Anton remains in place for the next series – when it comes to looking dapper on the dancefloor, no one can touch him. Come on Strictly bosses – give him a partner worthy of his talent!

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