Anton Du Beke ordered to ‘speak less’ from Strictly producers whilst judging contestants

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Anton Du Beke finally sat in one of Strictly Come Dancing’s judging chairs last weekend after Motsi Mabuse was forced to quarantine following an emergency trip to Germany. The professional dancer who has been on the nation’s favourite dance show since its inauguration was a firm but fair judge and awarded a ten paddle to Clara Amfo for her Charleston. Today, he joined Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning to speak about the experience and he revealed the instructions he received off BBC show producers during the live show. 

“I felt so comfortable [in the judge’s chair],” Anton said. 

“It was so lovely to be able to sit there and enjoy the dancing and then comment on all the things I loved about it – that was always going to be my steer.” 

“Was there an element of nerves?” Phillip asked. 

“The worst part about it, is you don’t have very long to get your point across,” the King of Ballroom remarked. 

“And anybody who’s met me knows that short and succinct isn’t really my game – why let a short answer get in the way of a nice rambling long monologue – that’s my reasoning behind it!” 

“So was that the only thing you were worried about – you had to self-edit?” The presenter continued. 

Anton explained: “Yes! For me, that’s a nightmare!

“‘Shorter, shorter!’ They kept saying. I said: ‘Honestly, I’ve barely said hello!’” 

Before his judging debut, Anton spoke to Strictly’s former head judge, Len Goodman about what to expect. 

And Len gave him some advice: “He said to be yourself and say what you see. And I did exactly that. 

“I thought ‘Well, I’ve got a bit go experience here,’ so I remarked on what I saw and what I enjoyed most about the performances,” Anton added. 

“Did you sit in the seat and say ‘I like this! I might do this a bit more.’” Phillip remarked. 

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“Like all these things, it’s a lot less stressful. The talking bit is easier than the moving [dancing],” Anton joked. 

“I’m enjoying it, I’m going to love it as much this weekend as I did last.” 

This Saturday night, Anton will be back alongside Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood. 

But following his first appearance, fans have called for him to become a permanent member of the judging panel. 

As for who left the competition, Max George failed to impress the judges enough to be saved. 

He went head to head with Maisie Smith in the dance off. 

But Craig and Anton thought the EastEnders star had more talent, despite Shirley saying she would’ve saved Max. 

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday night on BBC One and This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV. 

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