Thinking it’s all going to end tomorrow Strictlys Anton Du Beke admits fears for career

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Strictly Come Dancing favourite Anton Du Beke, 55, has been a permanent fixture on the BBC show since its first series in 2004, and has just received a promotion to join the judging panel. 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.

He 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.

Anton received rave reviews from viewers, who were just as excited to see him return as a judge for Strictly 2021.

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.”

The King of Ballroom revealed his concerns also help motivate him to work harder.

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.”

Reflecting on his first experience as a judge last year, Anton said: “When I got that call [to join the judges] last year, I was amazed and elated, doubly so at being back in the show after Jacqui Smith and I were the first to be eliminated – but not nervous, no. 

“The difficulty is delivering everything you want to say in 15 or 20 seconds. 

“When you’re on the receiving end, it feels like the judges have a lifetime to tell you all the things you already know went wrong, but it’s different from the other side of the desk.”

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Anton went on to review his performance, admitting he thinks he had room for improvement.

The star added: “I did all right. If I had a Strictly paddle to score my performance – seven, maybe? 

“It’s like dance. The better you do it, the easier it looks.”

Anton spoke out on his new role as judge on social media in June.

Anton wrote alongside the BBC’s announcement in view of his 259,000 followers: “I’m so exited!(sic)

“Thrilled to be joining these wonderful judges @bbcstrictly.”

Anton also said in a statement: “My loves I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be stepping into Bruno’s brogues for the next series of Strictly.

“It’s a dream come true to be judging alongside the best of the best and I promise to be kinder to all the couples than any of them have ever been to me.”

Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times – out now.

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