Strictlys Anton Du Beke opens up on dancing regret It can get destructive

Strictly: Anton Du Beke says he ‘prefers sitting and watching’

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Anton Du Beke, 55, made his judging debut on Strictly Come Dancing this year after starring in the BBC competition as a professional dancer since 2004. When the Loose Women panel quizzed the ballroom dancer on whether he preferred competing or judging during Wednesday’s instalment of the show, Anton revealed it’s “easier on the knees” to judge the show and admitted he “hated getting voted off”. 

Loose Women panellist and former Strictly contestant Katie Piper could resist asking Anton about his judging experience on the popular BBC show. 

Katie said: “Obviously I am now a fan and I watch every single weekend and I love watching you as the judge as you give constructive criticism and you know what it’s like to be there in the dance-off.

“You know what the pressure is like and you bring that experience to the panel, but which do you prefer? Do you prefer being in the competition or sitting on that seat in the panel?”

Anton candidly explained how he preferred “sitting and watching” the contestants compete in the competition each week. 

He said: “This is for two reasons. One it’s a lot easier on the knees and I hate getting voted off. 

“My worst thing about Strictly Come Dancing, and it always has been over the years, is being voted off. 

“I have been voted off early, but I have also made it to the final over the years. 

“So I have that experience as well of being all the way through the show and trying every trick in the book with my partners.” 

He explained he’s been trying to bring all of his Strictly experience into judging for this year’s competition. 

“I really, really enjoy judging and I certainly prefer it at the moment,” the star added. 

Anton also admitted that if he could turn back the time he would tell his younger self to “calm down”. 

He said: “As soon as I stopped competing a switch sort of went off really and I wasn’t the same after that.”

“It was that really, and it was drive, frustration, passion and desire as I had all of those things in abundance. 

“But sometimes it gets destructive and you end up doing the opposite of what you are trying to do. 

“So if I had my time again I’d just put a hand on my shoulder and go, ‘Calm down old love’.”

Anton, who has been a permanent fixture on Strictly since the BBC show’s inception, but has never won the Glitterball Trophy.

The best result Anton has achieved is third with Lesley Garrett in the very first series.

Anton has temporarily replaced regular judge Bruno Tonioli on the latest Strictly series.

This is because Bruno is currently on the judging panel of the US equivalent, Dancing With The Stars. 

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday on BBC One at 6.40pm.

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