Anton du Beke wants more politicians on Strictly
16 May 2018 - 6:00 PM

Anton du Beke wants more politicians on Strictly

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Anton du Beke wants more politicians to compete on "Strictly Come Dancing".

The 51-year-old professional dancer would love to introduce more MPs to the annual BBC show - which pairs up celebrities with professional dance partners in the hope of transforming them into ballroom sensations - and after he successfully taught Ann Widdecombe, 70, to dazzle on the dancefloor in 2010, he would like to see more politicians take on the challenge.

Speaking to The Times newspaper, he said: "Ann was wonderful, a lovely lady."

As well as Ann's appearance on the show, retired Labour politician Ed Balls unexpectedly won over the hearts of the public with dance partner Katya Jones and survived 10 weeks on the public-voted show before being sent home.

Anton praised Ed as being "great too", and insisted Michael Heseltine, 85, would have been brilliant on the hit programme a few years ago.

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However, Anton believes Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London, would become a "marvellous" dancer in time but says his "untidy" appearance could hinder his chance of success.

He said: "He would be marvellous, but he looks like an unmade bed, I don't think any amount of sequins and lycra is going to tidy him up."

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Several politicians have appeared entertainment and reality shows in recent years, including Boris Johnson's politician father Stanley Johnson, who starred on "I'm A Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here" in 2017.

What's more, Ann ruffled several feathers and finished as runner-up to drag queen Courtney Act in the "Celebrity Big Brother" house this year.

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