Strictly cast and crew back Anton du Beke to replace Darcey Bussell
12 April 2019 - 4:00 PM

Strictly cast and crew back Anton du Beke to replace Darcey Bussell

Share article:

The "Strictly Come Dancing" cast and crew have backed Anton du Beke to replace Dame Darcey Bussell as the new judge on the show.

The 52-year-old professional dancer has been a huge hit with fans of the BBC One celebrity dance contest since it began in 2004, largely thanks to years of being placed with "novelty acts"

And as he's never a "real contender" to win the coveted Glitter Ball trophy, he is a favourite to take over from the retired ballerina.

A source told The Sun Online: "Loveable Anton is the cast's favourite choice to take over from Darcey as judge. Some on the show believe it's time for him to hang up his dancing shoes and sit on the other side of the table.

"Anton is a well-loved professional but it's felt by many that his glory years are over. He's often placed with the novelty act and has no chance of getting near the Glitter Ball. He isn't a real contender any more."

Strictly winner Louis Smith would love to return as a judge

Strictly winner Louis Smith would love to return as a judge

17 April 2019 - 2:00 PM

Strictly winner Louis Smith would love to return as a judge

This news comes after Darcey - who became a full-time judge on the show's 10th series in 2012 - revealed she was stepping away from her spot on the panel alongside head judge Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

The dancer added that she's enjoyed "every minute" of her time on the show and insisted she's not leaving because of "of any upset or disagreement".

Chris Evans backs Alfonso Ribeiro to replace Darcey Bussell as Strictly judge

Chris Evans backs Alfonso Ribeiro to replace Darcey Bussell as Strictly judge

11 April 2019 - 4:00 PM

Chris Evans backs Alfonso Ribeiro to replace Darcey Bussell as Strictly judge

She said in a statement: "It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of "Strictly", working with such a talented team.

"I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.

"I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can't imagine having gone any better."

Simon Cowell announces new talent show set in Antarctica
22 April 2019

Simon Cowell announces new talent show set in Antarctica

Simon Cowell announces new talent show set in Antarctica
Louis Smith says getting people to understand is hardest part of depression
22 April 2019

Louis Smith says getting people to understand is hardest part of depression

Louis Smith says getting people to understand is hardest part of depression
Vanessa Feltz's partner finds her 'sexy' now she is 'happy' with weight loss
22 April 2019

Vanessa Feltz's partner finds her 'sexy' now she is 'happy' with weight loss

Vanessa Feltz's partner finds her 'sexy' now she is 'happy' with weight loss
James Bye keen to renew wedding vows after welcoming third child
22 April 2019

James Bye keen to renew wedding vows after welcoming third child

James Bye keen to renew wedding vows after welcoming third child
Hayley Tamaddon is pregnant
22 April 2019

Hayley Tamaddon is pregnant

Hayley Tamaddon is pregnant
Ferne McCann 'broody' for wedding
22 April 2019

Ferne McCann 'broody' for wedding

Ferne McCann 'broody' for wedding
James Argent makes debut presenting Good Morning Britain
22 April 2019

James Argent makes debut presenting Good Morning Britain

James Argent makes debut presenting Good Morning Britain
CJ de Mooi is 'dying' from AIDS and about to lose his home
22 April 2019

CJ de Mooi is 'dying' from AIDS and about to lose his home

CJ de Mooi is 'dying' from AIDS and about to lose his home
Joshua 'JP' Patterson was in the 'darkest' place in 2018
22 April 2019

Joshua 'JP' Patterson was in the 'darkest' place in 2018

Joshua 'JP' Patterson was in the 'darkest' place in 2018
Kevin Clifton pays tribute to Stacey Dooley
20 April 2019

Kevin Clifton pays tribute to Stacey Dooley

Kevin Clifton pays tribute to Stacey Dooley
Natalie Cassidy 'finally feels comfortable' with her weight
20 April 2019

Natalie Cassidy 'finally feels comfortable' with her weight

Natalie Cassidy 'finally feels comfortable' with her weight
Danny Dyer says he's a 'master' of sex
20 April 2019

Danny Dyer says he's a 'master' of sex

Danny Dyer says he's a 'master' of sex