Strictly’s Anton Du Beke reacts to the possibility of replacing Len Goodman on Dancing with the Stars

Strictly’s Anton Du Beke reacts to the possibility of replacing Len Goodman on Dancing with the Stars

Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke has opened up about the possibility of replacing Len Goodman on Dancing with the stars.

Previously strictly speaking Judge Len announced earlier this month that he will not be returning to the show next season, having been part of the panel since 2005.

Announcing his decision live on air, he described his time on the show as “a great pleasure”, but explained that he wants to spend more time with his family in the UK.

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As a result, viewers have been wondering who might be set to replace Len as the main judge on the Disney+ series.

Talking further Good morning UK today (23 November) Anton opened up about the possibility of filling in for Len.

“Can I be the transatlantic judge? Well, you’re just a phone call away,” he said.

Anton went on to admit that he is probably not the man for the job, but because he would choose to be on the UK panel over the US if forced to decide.

“I doubt it will happen. No, I couldn’t… I would never choose that one over this one. I don’t suppose I would get the call,” he added.

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“And also, I don’t think we do that anymore, the flying back and forth. So I think you have to make the choice, one or the other, and for me it’s here every time.”

Len currently sits on the panel with Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli.

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Len and Bruno were both original judges on Strictly Come Dancing when it started in 2004, and both flew back and forth between the US and the UK to referee DWTS also. In 2016, Len decided to give up his place on the UK panel and was replaced by Shirley Ballas.

Bruno, meanwhile, continued on the panel, but reduced his strictly speaking commitments in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on international travel.

Earlier this year, he decided to step away from strictly speaking panel – with Anton succeeding him as a permanent judge alongside Shirley, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood, who is the only judge left from strictly speakingits original lineup.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One, while the spin-off shows Strictly: It takes two broadcast weeknights on BBC Two. Both shows are also streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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