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Craig Revel Horwood says ‘long may it continue!’ of Anton Du Beke being on Strictly judging panel

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He was brought in as a judge on a temporary basis after Bruno Tonioli stood down from the role because Covid restrictions meant he could not appear both on the show and its US version, Dancing With The Stars. 

And now, Craig Revel Horwood, 56, has branded Anton Du Beke, 55, a ‘great addition’ to the Strictly judging panel as the pair admitted that they do love playing ‘Good Cop, Bad Cop.’

The stalwart judge cheered: ‘long may it continue’ of Anton being on the panel, after it was revealed that BBC bosses are split over whether to dump the newcomer and bring back Bruno, 66, next season.

High praise1 Craig Revel Horwood, 56, has branded Anton Du Beke, 55, a 'great addition' to the Strictly judging panel as the pair admitted that they do love playing 'Good Cop, Bad Cop'

High praise1 Craig Revel Horwood, 56, has branded Anton Du Beke, 55, a ‘great addition’ to the Strictly judging panel as the pair admitted that they do love playing ‘Good Cop, Bad Cop’

Speaking to Best magazine, Craig said: ‘Anton’s a great addition, he knows the process of working with celebrities inside-out, he’s been there.

‘Particularly with celebs that haven’t been ‘gifted’, he’s had to manoeuvre them around that dancefloor – and he’s been with great dancers, where he could show off his talents!

‘Armed with all that information, he’s showing great empathy for the celebs – he’s more lenient than me. And he’s funny. Long may it continue, he’s a good egg, Anton. 

‘We’re topping and tailing the ladies on the panel, poor things – except we’re about five metres apart, plus there are Perspex screens! We have to lean forward to chat to each other, but that just adds to the fun.

Big fan! Craig cheered: 'long may it continue' of Anton being on the panel, after it was revealed that BBC bosses are split over whether to dump the newcomer and bring back Bruno Tonioli

Big fan! Craig cheered: ‘long may it continue’ of Anton being on the panel, after it was revealed that BBC bosses are split over whether to dump the newcomer and bring back Bruno Tonioli

He's a good egg! Craig said of Anton: 'He's showing great empathy for the celebs – he's more lenient than me. And he's funny. Long may it continue, he's a good egg, Anton'

He’s a good egg! Craig said of Anton: ‘He’s showing great empathy for the celebs – he’s more lenient than me. And he’s funny. Long may it continue, he’s a good egg, Anton’

‘You can say, “Sorry, Anton, I didn’t hear a word you said, darling…” We do love to play Good Cop, Bad Cop.’

Speaking about his first season as a Strictly judge, Anton gushed: ‘Incredible. And don’t ask me who’s going to win because I genuinely have no idea!

‘I like to think I’ve not been too soft, but I’ve been nicer than Craig, which isn’t difficult. Though, as anyone who knows him will tell you, he’s wonderful – a lamb in wolf ‘s clothing.

‘I do enjoy that we book-end the ladies. A Craig and Anton sandwich. Now, there’s an unenviable position for Motsi and Shirley…

‘But the most important thing for me is to be involved in Strictly, because I love the show.’

Newest judge! 'I like to think I've not been too soft, but I've been nicer than Craig, which isn't difficult. Though, as anyone who knows him will tell you, he's wonderful' said Anton

Newest judge! ‘I like to think I’ve not been too soft, but I’ve been nicer than Craig, which isn’t difficult. Though, as anyone who knows him will tell you, he’s wonderful’ said Anton

Anton also spoke enthusiastically about spending New Years Eve at home with wife Hannah and their twins, and gushed about his children’s ‘gorgeous personalities.’ 

He said: ‘We’ll be at home, I’d wager. The babies are only four-and-a-half. Knowing them, we’ll end up putting some Strictly-esque music on and they’ll have us dancing around the living room, till they drop.

‘They have a wonderful relationship, George and Henrietta, such a tight bond and gorgeous personalities. It’s just pure joy to spend time with them. I can think of no better way of seeing in the new year.’

Proud dad: Anton also revealed he'd be spending New Years Eve at home with wife Hannah and their twins George and Henrietta, four, and gushed about their 'gorgeous personalities'

Proud dad: Anton also revealed he’d be spending New Years Eve at home with wife Hannah and their twins George and Henrietta, four, and gushed about their ‘gorgeous personalities’

On his New Year’s Eve plans, Craig explained: ‘Well, because of Covid we don’t have any big knees-up in the bar after the Strictly shows, which is what we’d normally do – and where you really get to know people. 

‘So, I’m hoping we can have a little bash in our new home, especially having spent Christmas in a one-bed apartment in Southampton as I’m in panto there! 

‘We’ll have one day and night in the New Forest on the 25th with friends, if we can. I’m a keen cook, so I’ll enjoy rustling up NYE party nibbles. I’m a very busy boy, anyway – it’s straight into the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour in January.’     

Looking to the future: On his big hope for 2022, Craig revealed how he's desperate for his first home with fiancé Jonathan to bee ready for them to move into

Looking to the future: On his big hope for 2022, Craig revealed how he’s desperate for his first home with fiancé Jonathan to bee ready for them to move into

On his big hope for 2022, Craig revealed how he’s desperate for his first home with fiancé Jonathan to bee ready for them to move into.

He explained: ‘The house move to Stamford in the Midlands is taking its own torturous time, so I’d love someone to come along with a magic wand and go, “Oh, is this what you want?” and it’s all done in seconds!

‘The new place needs a lot of renovation, but I’m looking forward to that, because it’s mine and my fiancé Jonathan’s first home together.

‘It’s our pet project, once we have time to focus on it! It’s got a pool, like my old place (a must, for parties!) but this time, we’re going for more earthen tones.

‘My home for seven years was quite minimalist, and stark – I lived amidst a lot of white and glitter! We’re warming this one up and making it a more of a home than a show house.’ 

Temporary? Anton was brought in as a judge on a temporary basis after Tonioli stood down from the role because Covid restrictions meant he couldn't fly between the US and UK

Temporary? Anton was brought in as a judge on a temporary basis after Tonioli stood down from the role because Covid restrictions meant he couldn’t fly between the US and UK

Craig and Anton’s interview comes after it was reported that BBC bosses are split over whether to dump Anton and bring Bruno back to the Strictly panel. 

Bruno had previously flown between Los Angeles for US version, Dancing With The Stars and England for Strictly, but Covid restrictions meant he could not appear on both.

Sources at the BBC say that his decision to choose the role in the States, which is understood to pay him in the region of £800,000 rather than the £250,000 he was getting for his Strictly duties, means that some chiefs think their loyalty should lie with Du Beke.

They also fear that Anton might quit the show, which he has appeared on as a professional dancer since its inception, if he is axed from the judging panel. 

Will he be back? Others view Tonioli as a Strictly superstar who is both adored and missed by the show's ten million viewers

Will he be back? Others view Tonioli as a Strictly superstar who is both adored and missed by the show’s ten million viewers

Tonioli, who was on the Strictly panel since the show launched in 2004, has been selected to be a judge on the show’s tour which starts early next year.

He will line up alongside Craig Revel Horwood and head judge Shirley Ballas.

Some suggest that the move could be a ‘sweetener’ for Tonioli so they don’t have to invite him back and ditch Du Beke, but others think it is a way of lining up his return. 

Du Beke, the only remaining member of the original 2004 Strictly troupe, recently revealed how much he prefers to be a judge. 

He said: ‘That is one of the plus sides of the role, that I’ve been afforded more time at home. Because I only ever do Saturdays, I’m just doing the weekends.

‘What also is lovely is, I go on the school run in the morning, or I pick up in the afternoon, whatever it is, and the other children come up to me and they say ‘I saw you on the dancing. I saw you on the dancing’.’

Last year The MoS revealed how Tonioli earned £33,000 per minute from the BBC after it was agreed that he would appear via video link from LA because he could not make it back to be in the studio. 

He was only seen or heard for three minutes 46 seconds despite being paid £125,000.

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021: WHO ARE THE COUPLES?

TOM FLETCHER & AMY DOWDEN

Celebrity’s Age: 36

Profession: McFly musician

Tom says: ‘I’m so pleased the news is out it’s been so hard keeping it secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.’

Fun fact: Tom’s McFly bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

ROBERT WEBB & DIANNE BUSWELL

 Celebrity’s Age: 48

Profession: Actor and comedian

Robert says: ‘It’s very exciting but with a slight undertone of quivering terror.’

Fun Fact: Robert squeezed into a shiny leotard to take the title of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, performing What A Feeling from ’80s film Flashdance, beating the likes of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness to the title. 

RHYS STEPHENSON & NANCY XU  

Celebrity’s Age: 27

Profession: CBBC presenter  

Rhys says: ‘I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation’

Fun fact: Rhys has been an actor since the age of ten, performing alongside Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville. 

KATIE MCGLYNN & GORKA MARQUEZ

 Celebrity’s Age: 28

Profession: Actress

Katie says: ‘I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.’

Fun fact: Katie, who played Sinead Tinker in Corrie, won a NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020. 

TILLY RAMSAY & NIKITA KUZMIN

Celebrity’s Age: 19

Profession: CBBC presenter

Tilly says: ’I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!’

Fun fact: Tilly’s father is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the pair often star in dancing TikTok videos.

NINA WADIA & NEIL JONES  

Celebrity’s Age: 52

Profession: Actress

Nina says: ‘I think I should do this before I’m too old and can’t walk anymore. I just want to grab life by the horns and just enjoy it.’

Fun fact: Nina is a JDRF Ambassador and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List. 

ADAM PEATY & KATYA JONES

Celebrity’s Age: 26

Profession: Athlete 

Adam says: ‘I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool.’

Fun fact: Adam becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.

UGO MONYE & OTI MABUSE

 

Celebrity’s Age: 38

Profession: Rugby player and sports pundit

Ugo says: ‘What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves.

Fun fact: Beginning his rugby career at Harlequins in 2002, Ugo went on to make 241 appearances for the club where he scored 89 tries, won a Premiership and made his England debut in 2008.

 

AJ ODUDU & KAI WIDDRINGTON

Celebrity’s Age: 33

Profession: TV presenter

 AJ says: ‘I think it’s going to be really challenging. I can’t wait for the sequins, the wigs, the glitz and the glamour.’

Fun Fact: Apocalypse Wow hosts AJ has featured on a whopping 14 TV shows this year, competing in the likes oF Cooking With The Stars and Celebrity Karaoke Club. She has appeared as a panelist on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in the past, too.

JOHN WHAITE & JOHANNES RADEBE

Celebrity’s Age: 33

Profession: Great British Bake Off Winner and TV chef

 John says: ‘I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family… I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth’

Fun Fact: The duo are the first ever all-male partnering – the first in 17 years of the show.

SARA DAVIES & ALJAZ SKORJANEC

Celebrity’s Age: 37  

Profession:  Businesswoman

Sara says: ‘I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance… Truth be told – I haven’t got a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.’

Fun fact: Sara was the youngest ever dragon on BBC show Dragons’ Den.

DAN WALKER & NADIYA BYCHKOVA

Celebrity’s Age: 44 

Profession: Journalist

Dan says: ‘I’m enjoying the experience when it starts of learning to dance. I’ll be honest I’m not making room on any shelves in my house for the glitterball.’

Fun fact: Dan recently quit Football Focus after 12 years at the helm and has been covering Tokyo Olympics.

 GREG WISE & KAREN HAUER

Celebrity’s Age: 55

Profession: Actor

Greg says: ‘It’s about being out there and exposing yourself as someone who can’t dance, and learning.’

Fun fact: Greg is married to the actress Emma Thompson who he met while filming Sense and Sensibility.  

ROSE AYLING-ELLIS & GIOVANNI PERNICE

Celebrity’s Age: 30

Profession: Actress

Rose says: ‘I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers. I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill.’

 Fun fact: Rose will make history as Strictly’s first deaf contestant. 

 JUDI LOVE & GRAZIANO DI PRIMA

Celebrity’s Age: 41

Profession: Comedienne 

Judi says: ‘I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing and now it’s actually coming true!’

Fun fact: Judi began comedy when she performed a set in front of her class for a degree module.

 

 

 

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