STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke has produced a subtle dig at ex-judge Alesha Dixon by claiming only pro dancers need to be on the panel.
The former Mis-Teeq singer won the BBC 1 dancing show in 2007 and two years later, she controversially replaced Arlene Phillips on the judging panel.
Regardless of leaving the show soon after 3 series in 2012 to come to be a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, Anton nevertheless thinks the choice to axe Arlene, 76, was the incorrect one particular.
Speaking to the Everyday Express, the 53-year-old dancer stated: “They need to have under no circumstances got rid of Arlene Phillips.
“I am such an admirer of hers. But I suppose they could not ask her back.”
In what could be taken as a additional dig at Alesha, 41, he continued: “I do not want an ex-contestant on the panel, all they can supply is observations along the lines that they know how the celebrity feels simply because they have been in the similar position.
“Unless you have been a qualified dancer, there is no location for you on a judging panel.”
This year’s series saw pro dancer Motsi Mabuse join the show soon after Darcey Bussell quit.
Anton was complete of admiration for the 38-year-old, saying she “hit the ground operating” and match in faster than when Darcey and head judge Shirley Ballas initial joined the show.
He explained: “Motsi is a terrific addition.
“Try to remember when Darcey initial began and kept saying ‘Yah’ at the finish of each sentence? She rather promptly became brilliant although.
“And Shirley did not appear to know at the starting no matter whether to be vital or technical or what but she, also, quickly located her feet.”
Each time their is a modify in the judging panel, Anton’s name comes up, obtaining been on the show as a pro dancer because the initial series.
Rumours abound that Craig Revel Horwood could quit, but Anton insisted the show would not be the similar without having him.
In addition to, he is not prepared to hang up his ballroom footwear just but, in particular soon after getting paired with EastEnders actress Emma Barton this year.
Anton stated: “I’d rather dance on the show than judge for the time getting.
“But I do know that, if they ever supplied me the possibility of getting a judge and I turned it down, they would not supply once more.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at six.40pm on BBC 1.
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