Anton du Beke leaves Strictly Come Dancing after 17 years as a dancer to become a judge.
Anton Du Beke will leave Strictly Come Dancing as co-star hints at departure?
Anton Du Beke (born 21 July 1966) is a British ballroom and Latin dancer and television personality best known for his role as a professional dancer and judge on the BBC One celebrity dancing show Strictly Come Dancing since its inception in 2004. Erin Boag has been his professional dance partner since 1997.
He replaced Dale Winton as team captain in 2008 and presented the BBC's UK edition of Hole in the Wall in 2009.
Du Beke's debut studio album, From the Top, was released on Polydor Records in November 2017. It charted at number 21 in the United Kingdom.
Personal and Family Life
Anton Du Beke was born on July 20, 1966, in Sevenoaks, Kent, as Anthony Paul Beke. His father, Antal Xavier Beke, is Hungarian, and his mother, Ascension Conchita Lema, is Spanish. Stephen is his brother, while Veronica is his sister. He attended Wildernesse Boys School in Sevenoaks, where he was known as Tony Beke.
Anton started taking dancing lessons at the Holton School of Dancing when he was ten years old. He became intrigued by ballroom dancing at the age of fourteen and dropped out of school a few years later. He decided to become a great ballroom dancer a year later.
He used to be a junior boxer and a county footballer in addition to dancing, but he gave up everything to pursue his passion for dancing. He is very enthusiastic about golf.
He married Hannah Summers, the Chief Marketing Officer of AdaptiveMobile, a well-known mobile network security business, in May 2017. In March of that year, the couple welcomed their twins, daughter Henrietta and son George.
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Is Anton Du Beke Announcing His Departure from Strictly Come Dancing?
We don't know for sure, but it appears like Anton Du Beke, the last remaining original pro dancer, is considering leaving Strictly Come Dancing.
Anton had his greatest year yet after making it to the final with EastEnders actress Emma Barton and earned his first ever 10s from the judges after appearing in 17 seasons.
According to the Daily Star, Anton is overjoyed to have had such a nice year with Emma, 42, and wants to leave the programme “on a high.”
According to a show source, “Anton adores being a part of Strictly, but he's been considering leaving for some time. He spoke with the show's chief producers earlier this year and expressed his feelings.”
Anton has had a number of infamous collaborations with the likes of Ann Widdecombe and Nancy Dell'Olio throughout the years.
The source continued: “Anton does not want to be known for his terrible grades. He had stated that he intended to wait until he had a solid year before retiring.
“He's had it with Emma, so they won't be surprised if he decides to go.”
Because all of the Strictly pros sign one-year contracts, Anton and his fellow professional dancers have yet to commit to participate in the 2020 season.
What Has Anton Du Beke Said About His Departure from Strictly Come Dancing?
After learning that Motsi Mabuse had been nominated as a new judge – a position he had hoped to obtain – Anton Du Beke reportedly vowed to leave the famous BBC show this year.
Anton was reportedly upset that he had been passed up for the new job in favour of the South African dancer.
Shirley Ballas, on the other hand, was appointed to the position of the chief judge.
In 2018, Anton was eliminated from the series in the first week.
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Anton du Beke worked a variety of day jobs after dropping out of school to pay for his dancing classes. Working as a baker, painter and decorator, and furniture salesperson were among them. He also began competing in dance competitions.
He paired up with Erin Boag in 1997. They won a number of contests together, including the New Zealand Championship in 1998 and 1999. In 2002, the two went pro and competed in a variety of events, reaching the finals and earning championships
Their victory at the 2003 International Dance Teachers' Association Classic was a watershed moment in their careers, as it attracted the attention of the BBC, which was looking for professional dancers for their new television dance show Strictly Come Dancing.
Strictly Come Dancing first debuted in 2004 and has already aired eighteen seasons, with Anton appearing in each one. Lesley Garrett, Laila Rouass, Kate Garraway, Ann Widdecombe, Emma Barton, and Katie Derham are among the celebrities that have appeared on the show.
While he has never won the show, he did take second in-season seventeen (with Emma Barton) and third in the inaugural season (with Lesley Garrett). When Judge Motsi Mabuse had to go to Germany in November 2020, he filled in for him.
Anton's Dance Class (2008) and B is for Ballroom (2010) are the consequence of his enthusiasm for dancing and becoming an author (2012). He further demonstrated his writing abilities with his debut novel One Enchanted Evening, which became a Sunday Times best-selling novel in 2018.
Moonlight Over Mayfair (2019) and A Christmas to Remember (2019) are the second and third instalments of the book, respectively (2020). The book will be followed by the third instalment in 2021.
Anton and Erin continue to perform all around the world and are in high demand for award shows, business parties, and charity fundraisers. He teaches dancing and workouts to individuals who are interested through his YouTube account.