By Katie Hind For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 00:55 GMT, 22 November 2020 | Updated: 00:55 GMT, 22 November 2020
Anton du Beke has thanked Strictly bosses for granting his showbiz wish to become a judge on the hit show.
Speaking for the first time about his new temporary role, the star said: ‘Thank goodness they gave me that job. My ego was around my ankles after getting booted off first this year.’
The ballroom dancer revealed how his wife Hannah burst into tears when he got off the phone to the show’s bosses earlier this month after being told that he would be joining the panel after competing on the show for 16 years. He is replacing Motsi Mabuse, who is in quarantine for two weeks after flying to Germany for a family issue.
‘It came out of the blue,’ said Anton. ‘We heard Motsi had to go back to Germany and I didn’t know what they were going to do. Then, last Thursday, I got a phone call when they asked me to do it. I was so, so happy.
Anton du Beke has thanked Strictly bosses for granting his showbiz wish to become a judge on the hit show
Speaking about his new temporary role, the star said: ‘Thank goodness they gave me that job. My ego was around my ankles after getting booted off first this year.’
‘I love the show. I love everything about it, so to finally get a chance to judge it was incredible. My wife cried when I told her but I also thought that it would give me something to do for the rest of the series.
‘When you’re voted off at the beginning you have nothing to do. It’s easy not to feel part of the show because you’re sitting in the audience watching everyone else dance. So thank goodness they gave me the judging job.’
Anton’s three-year-old twins George and Henrietta were also delighted. ‘My children say Daddy either dances or talks on the television, so they saw me talk last weekend and this one,’ said Du Beke.
Anton celebrated his new role by asking his tailor to make him a midnight blue velvet jacket, which he wore for the first time last night.
Anton left the contest first this year with his Strictly dance partner Jacqui Smith
‘It was a bit of a treat,’ he revealed. ‘I hope it shows up OK on the television... that it doesn’t look too black.’
His role alongside Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood on the panel means he has to mark his