Strictly’s Anton Du Beke ‘frustrated’ as judge and ‘wants to dance’
Strictly: Anton Du Beke says he ‘misses’ dancing
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Strictly Come Dancing judge Anton Du Beke gives critique to the dancing duos alongside head judge Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse. The 56-year-old said he was “delighted” to officially be a part of the panel, however could he be wishing he was on the dance floor instead?
Anton was the show’s longest reigning professional dancer up until his last series in 2020.
During the series, he stood in Motsi’s shoes for two weeks while she self-isolated.
In the following year, he replaced Bruno who couldn’t travel back to the UK due to restrictions at the time.
This year, he was announced as an official judge.
According to Body language expert Darren Stanton, Anton could be “frustrated” on the panel.
On behalf of Betfair, he said: “Anton was seen making a lot of movement with his body and gestures as he sat on the panel.
“He’s doing a thing in psychology that we call second positioning, which means he’s placing himself into the shoes of the prospective candidate.
“This can come across as him being frustrated sometimes because I feel Anton just wants to hit the dance floor and take part rather than being a judge.
“Sometimes he almost dances in his seat and he’s often seen moving his shoulders and his body in time with the performances.
“It’s the same as when you might see somebody watching a sports game, like tennis or football.”
He went on to say that the dancer is “definitely resonating” with his fellow dancers.
“He knows exactly what it feels like to be on the receiving end,” the former police officer added.
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Darren also believes Anton has become more confident in sharing his opinion and disagreeing with the other judges.
Last week for example, the dancer didn’t hold back when he likened Matt Gross to an “unmade bed”.
The Bros singer performed a Quickstep with his professional dancer Nadia Bychkova.
After the dance, Anton told the pair he’d like “a better line through the body”.
On what he liked about the dance, he said: “Feet, timing, style, musicality,” but then added: “Unfortunately you looked like an unmade bed.”
Following his harsh words, host Tess Daly asked: “Are you the new Craig?”
Craig, known for his sharp tongue, defended Matt, adding: “They’re all being really nasty. That was punchy. It was a really great routine.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 6.30pm on BBC One.
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