Anton Du Beke “would love” to dance with one of the professionals on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Anton Du Beke would love to pair up with a Strictly Come Dancing pro

Anton Du Beke would love to pair up with a Strictly Come Dancing pro

The 57-year-old star - who replaced Bruno Tonioli, 67, in 2021 on the judging panel of the star-studded BBC One Latin and ballroom competition having been partnered with a celebrity on every previous season - misses taking to the ballroom floor despite how he “hated” getting voted off.

He said: "I am really excited about the judges number at the beginning. What I would love to do one year, is to do a dance with one of the professionals for one of the artist numbers like I used to.

"There’s nothing quite like performing, it’s magical, the thing about dancing with a celebrity is you get voted off, and that’s the bit I hated."

Anton will be back for the new series alongside fellow judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse.

He feels “massive pride” about his continued involvement and longevity on the show - which is fronted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman - even if he finds it “overwhelming”.

He added: "Obviously you will want to know who the celebrities are, some you'll know and some you won't know as well, and audiences will get a favourite immediately, so that's always exciting in the first show. The music's amazing, the Judges are brilliant, Tess and Claudia are incredible, the frocks are fantastic, then you have all of sets and the lighting! The show is so multi-generational as well.

"The biggest joy is being part of it and turning up every week. It's a real surprise and a fortune that I've been a part of the show since the beginning, and there’s only Craig, Tess and I left from the very first series and to have been part of a show that is part of the fabric of British consciousness – and the world’s, it’s such a global show - is sort of overwhelming, if I think about it too deeply it blows my mind.

"To be a part of that since the beginning, I feel massive pride. I love it now as much as I did then and I'm delighted about that as well."