Strictly’s Anton Du Beke says he wishes career ‘took a different path

Anton Du Beke reflects on becoming a Strictly judge

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Anton Du Beke, 56, has become one of the most beloved stars in the country amid his 18-year stint on Strictly Come Dancing, first as a professional dancer and now a judge. Anton’s popularity even led to him winning the National Television Award for Talent Show Judge earlier this year.

However, in a new interview, Anton has admitted that he sometimes wishes his career took a different path.

Speaking to Gaby Roslin, 58, on her podcast, Anton explained that his thoughts were sparked when he was listening to opera singer Roberto Alagna’s appearance on an old episode of Desert Island Discs.

Anton explained to Gaby: “[Roberto] is a remarkable talent and I was listening to him and his story. I love when somebody has chosen a particular path and, come what may, they stick to their path and eventually they reach their dream.

“And, I suddenly got this sort of heavy heart. 

“I had this feeling of, I wish maybe I had taken a path to being a slightly more dramatic artist. I don’t like to use the word serious artist, a classical artist maybe.”

Going into more detail, Anton says he feels that classical artists are “held in a slightly different realm” and are regarded “differently to somebody who is in the entertainment world”.

The former Big Breakfast host agreed with Anton before he continued: “Sometimes I have this feeling that I wish I’d maybe have gone down that road and been held in a slightly different regard.”

Nevertheless, the dancer went on to say that he doesn’t believe he would have enjoyed the classical industry because he doesn’t like the “fourth wall” and prefers to be “with the audience”. 

He added that the biggest influences in his career were Fred Astaire and late Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth.

Anton has previously spoken about his love for Brucie that spanned from when he was a young boy until the entertainer’s death in 2017.

Speaking about their friendship, Anton said that he felt as if they “were the same person” due to their similar interests and love of entertainment.

He also gushed in The Guardian that working with him on Strictly was the “best thing that ever happened” to him.

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Anton will return to TV screens on Sunday night where the remaining contestants will compete for a place in the 2022 final.

The celebrities left to battle it out are wildlife photographer Hamza Yassin, presenter Helen Skelton, actor Will Mellor, singer Fleur East and Molly Rainford.

This week, the stars will each perform two dances. Among those, Fleur and Hamza will dance the Charleston while Molly and Will perform Paso Dobles. 

The show has been moved to Sunday this week due to the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

It will air live at 7.15pm, with the results show airing the following day on Monday at 8.15.

The big final is expected to take place on Saturday, December 17, where one couple will take home the coveted Glitterball Trophy. 

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