‘He’s a big part of the history of the show!’ Strictly’s Motsi Mabuse gushes that Anton Du Beke will be ‘the cherry on top’ of the judging panel  

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has revealed that Anton Du Beke will be the ‘cherry on top’ of the show’s judging panel.

The dancer said the veteran supporter, who has attended the show since its inception in 2004, is “a huge part of the show’s history”, which makes her a natural fit for the panel.

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Anton will make his official debut on the Strictly Judging Panel in the first live show on Saturday, taking over from Bruno Tonioli, who was forced to miss another series due to COVID travel concerns.

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New Role: Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse reveals Anton Du Beke will be the ‘cherry on top’ of the show’s judging panel

Speaking in a Q&A on Tuesday, Motsi said: ‘I think he’ll bring so much to the panel because everyone knows he’s a huge part of the show’s history and he’ll just be the cherry on top! ‘

Anton’s guest appearance as a judge last year drew rave reviews for Bruno and Motsi, who were unable to film in London during the coronavirus pandemic.

He proved to be a hit with audiences after standing up for the South African dancer, who was in isolation for 14 days, after going home to his dance school in Germany for being ‘targeted’.

New job: The veteran pro (pictured during Saturday's launch), said dancer, is 'a huge part of the show's history,' which makes her a natural fit for the panel

New job: The veteran pro (pictured during Saturday’s launch), said dancer, is ‘a huge part of the show’s history,’ which makes her a natural fit for the panel

Viewers called for Anton to be a permanent judge on the show, and The Mail on Sunday reported at the time that Anton hoped his role on the panel could lead to a full-time position.

Friends of Anton also stated that he had been looking forward to playing the judge ‘for quite some time’ and was disappointed when outsiders were brought in, meaning fans were thrilled when it was announced that he would be on the panel. Will land at a permanent place.

Maotsi said she is “super excited” to be back on the judging panel for the third series, as she finally feels “settled” on the show.

She said: ‘I love the preparation. I like everything that happens behind the camera but what happens in front of the cameras. Surprise, growth, laughter, weeping – all this.’

she's back!  Maotsi said she is

she’s back! Maotsi said she is “super excited” to be back on the judging panel for the third series, as she finally feels “settled” on the show.

Motsi added that following the challenges of the COVID pandemic, a great feel-good show like Strictly becomes more important than ever.

She said: ‘I think while we have to learn to live with the virus, we should also remember to take care of ourselves and enjoy the good times in our lives when we can.’

The dancer, who is the sister of Strictly pro Oti Mabuse, also offered her thoughts on this year’s Strictly lineup, ahead of the first live show this weekend.

She said: ‘I knew about Adam Peaty because I loved his performance at the Olympics. I also know about Judy Love because I am a huge fan.

‘It’s always very exciting for me to be on this show because I’m always discovering new people as someone who comes from Germany. He is just a great artist this year.

Strictly Come Dancing airs its first live show on Saturdays at 7:00 pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

it's almost here!  Strictly Come Dancing airs its first live show on Saturdays at 7:00pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

it’s almost here! Strictly Come Dancing airs its first live show on Saturdays at 7:00pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

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