Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Anton Du Beke FINALLY takes his place as a permanent judge on the panel… but some are unimpressed with his overzealous scoring  

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Anton Du Beke takes his place as a permanent judge on the Strictly Come Dancing panel on Saturday night, 17 years after he first joined the show.

The 55-year-old dancer, who replaced Bruno Tonioli, who was unable to travel from the US to the UK, was pleased to criticize the new line-up of celebrities for the series’ first live show.

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And while some viewers were glad to see that Anton finally got a chance to be a judge, others weren’t impressed by his eclectic scoring.

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Judge! Anton Du Beke finally took his place as a permanent judge on the Strictly Come Dancing panel on Saturday night, 17 years after joining the show.

Anton’s most common high score was seven, which he gave to Rhys Stephenson, Dan Walker, Greg Wise and Nina Wadia. He also hit four sixes off Rose Aisling Ellis, Katie McGlynn, Robert Webb and Judy Love.

He scored eight runs to John White and Adam Peaty, while he conceded nine to AJ Odudu.

Anton, who was the longest-serving professional and has appeared on the show since its debut in 2004, has now become a permanent fixture on the judging panel, and viewers took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

One fan said: ‘Anton du Beke is doing a great job as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing tonight,’ while another swooped in: ‘To me, the star of the show is Silver Fox which is Anton Du Beke. ‘

Changing roles: The 55-year-old dancer, who replaced Bruno Tonioli, appeared pleased to criticize the new line-up of celebrities

Changing roles: The 55-year-old dancer, who replaced Bruno Tonioli, appeared pleased to criticize the new line-up of celebrities

Different work: And while some viewers were happy to see Anton get a chance to judge, others weren't impressed by his eclectic scoring.

Different work: And while some viewers were happy to see Anton get a chance to judge, others weren’t impressed by his eclectic scoring.

Reaction: One fan said: 'Anton du Becé is doing a great job as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing tonight,' while another swooped in: 'To me, the star of the show is Silver Fox'

Reaction: One fan said: ‘Anton du Becé is doing a great job as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing tonight,’ while another swooped in: ‘To me, the star of the show is Silver Fox’

A third onlooker shouted: ‘I know he did a couple of weeks last year but it’s like Anton has been on the panel for years.’

While the fourth typed: ‘Great to see Anton on the panel. And it’s always nice to see Craig!’

However, other viewers thought that Anton was too generous with his score.

Replaced: Anton replaced Bruno (pictured) last year, and is taking his seat this year as well, as he is unable to travel from the US to the UK amid COVID restrictions.

Replaced: Anton replaced Bruno (pictured) last year, and is taking his seat this year as well, as he is unable to travel from the US to the UK amid COVID restrictions.

Back When: Anton was the longest-serving professional and has appeared on the show since its 2004 debut;  Picture with Kate Garraway in 2007

Back When: Anton was the longest-serving professional and has appeared on the show since its 2004 debut; Picture with Kate Garraway in 2007

A less pleased fan wrote: ‘Anton du Beke should not have passed his performance review as a judge. Shockingly bad.’

Another typed: ‘Anton du Beke. I’m strictly in love but can’t stand the man. He is going silent last night.

‘Anton du Beke would have loved any old s**t. One could stay on the floor for three minutes doing the Macarena and he would give it a 7’ wrote another.

Unaffected: however, other viewers thought Anton was too generous with his score.

Unaffected: however, other viewers thought Anton was too generous with his score.

In the series’ first live show on Saturday, 32-year-old John White and 34-year-old Johannes Radebe danced as the BBC competition’s first male pair.

AJ Odudu and Kai Widdington also earned a first nine from head judge Shirley for the debut dance, reaching the top of the leaderboard with 34 points out of 40 after DJ Fresh hit their jaw-dropping Gold Dust.

The stunned Anton said: ‘Almost as good as we’ve ever seen! We just got into week 9 or something, not much to say except that he was absolutely remarkable, absolutely fantastic.’

Fleeting: In the series' first live show on Saturday, 32-year-old Jon White and 34-year-old Johannes Radebe dance as the BBC competition's first all-male pair

Fleeting: In the series’ first live show on Saturday, 32-year-old Jon White and 34-year-old Johannes Radebe dance as the BBC competition’s first all-male pair

Amazing: AJ Odudu and Kai Widdington also earned a first nine from Head Judge Shirley for Debut Dance, with their jaw-dropping jive to Gold Dust by DJ Fresh

Amazing: AJ Odudu and Kai Widdington also earned a first nine from head judge Shirley for their first dance, with their jaw-dropping jive…

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