Anton Du Beke opens up on Strictly Come Dancing regret ‘It’s just not enough’October 25, 2021
Strictly: Anton Du Beke says he'd 'like to not score so high'
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Professional dancer Anton Du Beke replaced judge Bruno Tonioli for this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing. Appearing on BBC Breakfast on Monday morning, the former pro praised this year’s celebrity contestants, including the BBC’s own Dan Walker, but admitted he regrets how high some of his scores have been.
Current contestant Dan asked the judge if this year’s performances have been particularly impressive compared to previous Strictly competitions.
Anton explained: “I’ve seen people writing things like, ‘why are the judges scoring so high?’
“And it’s not that the judges are scoring high, it’s just that everybody’s really good. I mean that genuinely.
“This genuinely is the best standard at this point in the competition ever.”
Over the last few weeks, Anton has joined fellow judges Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse in dishing out some generous scores to this year’s couples.
Although notorious stickler Craig Revel Horwood has been less impressed, Anton has handed out several eights, nines and even the odd ten after just five weeks of dancing.
Bake Off winner John Whaite and his partner Johannes Radebe were top of the leaderboard last week, with their Charleston scoring a huge 38.
However, Anton did consider whether his judging had been a little too generous during this year’s outing.
“I would like to not score so high, actually,” he told Dan and co-host Sally Nugent.
He recalled: “Because even I go, ‘that feels a bit high’.
“But then I think to the score I might have given and I think, ‘Well it’s just not enough.’”
“I am having to score those scores because you guys are all doing really, really well.”
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The judge also handed out three nines and two eights to the contestants last week.
He gave his first ten to John and Johannes for their Movie Week Paso Doble, which scored an incredible 39 overall making it the highest scoring dance in the competition so far.
They received another 10 from Anton and Shirley last Saturday, while Craig and Motsi both gave a score of nine.
Meanwhile, BBC newsreader Dan has also been given positive comments after making some significant improvements throughout the competition.
He and his partner Nadiya Bychkova received a respectable 28 for their Viennese Waltz, marking a gradual rise in scores over the last few weeks.
Last week’s lowest scorer was Ugo Monye, who returned to the ballroom with his partner Oti Mabuse after taking a week off training following health concerns.
Ugo and Oti were eliminated after their Rumba received just 20 points, but the remaining celebs and their partners will be back this week for Strictly’s signature Halloween special.
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturdays at 7pm on BBC One.
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