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Strictly’s Anton Du Beke breaks silence after calls for Bruno Tonioli’s return

Anton Du Beke sat in for Bruno Tonioli last year due to Covid restrictions before becoming a permanent judge on the show

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Strictly Come Dancing’ s Anton Du Beke has broken his silence after fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood called for Bruno Tonioli’s return.

The new judge addressed the comment in a recent interview after Craig said the judging panel was ‘flat’ without Bruno, reports Birmingham Live.

Craig addressed the judging situation after Anton replaced Bruno due to Covid travel restrictions.

Anton will be replaced by Bruno again for the arena tour next year but it is unclear whether he will return as a permanent judge again or not.

Addressing the possibility of returning with Express.co.uk, Anton said: “I don’t know! I haven’t got anything to say because I don’t know what anybody’s thoughts are.

Anton addressed replacement rumours
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“I haven’t got anything to say because I don’t know what anybody’s thoughts are.

“But then there’s no guarantee on anyone is there?”

He explained that it’s a ‘yearly thing’ where the BBC bosses decide whether people are returning to the show or not.

Anton, who started as a Strictly pro, added: “It is a yearly thing with everybody, whether it’s the pros, whether it was the judges, every year, they, you know, they either decide to keep or refresh, I say refresh, change, whatever you want to call it.

“So that’s the way the show’s always been.

“So that wouldn’t be any different regardless of anything.”

Anton also addressed claims that the public vote on the show were ‘fixed’ after Adam Peaty and Katya Jones were voted out.

Craig called for Bruno to return
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He said that since he joined the programme from the beginning there has always been fix claims.

He reiterated that it is the audiences decision as to who wins the show and the judges scores are just guidance.

Anton said it would be ‘pointless’ to fix the show because nothing happens once the celebrity contestants receive the Glitterball trophy.

Bruno couldn’t judge on Strictly due to covid restrictions
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His credibility would be at stake if he marked the dancers unfairly as he mentioned the BBC are just interested in creating an entertaining television show.

He added: “Nobody goes off after Strictly Come Dancing and gets a big recording contract – you get a trophy, you go, ‘thank you very much,’ then you go back to your day job.

“So it’s all a bit of a pointless exercise to fix it.”

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