Strictly’s Anton du Beke shares advice Len Goodman gave him before judging debut
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Strictly Come Dancing 's Anton du Beke has revealed the amazing advice Len Goodman gave him before he made his judging debut.
Anton stepped onto the panel for the first time ever on Saturday night after 16 years of performing for the judges.
Anton, who has already bowed out of the BBC contest this year with Jacqui Smith, stepped in to replace judge Motsi Mabuse after she was forced to self-isolate.
Speaking about his stint on today's This Morning, he told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: "I enjoyed it enormously, I can't tell you, I absolutely loved every second.
"I felt comfortable, it's not like I haven't got any experience in talking about dancing.
Anton made his judging debut on Saturday
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"It was lovely to be able to sit there and enjoy the dancing and comment on all the things I loved about it."
Anton joked that the only thing he had to be nervous about was getting his point across in such a short time.
When asked about the advice former judge Len Goodman gave him, Anton revealed: "Len's wonderful, I've known him 40 years ever since I started dancing.
He made it onto the panel after 16 years
Len gave him some advice
(Image: BBC/Guy Levy)
"He gave me the same advice he gave himself: be yourself and say what you see, and I did exactly that.
"I thought I've got a bit of experience here I should know what I'm looking at.
"I just remarked at what I saw and enjoyed about those performances."
Anton, who will be judging again this weekend, joked that it was actually a lot easier than taking part in the contest is.
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Anton loved every second
He said: "It's a lot less stressful than doing the movey bit, the talky bit was a lot less stressful than the movey bit.
"I've got this weekend again then I'll go back to sitting in my seat in the audience."
Speaking about the show's first same-sex couple Nicola Adams and Katya Jones having to leave the contest after Katya tested positive for coronavirus, Anton admitted it was something they had all been worried about.
He explained: "It's a shame.
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Anton had been paired with Jacqui Smith
"They were dancing together really wondrfully.
"With coronavirus, it was one of those things we hoped wouldn't happen but I think everyone knew that at some point in the series someone would go down with it."
* This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV