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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Motsi Mabuse: There is no fallout with Anton Du Beke

Anton Du Beke was tipped to fill the judging role after Darcey Bussell quit.

Motsi Mabuse, one of the judges for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing (Ray Burmiston/BBC)
Motsi Mabuse, one of the judges for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing (Ray Burmiston/BBC)

By Sherna Noah, PA Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Motsi Mabuse says there is no bad blood with Anton Du Beke after she landed the Strictly Come Dancing judging role.

Du Beke was tipped as a favourite to sit alongside Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood when Darcey Bussell quit.

Asked about her relationship with Du Beke, Mabuse, 38, told ITV show Lorraine: “It’s been fine… We’ve known Anton for quite a while.

“I met him and he’s such a gentleman. I don’t think it’s anything personal at all. Everyone gets to shine in their different ways”.

Professional dancer Du Beke, 53, has landed EastEnders actress Emma Barton as his Strictly partner this year.

And Mabuse said she had high hopes for the pair, adding: “This is going to be beautiful.”

She said of her judging her sister Oti: “I’m going to judge her like any other dancer….

“Being extra hard or giving her extra points would be disrespectful to what she has achieved and I never want to do that.”

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