Anton Du Beke: ‘If all goes ahead’ Strictly star on fears about 2020 show amid coronavirus

Anton Du Beke, 53, appeared on Saturday Kitchen alongside host Matt Tebbutt, chefs Freddy Forster and Adam Byatt and drinks expert Helen McGinn, last week and dished the gossip about his success on last year’s Strictly Come Dancing. Anton was partnered with EastEnders actress Emma Barton, and the pair came third in the competition – the highest place Anton has ever taken since he joined the show in the very first series.

This year’s Strictly, all being well and if it all goes ahead, it’s going to be so exciting moving into it

Anton Du Beke

“Emma was a delight,” he exclaimed, as he dramatically flung his arms open wide.

“She was amazing and talented and everything you’d want her to be… hardworking.

“I was delighted for her to get all the way to the final, because you get the whole experience.

Whilst singing her praises, Anton got sentimental about their dance routines, gushing over the memories.

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“I think we put together some really good routines and I think they’re some of my favourites I’ve ever done.”

The Ballroom and Latin dancers were huge fan-favourites and the pair never found themselves in the bottom two.

Moving on to talk about the pair’s incredible night at Blackpool, where they walked away with Anton’s first ever 10 – and not one, but TWO 10s – he was as ecstatic as if it was happening all over again.

“Let’s talk about the 10s!” he exclaimed.

“10s and Blackpool – it’s the perfect weekend!

“It’s like watching you cook, it’s like perfection,” he said to Matt, giggling.

But whilst the King of Ballroom was thinking back to the last series, the 2020 show is just around the corner – so we hope.

Anton briefly mentioned his excitement for the upcoming program, but expressed some doubt as to whether it would actually go ahead.

“This year’s Strictly, all being well and if it all goes ahead, it’s going to be so exciting moving into it.”

Anton’s doubts come as the UK has been placed on lockdown following government advice, in a bid to eradicate the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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COVID-19 has rapidly spread around the world, migrating from China in the Wuhan province, there have been severe cases reported in Europe, Asia and the US.

As the death toll rises, many countries have put in place stringent measures to try and halt the number of confirmed cases increasing every day.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s tougher measures only allow members of the public to go outside for food shopping, medical or care needs, exercise and to get to and from work where “absolutely necessary”.

It comes after many didn’t adhere to the numerous strict warnings to stay inside, while the virus continues to spread around the nation.

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Many TV shows have cancelled or halted production so as to avoid large gatherings of people in one area – a hotbox for the virus to pass from person to person.

Among shows that have been cancelled due to coronavirus are ITV’s The Voice UK, who’s live shows have been postponed until further notice, Loose Women and Lorraine who were taken off-air in order to “protect” daily news program Good Morning Britain and This Morning.

Whether Strictly will take place this year is still to be confirmed, with the PM reviewing the UK’s lockdown situation every three weeks.

Saturday Kitchen continues with new guests Saturday at 10am on BBC.

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