Strictly Come Dancing star Trent Whiddon revaled Anton du Beke is almost certainly going to replace Len Goodman, 72, as the head judge on the show. This came after Goodman announced his decision to quit, suggesting the names of Beke and Karen Hardy to replace him.
“It isn’t official yet, but it may as well be – it’s long been virtually guaranteed that Anton will fill any gaps on the judging panel,” the Mirror Quoted Whiddon, who partnered with Pixie Lott in 2014, as saying at the Breakfast At Tiffany’s gala night in London on Tuesday. “He’s such a big part of the family and viewers love him, so BBC bosses know there’s no risk of it not working out.”
He added, “The time is right and it’s a done deal.”
He also said that Deke has reached 50 years and so his dancing is also slowing down. Goodman himself has backed the professional dancer to take his place after he quits next year.
“It would be nice if Anton or Karen Hardy took over – someone from the world of ballroom rather than stage or theatre dancing,” he said.
He added, “Anton would be perfect to take over from me if the time comes and I’m too dithery to carry on – or if they decide they’ve had enough of me.”
Rumors have been circulating about who would take up the role of the head judge after Goodman ever since he announced that the upcoming season of Strictly Come Dancing will be his “swan song” as he retires next year.
Beke has been a part of the show since 2004 and has won hearts by delivering hilarious routines, the Sun reported. He partnered with as Ann Widdecombe, and together made it to the quarter-finals. Though he managed to reach the finals with Katie Derham, they were defeated by The Wanted’s Jay McGuinness and Aliona Vilani by a small margin.
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