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Strictly Come Dancing 2019 – will Anton dance or judge?

July 21st, 2019 Home, Media & Journalism, News & Events, Showbiz, Television

Anton Du Beke has emerged as favourite to become the new judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

Dame Darcey Bussell stepped down from her role as judge on BBC’s flagship show, after six years on the judging panel – meaning there is a spot vacant alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Shirley Ballas.

Since Bussell announced her departure a host of names have been linked, including Cuban ballet legend Carlos Acosta, dancer turned soap star Bonnie Langford and former Fresh Prince star Alfonso Ribeiro – who has appeared as a guest judge on the show.

But the hugely popular Du Beke is the current favourite – having been with the show since the first series, and is now the only professional to have appeared in each series, and as it stands will compete as a pro dancer if he is not promoted to the judges panel.

Du Beke was strongly linked to replace Len Goodman – who was the last judge to leave the show, before Ballas took over as head judge, but now he is the Bookmakers favourite at 2/1.

Looking ahead to 2019 – and the contestants are still not known, with the previous confirmed participant Chris Evans pulling out.

Of those rumoured to be taking part, firm favourite at 3/1 is Tennis great Sir Andy Murray – whose mother Judy made a huge impact 2014.

OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “Strictly fever is about to kick-in, but this year there is something extra to think about with the new judge.

“Anton is hugely popular, and the question is whether the Beeb want to lose him from their dancing squad – but he is being backed heavily at 2/1, although Carlos Acosta is close at 3/1.

“We are also yet to find out the competitors, but the public are getting excited by the rumours of Andy Murray following in his mother’s dancing steps.”

Selected Strictly Come Dancing 2019:

To win:
Andy Murray 3/1
Bradley Simpson 8/1
Una Healy 10/1
Vince Cable 10/1
Michelle Visage 16/1
Chris Evans 50/1
Sam Allardyce 100/1
Theresa May 100/1

To be judge:
Anton du Beke 2/1
Carlos Acosta 3/1
Arlene Phillips 6/1
Bonnie Langford 8/1
Karen Hardy 10/1
Helen Richey 10/1
Julianne Hough 10/1
Erin Boag 12/1
Ian Waite 12/1
Caroline Flack 12/1
Oti Mabuse 12/1
Alfonso Ribeiro 12/1
Carrie Ann Inaba 12/1
Etta Murfitt 16/1
Mark Ballas 16/1
Joanne Clifton 20/1
Tristan McManus 20/1
Alesha Dixon 20/1
Brendan Cole 20/1
Ola Jordan 25/1
Pasha Kovalev 25/1
Vincent Simone 50/1
Len Goodman 50/1
Kate Bush 50/1
Stacey Dooley 50/1
Cheryl Tweedy 50/1
Benazir Hussain 50/1
Betty Laine 50/1

*Odds correct at time of writing

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