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Anton Du Beke 'would return to Strictly as dancer in 2022'

Anton Du Beke 'would return to Strictly as dancer in 2022'
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Anton Du Beke would reportedly be prepared to return to the team of pro dancers on Strictly Come Dancing in 2022 if producers require him to.

Anton Du Beke would reportedly be willing to return to his role as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing next year if required.

The 55-year-old has been part of the ballroom contest since it began in 2004 and after years of speculation as well as a guest turn last year, he has finally stepped up to the judging panel full-time this year.

The move has seen him replace Bruno Tonioli, who is in the US filming Dancing With The Stars - although the arrangement is only expected to last for the current series as Tonioli is expected back in 2022.

A source told The Sun: "Anton is loving his stint as a judge and producers are delighted with the job he's been doing standing in for Bruno. That said Bruno is a one-off and everybody expects to see him back. Producers will then have a tough choice to make.

"If in a year's time Bruno comes back and Anton is invited to return as a dancer he would do it but it would definitely feel a bit weird for him.

"Once you've been a judge and decided who stays and goes it is very tricky to make that step back into the competition and take part against all the other dancers. Anton's a professional so would make the best of the situation but it wouldn't be an easy transition."

The current series of Strictly continues Saturday and Sunday nights on BBC One.

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