Anton Du Beke Addresses Strictly Come Dancing Buckingham Palace Live Show Reports

The BBC ballroom show could be getting a regal new ballroom during the next series.
Strictly's Anton Du Beke
Strictly's Anton Du Beke
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Strictly Come Dancing judge Anton Du Beke has said it would be “brilliant” if the show headed to Buckingham Palace for an episode, as reports have claimed.

Over the weekend, The Sun claimed the BBC has been invited by the royal family to air a live show from the palace later this year.

Reports suggest either the semi or quarter-final of the series could be broadcast from the residence’s ballroom.

Addressing the claims during an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Monday, Anton said: ”[The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall] have been great fans of the show over the years.

“I would love to say yes. I don’t know about the show, I hope so. I would like to go and have a dance with someone.”

Anton has previously danced in the palace’s ballroom, which was completed in 1855 during the reign of Queen Victoria and features a musicians’ gallery and an organ.

He said: “They have a beautiful ballroom. I have had the great pleasure of dancing in it.

“If it was a true story, it would be brilliant. It would work amazingly. Just imagine the audience members!”

Anton also quipped that he had “heard through the grapevine” that he is Charles and Camilla’s favourite dancer on the show.

In 2017, Camilla featured during the Strictly Christmas special, dancing with judge Craig Revel Horwood and former professional dancer Brendan Cole at Buckingham Palace.

She also made a surprise appearance during the 2020 final, thanking the cast and crew for their work during the pandemic.

Camilla danced with Brendan Cole during a 2017 Strictly Christmas special VT
Camilla danced with Brendan Cole during a 2017 Strictly Christmas special VT
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Anton was recently confirmed as a permanent judge on Strictly after standing in for Bruno Tonioli last year, after he was unable to appear due to US travel restrictions.

Bruno’s exit from the show has since been confirmed, with former professional dancer Anton taking his seat full-time, appearing alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas.

Strictly Come Dancing is returning to BBC One in the autumn. Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.


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