Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Anton Du Beke praised for doing a ‘great job’ as stand-in Strictly judge

(Ian West/PA)
(Ian West/PA)

Anton Du Beke has been praised for his efforts on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel after being called upon to stand in for Motsi Mabuse.

The professional dancer, who has already been eliminated from the competition after performing with former home secretary Jacqui Smith, acted as a judge for the first time during Saturday’s show.

Mabuse is self isolating after she travelled to Germany following a break-in at her dance school.

TV presenter Richard Osman said he “knew Anton would do a great job”.

“Loving him as a judge,” he added.

Last year’s winner Kelvin Fletcher also tweeted in support of Du Beke, 54.

He wrote: “Loving Anton as a judge! Haha go on lad!”

Presenter and actress Denise Van Outen also praised the dancer.

“I love Anton Du Beke on the judging panel,” she tweeted.

Du Beke gave one perfect score of 10 during the programme to Clara Amfo and Aljaz Skorjanec for their Charleston.

At the beginning of the programme, when asked what sort of judge he would be, he said: “I will endeavour to be much more generous than these guys have been to me over the years, so we should have a lovely night.”

After the programme had aired, Du Beke asked his followers on Twitter: “Well, my loves, how did I do?! Scores please!”

He added: “Such a phenomenal show tonight too, what a joy to judge! Loved it!!!”

Du Beke has remained on Strictly since it first arrived on television screens in 2004.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]