Anton du Beke called out after complaining about dance partner ‘She was a nightmare’

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Strictly Come Dancing professional Anton du Beke, 54, has discussed his earlier days in dancing, branding an ex dance partner a “nightmare” as he constantly complained to his teacher about rivals. The dancer made his admission when asked what mantra he lives by.

Anton explained: “Two things really, something my mum has always said to me growing up and one something my old teacher used to say to me.

“He used to say, ‘Get better’.

“I used to come in for a lesson and he’d say, ‘How did it go at the weekend?’ after a competition somewhere.

“[I’d say] ‘Oh, terrible’.

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“And I used to go like this, ‘She was a nightmare’ – my partner.

“[Or I’d say] ‘It was a terrible result, I can’t understand why he beat me? I was so much better than they are. He beat us.’ Complained about everything.”

He added on the Life and Soul podcast with Emma Forbes: “After a period of time he went, ‘Every week we come in for a lesson and every week you tell me it’s somebody else’s fault.

“‘You’ve never once told me it’s your fault,’ I said, ‘How very dare you’.”

It’s unclear who Anton was referring to, however his best known long-term dance partner is former Strictly pro Erin Boag, 45.

The pair met when she moved from Australia to London to pursue her dance career in 1997.

Within a year, they became a partnership and danced at the Royal Albert Hall.

After years of performing, they turned professional in 2002 and had their first professional competition at the British National Dance Championships in Blackpool.


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The pair were due to perform together again last year as part of their Dance Those Magical Movies tour, but this was postponed due to the coronavirus.

Despite their tour being cancelled, Anton did manage to perform in Strictly Come Dancing, when the series returned back in November.

He took to the dance floor with former Labour MP Jacqui Smith, who became the first celebrity to leave the show.

During the series, Anton stepped in as a temporary replacement for judge Motsi Mabuse, after she had to self-isolate following a trip to Germany.

Following this, Erin called for her dance partner to be a permanent fixture on the show and rethink its current judges.

She said: “Sometimes I think the BBC should listen because I think that the audience really want him to be there.

“They really want him to be there. So hopefully, one day that might happen.”

The current judges are Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Motsi.

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