Why did Anton Du Beke threaten to quit Strictly, who is his 2019 celebrity partner and is he married?

Why did Anton Du Beke threaten to quit Strictly, who is his 2019 celebrity partner and is he married?

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ANTON Du Beke reportedly threatened to QUIT Strictly Come Dancing after he lost out on a judging role, which was passed over to Oti Mabuse’s sister Motsi.

Here’s everything you need to know about the dancing star and his wife Hannah Summers…

Anton Du Beke is back for this year’s Strictly

Why did Anton Du Beke threaten to quit Strictly Come Dancing?

Anton Du Beke reportedly threatened to quit the popular BBC show after learning that Motsi Mabuse had been appointed as a new judge – a position he had hoped to receive.

Apparently, Anton had been keen to win the new role and became irritated over the fact he’d been overlooked in favour of the South African dancer.

He’d told close friends that he would walk away from his job unless bosses handed him “an enhanced” role on the show this year in a bid to keep him happy.

 Motsi previously worked on Germany's version of Strictly, Just Dance
Motsi previously worked on Germany’s version of Strictly, Just Dance

A source told The Sun on Sunday: “Anton has gone out of his way to make it known he wanted the job on the judging panel ever since Darcey Bussell left.

“He felt if they recruited within the Strictly family, it should be him. And despite not doing a screen test for the role, he still really thought he had a chance.

“As far as he was concerned, appearing on Strictly for 15 series has been his screen test.

“So when the news broke that Motsi was the new judge, he was livid. And he claimed he would quit unless the Strictly bosses gave him an ‘enhanced’ position.

“It was a real snub to his pride, especially as this is the second time he’s been overlooked.”

His frustration also comes from the fact that he already did a screen test for show bosses in 2017 as they searched for a replacement for Len Goodman.

It was Shirley Ballas, however, who ended up getting the head judge seat instead.

And in 2018, Anton was booted out of the series in week one.

Who is Eanton Du Beke’s Strictly Come Dancing partner?

Given Anton’s track record with soap stars, there was every possibility the veteran dancer could be partnered with Emma.

He was previously paired with former EastEnders actress’ Patsy Palmer and Gillian Taylforth, in the third and sixth series.

We hit the nail on the head with our prediction as he and the soap star were partnered up.

Anton has also worked with a string of TV stars, including Laila Rouass and Lesley Joseph.

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Who is Anton Du Beke’s wife Hannah Summers?

Anton and Hannah started dating in 2009 after meeting at a golf club.

Hannah, 43, was the head of telecommunications firm AdaptiveMobile Security Ltd at the time.

In 2016, Anton hinted he was ready to tie the knot with her, and said: “She’s just perfect. I love her above all things. Will we marry? Maybe next year. We’re very happy.”

Anton surprised fans everywhere by secretly getting hitched to his long-term love.

The couple sparked rumours they’d tied the knot after Hannah, wore an engagement ring and wedding band during the first day of Chelsea Flower Show.

The Strictly stalwart’s spokesman later confirmed they had indeed got married on the quiet following the birth of their twins.

Has Anton Du Beke released an album?

Anton released his debut album From The Top on November 24, 2017.

He has collaborated with singers including Connie Fisher, Hayley Sanderson and The Overtones for the collection of 17 cover versions.

These include modern hits I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor mixed up with Blue Moon and Dean Martin hit, That’s Amore.

When were Anton Du Beke’s twins born?

Hannah and Anton became parents to a little boy and a little girl, names George and Henrietta on March 30, 2017,.

The pair were expecting the babies to arrive on April 4 but despite arriving nearly a week early Anton had assured fans that the twins and the new mum were all fine.

Anton announced the arrivals with a cute Instagram post of a top hat and cane framing two pairs of baby dancing shoes – one with blue bows and one with pink.

When he spoke about the pregnancy on Lorraine, Anton was presented with matching glittery bibs for his twins – one bright pink and one bright blue.

He appeared to love the gift and told Lorraine: “We’re thinking of the names Antoine and Antoinette! I hope my kids are as camp as I am.”

The pair conceived through IVF, and his adorable children made their TV debut when they were two-years-old during his Anton du Bake’s Baking Fails segment on This Morning in May, 2019.

 Anton, pictured with Ruth Langsford, told close pals he would walk away from his job unless bosses gave him 'an enhanced role'
Anton, pictured with Ruth Langsford, told close pals he would walk away from his job unless bosses gave him ‘an enhanced role’

Who is Anton Du Beke?

Anton Du Beke, 53, is a British ballroom dancer and television presenter.

He is best known for his work as a professional dancer on BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing and has been on the show since its 2004 beginnings.

It was reported he was upset that, after being on the show from the beginning, that he wasn’t considered for the head judge role when Len Goodman quit last year.

Anton has also appeared on various other TV shows, including The Underdog Show, Step Up to the Plate, Hole in the Wall and Victoria Wood’s Midlife Christmas.

Before his professional dancing career was launched, Anton had humble beginnings as a salesman; he now lives in Buckinghamshire.

What time is Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on?

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its 17th series on BBC One on September 7, 2019.
However, the show kicked off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.
The live shows begin on Saturday, September 21, with the results airing the following day on Sundays.

Strictly continues on BBC One on 7pm and you can get the FULL celebrity line-up here.

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