STRICTLY pro Anton Du Beke has insisted this could be his year to grab the Glitterball trophy – because partner Emma Barton has “got her own teeth”.
The 53-year-old star, who has been twinned with a parade of older ladies for years, told the Radio Times: “I’m very excited about this one.”
He added: “Emma’s tall, gorgeous and talented. She’s an absolute dream and, I’ve got to be honest, younger than I’m used to.”
Then, in a dig at some of his previous partners, he added: “And she’s got her own teeth. That’ll do for me.”
Anton is unaccustomed to being partnered with someone as young as 42-year-old EastEnders star Emma, who plays Honey Mitchell.
He has been paired with 71-year-old Brexit party MEP Ann Widdecombe in 2010, 73-year-old Birds Of A Feather star Lesley Joseph in 2016 and 79-year-old Esther Rantzen in 2004.
Anton said Emma was younger than he was used to[/caption]
Last year, his partner was fashion guru Susannah Constantine.
They were the first couple to be eliminated from the competition after scoring the lowest scoring Samba and Foxtrot in the show’s history.
Anton has only made it to the final twice – coming third with singer Lesley Garrett in 2004 and fourth with TV presenter Katie Derham in 2015.
The longest-serving dancer on the show, he has appeared on all 15 series of Strictly Come Dancing. He lives in Buckinghamshire with wife Hannah Summers and their two-year-old twins George and Henrietta.
The dancers partnership with Susannah Constantine turned out to be a disaster[/caption]
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