Anton Du Beke has been a family favourite on Strictly Come Dancing since its inception back in 2004. The dancer has never won the show but last year he came very close with EastEnders actress Emma Barton. New odds have revealed Anton could once again make it into the 2020 final of the BBC show but is this finally the year he will win?
Strictly Come Dancing bosses have revealed the show must go on this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has been sweeping the globe.
The bosses recently announced they would be keeping a very close eye on government advice and guidelines, but for now, the BBC show will continue as normal.
Last year, viewers voted for Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher to lift that illustrious Glitterball trophy with his professional dancing partner Oti Mabuse.
The professional dancers have now been announced, and fans are patiently waiting to see which celebrities will be taking part, but could Anton Du Beke already be looking at a Strictly win at last?
Anton has never managed to win with his celebrity partners, but last year he got pretty close with Emma Barton.
The pair wowed the judges throughout, but they were pipped to the post by Kelvin and Oti.
Coral bookmakers, however, have slashed Anton’s odds suggesting this will be his year.
Anton du Beke is the current favourite to win after the bookies cut the odds from 6/1 all the way to 4/1.
The news comes after Strictly professionals Kevin Clifton and AJ Pritchard announced they were leaving the show for good to pursue other projects.
Strictly judge Shirley Ballas recently joined Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning to talk about the future of the show after it was announced a number of BBC shows had been suspended because of the ongoing coronavirus panic.
Shirley explained: “I spoke to Sarah, the executive producer, throughout the week.
“Of course you definitely don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, but I know they will definitely do everything in their power, if it’s conceivably possible, they will get that show on the air by September.
“So, it’s fingers crossed, let’s see how we go day to day. But I know they understand it’s an important show for the nation, and I think people will be ready for that come the winter months.
“Fingers crossed, if everyone self-isolates and we all do what we’re supposed to do then there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be up and running by the end of the year.”
BBC bosses are reportedly set to release the celebrity line-up in the summer but the pandemic has reportedly resulted in stars refusing to commit to Strictly while the UK remains in lockdown.
A Strictly Come Dancing source told The Sun: “We are taking things one day at a time at the moment. The situation is not yet urgent as we still have – for now – time.
“But there are talks ongoing about how we would cope with different scenarios. Many of our preparations for the series – such as casting dancers and working on choreography – can be done virtually if needed.”
Strictly Come Dancing is set to return on BBC One later this year.