Neil Jones talks Anton du Beke’s uncertain Strictly future ‘They know what they’re doing’

Strictly Come Dancing skilled Neil Jones, 38, has spoken out on Anton du Beke, 54, and the uncertainty surrounding his position on the BBC show. Speculation about whether or not Anton would stay a part of the programme’s staff {of professional} dancers mounted when the King of Ballroom briefly joined the judging panel final 12 months.

Anton hold up his dancing sneakers and took Motsi Mabuse’s seat after she was unable to guage on the show for 2 weeks, as an emergency journey to Germany meant she needed to self-isolate upon her return to the UK.

Following Anton’s success as a decide, Neil has admitted he’s uncertain whether or not he’ll develop into a everlasting member of the panel for 2021, or if Bruno Tonioli will make his comeback as a substitute.

When quizzed on whether or not Bruno may return after he was pressured to step again from Strictly 2020 because of coronavirus journey restrictions within the US, Neil revealed: “I do not know. 

“Anton was unbelievable and Bruno is at all times hilarious. But once more all of it comes all the way down to COVID.

“If we nonetheless have an identical state of affairs subsequent 12 months you by no means know. 

“They would possibly flip round and say: ‘Anton, we’re going to make you the fourth decide.’”

After hinting that Anton’s position on the show depends upon the impression of the pandemic, the ballroom and Latin dancer addressed whether or not or not Anton would settle for if he was provided a permeant place as a decide.

Neil defined: “Anton liked it however Anton additionally loves dancing and he loves being within the group dances with all of us.”


Despite the doubt surrounding Anton’s position on Strictly, Neil insisted he and his fellow dancers belief the producers fully.

He continued to Entertainment Daily: “We all belief within the manufacturing workers as a result of 12 months after 12 months they win awards, the numbers are going up, folks love the show, in order that they know what they’re doing.

“So we keep on with the dancing and we allow them to keep on with the manufacturing facet.”

It comes after Anton hinted he may very well be keen to surrender his time on the Strictly dance flooring to develop into a full-time decide. 

The star admitted he’s now getting “uninterested in competing” following his stint on the panel.

He revealed: “As I’ve received older, I don’t prefer to compete now, funnily sufficient. 

“If I’m taking part in in opposition to any person in golf then I like that.

“I don’t like match-play as I don’t need to be that aggressive anymore.

“I’m like, ‘If you win then I don’t thoughts…’ I’ve been down that highway.”

Anton additionally shared his vow to not resort to being nasty to Strictly Come Dancing hopefuls.

He stated on Paul McKenna’s podcast: “I’m not one among these individuals who says one thing merciless, then says, ‘I’m solely joking’. 

“They’re essentially the most annoying on this planet. I’m not imply, you see.”

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