He’s been a fan favourite since Strictly Come Dancing first aired in 2004 – and now it seems Anton Du Beke could soon be making the transition from dancer to judge.
The 50-year-old has been hotly tipped to join the judging panel after head judge Len Goodman quit the series last year.
And with six months until the new series airs on BBC One, the search for his replacement intensifies, with Anton said to be the first star invited for a seen test to see how he will fit in on the new panel.
‘Everyone loves Anton and he has been one of the favourites for the job because of his seniority and for being on the show since it started,’ an insider told The Sun.
‘He would be like a younger Len and the transition would definitely be a smooth one. They’ve obviously not ruled out other people but it’s a good sign for Anton.’
Other names tipped to replace Len are some of Strictly’s other professional dancers, including Karen Hardy and Ian Waite.
Previous judge Arlene Phillips is also rumoured to be in the running.
But it is also thought that one of the current judges – Bruno Tonioli, 61, Darcey Bussell, 47, or Craig Revel Horwood, 51 – could be promoted into the head judge role while another person takes their spot on the panel.
Speaking about the rumours on This Morning last month, Anton said coyly: ‘I don’t know! They haven’t decided yet. There’s no rush. The show isn’t back til the end if the year.
‘They are probably going to spend the spring deciding. I think it needs to be a ballroom dancing specialist though.
‘If it were me, I would miss doing the dancing myself. I don’t know how I’d feel about that.’
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