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Strictly's Anton du Beke reveals he can treat Emma Barton like a 'proper dancer'

The Strictly fan favourite is partnered with the EastEnders star this year

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Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
23 October 2019
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Despite being on Strictly Come Dancing since the show started in 2004, Anton du Beke has never won. However, this year, the professional dancer believes he has a strong chance to land a place in this year's final after being partnered up with EastEnders star Emma Barton. Appearing on The Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast Show on Wednesday, the TV star gushed: "Well, Emma Barnot, who does have a lovely barnet, she's really super to spend time with in the studio because she really does love the dancing. And she's lovely to dance with."

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"She's got a lovely feel about her when she's doing ballroom," he added. "It's really lovely from my perspective, because I can talk to her like a proper dancer as opposed to sort of a sort of student beginner. She's doing tremendously well. And it's really brilliant. She tries everything she wants to. You know, I'm not feeling like I'm making it easy or, oh, I won't do that in my mind thinking I won't do that because remember, I'm doing everything with her and trying everything with her."

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Over the years, Anton has danced with the likes of Judy Murray, Ruth Langsford, Patsy Palmer and Ann Widdecombe. Asked whether he has a strong chance to lift up the glitterball trophy, Anton replied: "Honestly, I think she can go all the way. I do because I think she's amazing. I think she is tremendous."


The 53-year-old dancer, who is promoting his new book, Moonlight Over Mayfair, also shared his delight at being a dad to his two-year-old twins George and Henrietta. "It's the most wonderful, brilliant thing," he shared. "And they're really together. And it's, it's beautiful. And I and I love every second of it. If I honestly if I was younger and wealthier I'd have 50, I'd have hundreds of them. I love it. I love it!"

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