STRICTLY’S Anton Du Beke has revealed he’s “honoured and overwhelmed” to fill in for Mosti Mabuse as she isolates after an urgent trip to Germany.
The show veteran beamed with delight as he appeared on tonight’s It Takes Two with host Gethin Jones.
Strictly’s Anton Du Beke will step in for Motsi Mabuse this weekend
He said: “I’m thrilled, honoured overwhelmed. I love the show so much and to be a part of it since the beginning, the only one left, it just fills my heart with joy.
“To be asked to fill in is the biggest compliment.”
The Sun revealed the veteran dance professional is stepping into Motsi’s shoes as she isolates at home for two weeks.
He appeared on tonight’s It Takes Two
Anton appeared to be the obvious choice after he was booted out in the first week with former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
Before his new role was announced, he was asked if would consider being a judge on podcast Driven Celebrities.
“In a heartbeat,” he said.
Anton du Beke is ready to sit on the judging panelCredit: BBC
Motsi Mabuse will miss two live Strictly shows as she isolates after making an urgent trip to GermanyCredit: Rex Features
“I wouldn’t hang up the shoes at all, because I love being out in front and performing.
“I do have a bit of time on my hands now, so I don’t know of a better way to fill it quite frankly.
“If that opportunity came up, wouldn’t it be nice?
“I’m forever pert and ready. I’m starched to an inch of my life, ready for the nod.”
Motsi announced her forced break from the show on Twitter last night.
She wrote: “Hi Guys – Earlier this week I needed to travel to Germany for an urgent reason. I will of course be following the UK Government guidelines and self-isolating for 14 days. I’ll be watching from home and by the power of technology, should be in your living rooms.
Strictly bosses confirmed The Sun’s storyCredit: BBC
“Watch out though, I’ll be doing my own hair and make-up!”
It comes as Nicola Adams and Katya Jones have been forced off the show after the pro dancer tested positive for coronavirus.
Neither of them will be allowed to return to the BBC dance hit after the shocking news – leaving a gaping hole in the line-up.
Strictly’s Rylan Clark-Neal has also been forced to miss two weeks of It Takes Two and his Radio 2 show after contact with coronavirus.
Anton was booted out in the first week with partner Jacqui Smith
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