Anton Du Beke would have 'heart attack' without Strictly

Anton Du Beke says he would have a "heart attack" if he wasn't on 'Strictly Come Dancing' and has pledged to stay on the BBC ballroom dancing competition for as long as possible

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Anton Du Beke

Anton Du Beke

Anton Du Beke would have a "heart attack" without 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The professional dancer - who has been part of the BBC ballroom dancing competition since the show began in 2004 - can't imagine life without the show and plans to be part of it for as long as possible.

He declared: "I love being part of the show and I'm happy to be part of it in any way I can be. The worst bit is the thought of not being in it at all - I'd have a heart attack. I won't stop doing 'Strictly' ... as long as they keep asking me, I'll still keep being there."

The 47-year-old star admits he would have loved to replace Sir Bruce Forsyth as a presenter, but thinks the new presenting team of Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman - who previously fronted the 'Strictly' results show together - will be do a "great job".

He said: "We are all familiar with them, so it's not as though we've got someone out of the blue.

"I think the great thing about the show is that it always has the great feeling of continuity."

Anton also weighed in Bruce's retirement, saying the iconic TV star will be sorely missing.

He told The Sun newspaper: "We love him and we're going to miss him. I'm disappointed he's retired, but when someone retires it's their decision to do so and it's great.

"I think he said it was quite hard for him to do it. If he's happy with that decision, then I am happy for him."

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