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Strictly Come Dancing 2019 Anton Du Beke hot favourite to replace Darcey Bussell as judge | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

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Anton, 52, who has danced on Strictly Come Dancing with the likes of Ann Widdecombe, 71, and Ruth Langsford, 59, is one of the favourites to replace Dame Darcey Bussell, 49, after the former BBC dance show judge announced earlier today she would not be returning to join the panel later this year.

Following Darcey’s news, Anton isn’t the only contender in the hot seat to join the panel as former professional and New Zealander Brendan Cole is also among the bookies' favourites to become the new judge.

Brendan, 42, revealed early last year Strictly Come Dancing had made the decision not to renew his contract, with the ballroom dancer going on to front his own stage show’s in the last year.

Bookmakers William Hill currently have Anton at 10/1 to fill the position on the panel later this year, with Brendan hot off the mark at 12/1 on their latest odds table.

With a seat to fill on the panel, it seems Darcey’s fellow judges Craig Revel-Horwood, 54, head judge Shirley Ballas, 58, and Bruno Tonioli, 63, could be joined by one of the professional dancers.

Speaking of the odds, William Hill spokesperson, Rupert Adams, said: “It’s like a Western with the good (Anton) & the bad (Brendan) facing off for the big prize and I for one think that Anton will be quickest on the draw.”

After seven years on the show, joining the panel in 2012, Darcey revealed in a statement she is not leaving through any means of disagreement with the BBC.

Speaking of her departure, Darcey said: “It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly.

“I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.

“I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all,” the former ballerina dancer went on to say.

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