Anton Du Beke on Strictly alongside Bruno Tonioli

Strictly: Anton Du Beke to stay on as judge next year as Bruno Tonioli returns?

Craig Revel Horwood suggested a five-judge panel

Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke should remain as a judge next year alongside Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood has said.

Anton, 55, replaced Bruno during this year’s series as Covid-19 travel restrictions prevented the Italian dancer from being a judge on the panel.

However, Craig has now called for Anton to become permanent while Bruno should come back to make a five-judge panel.

Anton Du Beke on Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly fans have loved Anton as a judge this year (Credit: BBC – Photographer: Ray Burmiston)

Anton Du Beke to return to Strictly as a judge next year?

Speaking to MailOnline, Craig said: “I’d love to see Anton stay on permanently and Bruno back. I think that would be good for all of us.

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“Bruno adds something Anton can’t and vice-versa, if you look at it that way, so I think they’ve both got different opinions which I think is perfectly good.”

Craig added: “We could easily have five people on that panel.”

Strictly judges - Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse
Craig suggested a five-judge panel next year on Strictly (Credit: BBC – Photographer: Ray Burmiston)

However, the star said he thinks their “time would be limited because there are only two minutes for the judges to talk”.

But he insisted that they “would make it count”.

Meanwhile, Anton has won over viewers as a judge on this year’s series.

So much so, many people want him to return next year.

Anton Du Beke on Strictly
Anton previously addressed a return to Strictly as a judge (Credit: BBC)

What’s Anton said about returning as a judge?

In November, the dad-of-two addressed whether he would return to Strictly in 2022.

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He told OK Magazine: “I haven’t got anything to say about that because it’s not a decision I can make.

“We’ll leave that until next year I suppose.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One, this Saturday (December 4), at 6:40pm.

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