Strictly news: Judge Anton Du Beke comes under fire for 'snubbing' AJ and Kai

Strictly judge Anton Du Beke under fire for ‘snubbing’ AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington

Anton shared his thoughts on the semi-finalists

Strictly Come Dancing judge Anton Du Beke has come under fire from It Takes Two fans.

They claim he ‘snubbed’ AJ Odudu and partner Kai Widdrington on yesterday’s episode (December 8) of the spin-off show.

Anton, 55, joined host Janette Manrara for a virtual chat about this week’s upcoming semi-finals as speculation mounts over who will waltz away with the coveted Glitterball trophy.

Strictly news: Judge Anton Du Beke comes under fire for 'snubbing' AJ and Kai
Strictly judge Anton was interviewed on spin-off show It Takes two (Credit: BBC)

Who does Anton Du Beke think are the strongest pairings on Strictly?

During the interview, dad-of-two Anton gave his opinion on the strongest pairings left in the competition.

AJ and Kai survived last weekend’s dreaded dance-off, which sent BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker and his dance partner Nadiya Bychkova packing.

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Strictly’s AJ and Kai survived the dance-off last weekend to reach the semi-finals (Credit: BBC)

AJ and Kai join John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice, Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu to compete in this Saturday’s semi-finals.

Anton told former Strictly professional Janette: “The most consistent couple through the whole competition I think has been John and Johannes, followed very closely by Rose and Giovanni. So it’s going to be an epic week.”

Why did viewers think Anton ‘snubbed’ AJ and Kai?

Anton had previously told AJ she would be ‘fine’ after her failed lift attempt on last weekend’s show.

However, many It Takes Two viewers took umbrage at Anton for not mentioning the pair as a consistent couple.

One Twitter user wrote: “I can’t cope with Anton saying John and Johannes and Rose and Giovanni are the most consistent dances, and not even mentioning AJ and Kai, ARE YOU JOKING?”

Meanwhile, another replied: “This! AJ and Kai are only ‘inconsistent’ because the judges have hugely undermarked them.”

After that, a third remarked: “Most consistent dancer John and Johannes? I love them, but Anton, mate, nobody’s been braver than AJ and Kai. I don’t know why it’s so hard for him to praise her.”

Finally, one tweeted: “Tony Beak absolutely snubbing AJ’s consistent excellence? We riot at dawn.”

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However, one agreed with Anton writing: “YES ANTON!! John and Johannes have definitely been the most consistent couple.”

Another added: “Totally agree with Anton. John and Johannes are the most consistent couple this year.”

We think they’re all fab, Anton.

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