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Strictly’s Anton du Beke announces big change to show’s final


Anton du Beke has announced BBC Strictly Come Dancing was initially set to have four couples in the final this year.

But the Strictly judge told ITV Lorraine today that they had to change it because Robert Webb was forced to pull out.

Anton said: “They are the four best couples on the show.”

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“They are amazing,” said Lorraine.

Anton: “I think, if we were to have a four couple final, as we would have done but unfortunately Robert had to go, this would be your dream final.

“There is going to be a really great semi final and it is going to be really sad for somebody who doesn’t make the final.

“It all depends on the dance they get, and their performances. They are all potential winners. And that is brilliant – that is exactly how it should be. Nobody is going to be good all the time. You are going to have your good moments and your tough moments.

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“Sometimes you are going to be top of the leaderboard, sometimes you are not. And that is exactly how this year has been.”

On Twitter, Ayahyo wrote to Anton: “You are fab, I would have you at my imaginary dinner party as a guest. You know that question who’d you have at your table if you could invite anyone, mine changes alot but you’d be there, dancing between courses”

Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “Rose Ayling-Ellis remains the strong 1/5 favourite to waltz her way to the Strictly crown this year as we reach the semi-final stage, having been odds-on for the glitterball trophy for weeks now. AJ Odudu and John Whaite are a way behind Rose at 7/1 and 9/1 respectively after both struggling with lifts on the dancefloor. And despite wowing the judges at the weekend with his Argentine Tango, Rhys Stephenson is a long way off at 80/1.”

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