Anton du Beke will join the 'Strictly Come Dancing' judging panel this weekend.

Jacqui Smith and Anton du Beke

Jacqui Smith and Anton du Beke

The 54-year-old pro - who is out of this year's competition after he and Jacqui Smith became the first pair to be elimination - is set for a sensational return to replace Motsi Mabuse, who won't be in the studio as she needs to self-isolate after an "urgent" trip to Germany.

Confirming the news, the official 'Strictly' Twitter account said: "We are pleased to announce that the King of Ballroom Anton du Beke is stepping into our Judging panel this weekend.

"Good luck Anton! (sic)"

The exciting development comes after Motsi revealed on social media yesterday (12.11.20) she had to make an emergency trip to Germany - where she currently lives - this week, and while she is back in the UK now, current government guidelines say she must quarantine for 14 days.

She wrote: "Hi Guys - Earlier this week I needed to travel to Germany for an urgent reason. I will of course be following the UK Government guidelines and self-isolating for 14 days. I'll be watching from home and by the power of technology, should be in your living rooms.

"Watch out though, I'll be doing my own hair and make-up! (sic)"

Motsi's news came just hours after 'Strictly' confirmed Katya Jones had tested positive for coronavirus, meaning she and her celebrity partner Nicola Adams - who made show history this year by becoming the Latin and ballroom programme's first-ever same-sex pairing - have now been axed from the show, because they need to isolate.

Nicola said: "I’m absolutely devastated my 'Strictly' journey has come to an end so soon.

"I had so much more to give and so many people to win this for! But I just want to say a huge thank you to Katya for being the best dance partner anyone could ask for.

"She pushed me way out of my comfort zone and it’s been an incredible experience.

"I’m gutted to be out of the competition but in these unprecedented times and as frustrating as it is, the Covid measures in place are to keep everyone safe, and I’m doing what I can to help.

"I’ll be spending the next 14 days isolating so I’d like to apologise in advance for the ridiculous amount of TikToks I’ll be posting, in my new found free time when I’m not gaming!"

Katya also admitted she is "devastated" to depart the show in such a way.

She said: "Dancing with Nicola has been an absolute inspiration. She's given her all each and every week and we were so excited to create more dances in the competition.

"Of course, I'm devastated to leave this way but I've made a friend for life and loved every moment of this special journey. I’d like to wish good luck to all the remaining couples."


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