Anton Du Beke unveils why Maisie and HRVY will always win the Strictly dance-off

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Anton Du Beke may have been one half of the first couple to leave Strictly Come Dancing 2020, but that doesn’t mean his involvement has ceased. During an appearance on Steph McGovern’s Packed Lunch earlier this week, the professional dancer discussed who could find themselves in the final of the competition, and why the “younger” celebrities would be more victorious than their other competitors when it comes to the dance-off. 

Maisie Smith and HRVY are tipped to lift the Glitterball Trophy, as is Bill Bailey following his impressive Paso Doble in week three. 

But it seems, should the EastEnders star or YouTube sensation find themselves with the least public votes, they will be saved by the judges. 

“Who will definitely be in the final do you think?” Host Steph asked. 

“I think the two youngsters will get in the final – HRVY and Maisie because they’ll be difficult to beat in the dance off you see,” Anton replied referencing their young energy. 

“Bill is going tremendously, Ranvir [Singh] is going tremendously.” 

“Don’t name all of them! Don’t be on the fence!” Steph shouted. 

“I was going to go through them all! Max is doing well – he got through last week, love it or hate it, that was terrific so he’s off and running,” the Ballroom dancer explained.

“They are all in with a very good shot! 

“You just don’t want that week  – that Star Wars week or that pastry week as that could be the end,” he said referring to Jason Bell’s departure last weekend and the Great British Bake Off disaster. 

Tonight will be the second time the show is aired live but with no audience. 

Steph added: “I actually genuinely missed you from the show, but you were in the audience this time, weren’t you?” 

“I was but I felt the saddest I’ve ever felt in my whole life,” Anton commented. 

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“Because there aren’t any studio audience of course so the only people in the audience are the couples together around a little table, socially distanced from everyone else and then me…on my own at the back. 

“Sat there going ‘well done everyone’. 

“It’s like saying ‘here you are, come – but you can’t join in’. I sat beautifully; I feel like I should have been remarked on that alone. 

“But it was brilliant, it was a great night,” Anton added. 

While Anton is not competing he is taking part in the group dances. 

There has also been speculation he could be the fourth judge on the panel, as Bruno Tonioli is absent. 

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday night at 7.10pm on BBC One.

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