Anton du Beke is 'pert and ready' to take on Strictly Come Dancing judging role covering for Motsi Mabuse

ANTON du Beke says he's "pert and ready" to replace Motsi Mabuse as a judge Strictly Come Dancing.

The Sun revealed the veteran dance professional is stepping into Motsi's shoes as she isolates at home.

She was forced to make an urgent trip to Germany and will now spend two weeks at home.

Anton appeared to be the obvious choice after he was booted out in the first week with former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

Before his new role was announced, Anton was asked if would consider being a judge on podcast Driven Celebrities.

"In a heartbeat," he said.

"I wouldn't hang up the shoes at all, because I love being out in front and performing.

"I do have a bit of time on my hands now, so I don't know of a better way to fill it quite frankly.

"If that opportunity came up, wouldn't it be nice?

"I'm forever pert and ready. I'm starched to an inch of my life, ready for the nod."

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!"

It comes as Nicola Adams and Katya Jones have been forced off the show after the pro dancer tested positive for coronavirus.

Neither of them will be allowed to return to the BBC dance hit after the shocking news – leaving a gaping hole in the line-up.

Strictly’s Rylan Clark-Neal has also been forced to miss two weeks of It Takes Two and his Radio 2 show after contact with coronavirus.

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!"

Confirming The Sun's story today, BBC Strictly tweeted: "We are pleased to announce that the King of Ballroom Anton du Beke is stepping into our judging panel this weekend. Good luck, Anton!"

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