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BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke unveils surprise Liverpool link that sparked outrage


Nov 14, 2023

Anton Du Beke unveiled his special connection to Liverpool during an entertaining show in the city last night.

The Strictly Come Dancing judge thrilled the audience at the Philharmonic Hall on Monday for an An Evening with Anton du Beke. The 57-year-old channelled his hero, Bruce Forsyth, to command the grand stage on a night of old-school variety entertainment.

Anton was joined on stage by special guest singer, Lance Ellington, and a live band for a night of singing of dancing that earned him a standing ovation at the end of the show. Anton took questions from members of the audience during the show as he regaled the crowd with tales from his legendary career in showbiz.

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One audience asked Anton to elaborate on his appearance on A Question Of Sport as it sparked outrage since it broke tradition as the dancer is not from a sports background. However, Anton more than proved he deserved his place on the show as he showed off his wide ranging-sporting knowledge. Reading, Basingstoke, Berkshire

Although Anton hails from Sevenoaks in Kent, the Merseyside crowd gave a round of applause when Anton revealed his passion for sports was sparked by his love for Liverpool FC when he was growing up in the 70s.

He said: "I was a mad keen Liverpool supporter and I'm not just saying that. I remember when the old European cup was on the Wednesday and Liverpool were in the European cup.

"I had a dance class on a Wednesday. I had to run home from this dance class in 1977 to watch Liverpool play Borussia Monchengladbach in Kevin Keegan's last game for the club.

"We used to love it when I was growing up and sport was everything for us growing up." Anton told the Liverpool crowd he always loves visiting the city and hailed the late, great Len Goodman as an honorary Scouser because of his sense of humour.

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