Strictly’s Anton du Beke fears BBC could stop his lockdown dance class returning

Anton du Beke is concerned red tape could put a stop to the return of

Anton du Beke is concerned red tape could put a stop to the return of his popular dance classes.

The Strictly Come Dancing favourite announced back in March he is taking his teaching talents online.

Anton followed in the footsteps of many other celebrities offering their skills for free to their fans.

Viewers loved them and urged him to make a return when the second national lockdown was announced.

The professional and his partner Jacqui Smith were the first to be given the boot over the weekend after coming bottom of the leaderboard two weeks in a row.

He cast doubt over more lockdown lessons because of his contract

But he said he isn’t sure if it will be allowed – despite already saying goodbye.

Speaking on the Mirror’s Facebook Live, the 54-year-old said there are plans in place.

He said: “When we were in the first lockdown, I started a YouTube channel and did online classes.

“Now I am out I have to ask the BBC if I can do them as I am contracted as part of the show.

It’s an early finish for Anton this year

“It is something I would like to pursue, especially into next year.”

Anton was first out but he claimed his partner Jacqui would have lasted longer in a regular year.

Their routines failed to impress judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas.

But the dancer was confident had there been 15 couples she would not have been first out.

He wants to run more lessons online for fans

“We had a lovely time, Jacqui and I,” he said, after leaving the show last weekend.

“We had fun every day in the studio, we had a lot of fun and I thought she did wonderfully. Gone too soon, I would say.

“We would have been passing the doble in the next week or two, I think the nation should have seen that!”

Strictly Come Dancing returns this Saturday on BBC1

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