Strictly Come Dancing legend tipped to exit show for ‘his career’ claims expert

Strictly: Vito likens Ellie Leach to a ‘diamond’

Strictly Come Dancing judge Anton Du Beke has been a firm fan-favourite of the popular BBC show since it began nearly two decades ago. However, according to experts, the 57-year-old is most likely to leave the show next.

After spending years as one of the professional dancers, Anton replaced Bruno Tonioli back in 2021. He now sits on the judging panel alongside Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood.

Although he’s only been in the hot seat for a few years, BonusCodeBets claims he’s most likely to depart next. His odds are 2/1 to exit the popular series.

His co-stars Shirley and Motsi have odds of 5/2 and 3/1 to leave with Craig standing at 5/1. Touching on Anton’s potential exit, PR expert Rochelle White claimed it would be good for his career.

She said to Daily Star: “If he is looking to leave there could be a number of reasons such as needing a change. A new opportunity presented or even a career break, to figure out what he wants to do moving forward.”

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For now, Anton remains a staple part of the show where he’ll be judging this weekend’s grand finale.

Couple Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola impressed the judges with their two dances in the semi-final last Saturday.

They’re currently second on the leaderboard with a total combined score of 111, putting them five points behind Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin.

However, they were the first duo to land a spot in the grand finale and will compete alongside Layton and Bobby Brazier.

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According to bookies Ladbrokes, the former Coronation Street star is the favourite to be crowned this year’s winner.

Her odds are currently priced at 1/9 to raise the infamous Glitterball, which is the shortest price any celeb has ever been to win the series.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Anything other than an Ellie Leach win next weekend would be a complete miracle as far as the odds are concerned.”

Although not far behind is Layton whose odds stand at 8/1 with Bobby standing as the rank outsider of the trio with odds of 12/1 to win.

Last Saturday, fans watched the remaining contestants tackle two routines as opposed to their usual one dance.

However, they’ll have to take to the dancefloor three times in the final as they do a show dance, a judge’s choice and their favourite dance of the series.

Find out all you need to know about the upcoming Strictly final here.

The Strictly Come Dancing finale airs December 16 on BBC One from 7pm.

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