Carol Kirkwood gives verdict on Anton’s Strictly judging role ‘Knows what its like

Strictly: Kai Widdrington expects 'competition' with Giovanni

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BBC Breakfast’s meteorologist danced with Pasha Kovalev six years ago on the nation’s favourite dance competition and together, they made it to week seven. Carol is a favourite with Strictly Come Dancing fans and was asked about Anton joining the judging panel after being a professional dancer on the show for 18 series. She said he would be “fabulous” because of his experience. 

Speaking about the time she took to the dance floor, Carol said she “loved it” and it would be an experience she’ll “never forget”. 

“I’ll never regret it but I still find it terrifying and I still don’t know why. 

“Strictly is an amazing programme and I can’t praise it high enough or those that work on it highly enough,” she added. 

As for her thoughts on Anton waggling the score paddles this year, Carol thinks “he’ll be fabulous”. 

“Everyone for starters, loves Anton,” Carol told Radio Times.

“Anton knows exactly what it’s like on that dance floor and he knows how difficult or easy it is depending on your partner’s abilities to train somebody to dance,” she continued. 

Anton is sitting in for Bruno Tonioli this year and will join head judge Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood on the new series starting this September. 

Bruno is unable to travel back and forth from the US where he is also appearing on Dancing With the Stars as a judge. 

Because Anton is a judge this year and Janette Manrara was announced as Zoe Ball’s It Takes Two replacement, the BBC have signed up several new professional dancers. 

World Junior Latin American Champion 2010 and former Dancing With The Stars Ireland professional Kai Widdrington was named first, followed by six-time Latin and Ballroom National Champion in Italy and former Let’s Dance Germany professional Nikita Kuzmin. 

Rigning South African Latin Champion Cameron Lombard will also take part in the 2021 series as well as Polish Open Latin Champion 2014 and winner of BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer 2020, Jowita Przystal.

They join the other professional dancers who have been revealed for the upcoming series: Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, and Giovanni Pernice. 

Gorka Marquez is also returning alongside Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe and Karen Hauer. 

Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones, and Oti Mabuse will also be taking part. 

As for which celebrities will be following in Carol Kirkwood’s shoes, rumours have been circulating. 

According to Shirley, fans are in for a real treat, as she teased: “Just when you thought it couldn’t get better! Let me tell you…”

She couldn’t drop any celebrity names while appearing on The One Show earlier this summer but revealed it will be “a show not to be missed” and added: “This lineup, well, hello!”

Netflix’s Selling Sunset star Christine Quinn teased an upcoming trip to the UK – will she appear on the BBC show? 

Death in Paradise’s Josephine Jobert has also been rumoured as well as former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas. 

Strictly Come Dancing returns this autumn to the BBC. 

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