Anton vows Strictly return after bowing out with Ruth
Disappointed: Anton and Ruth STRICTLY Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke insisted this series would not be last after he enjoyed one last dance with his celebrity partner Ruth Langsford.
Langsford — who is married to Belfast-born broadcaster Eamonn Holmes — and Du Beke were voted off the show at the weekend after losing out in the dance-off to Paralympian Jonnie Peacock and partner Oti Mabuse.
But the professional dismissed reports this series would be his last, telling ITV’s Loose Women yesterday: “No, never, never, never, never, never.
“Even if they don’t ask me back, I’m still turning up.”
Du Beke added he was sad he and Ruth had been booted off the BBC One show.
“I was very, very disappointed because I thought we had more weeks in us, but it’s so final,” he explained.
“When they go, ‘Thank you very much, we don’t want you anymore’, that’s it — you can’t just creep back into the studio because it’s the end.
“They pull the rug out from under your feet.”
Ruth and Anton also reflected on their dramatic fall at the end of a Paso Doble earlier this month, when they lost their footing and Du Beke fell backwards — and Langsford clambered on top of him.
The couple’s week eight exit came just days before the show moves to the glittering Tower Ballroom in Blackpool this weekend.
Langsford told Loose Women: “I was trying to cover his embarrassment that he was the professional dancer that had fallen and not me.
“I thought, ‘I will just get on top and just cover him so that he won’t be embarrassed’.”
Du Beke added: “It was a beautiful moment and I loved it. And as I’m lying on the floor, suddenly the room went a bit dark. I thought, ‘Oh, you’re going to hate watching this back’.
“There is a lovely photograph from the end of the room of us on the floor.
“My arms are out like this and all you see are my feet.”
The pair also danced together for the last time, with Du Beke taking Langsford for a spin around the television studio while the Loose Women team held up panels to give them scores of 10.
After his wife’s weekend exit from Strictly, Holmes took to social media to share the bittersweet news with his almost one million followers on Twitter.
“Well it’s Strictly over and my darling Ruthie has no complaints,” the television presenter posted.
“Thanks to the support of you amazing folk, she had an amazing run with an amazing partner.
“I am feeling a lot of love for her out there, but I am also looking forward to having my wife and our life back.”
Langsford has praised her husband for supporting her during her stint on the programme and said that he and her son, Jack (15), were looking forward to some decent dinners after “living on microwave meals”.
Holmes has pipped Susanna Reid, Piers Morgan and Dan Walker in a poll of the best breakfast show hosts of all time.
Early morning credits for the Belfast-born star (below) include GMTV, Sunrise and a recent stint returning to the breakfast sofa on Good Morning Britain.
Controversial presenter Morgan is third, while Morgan’s cohost Reid, a former BBC Breakfast presenter, is sixth, the highest-placed female.
Johnny Vaughan is second for Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast, which he co-hosted with Denise Van Outen.
Chris Evans, who also hosted the famous 90s show, is ninth in the poll for RadioTimes.com, one place ahead of Lorraine Kelly, whose credits include TV-AM, GMTV and Daybreak.
Holmes (57) now co-hosts This Morning with wife Ruth Langsford every Friday. He said: “Well, I’m the longest-serving breakfast TV presenter of all time, so I’d like to think that in some way you’re not only just the longest or hanging in there, but it also equates to being quite good at it.
“Thank you for remembering that I was there in good days and bad days, when the weather was good, when the weather was bad, when the news was good, when the news was bad, and thank you for your memories of me.”
BBC Breakfast took most of the places in the list, with Walker fourth, Bill Turnbull fifth, LouEAMONN ise Minchin seventh, Naga Munchetty 11th and Sian Williams 12th, among the names.
Good Morning Britain host and ex-Strictly Come Dancing star Charlotte Hawkins is not on the list and neither is ex-GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips.
RadioTimes.com editor Tim Glanfield said: “Breakfast TV hosts have a very special place in the nation’s heart.
“While the rest of us are bleary-eyed and seeking out our first caffeine fix, this very rare breed of presenters manages to educate, entertain and inform us whilst having been up since 3am.
“There couldn’t be a better winner than Eamonn Holmes. A breakfast television institution and a master of live television.”
The poll was compiled from more than 33,000 votes.
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