My favourite Strictly mo­ments, ever!

An­ton Du Beke shares his mem­o­ries of the show

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Strictly wouldn’t be the same with­out An­ton. His love of dance started aged 14 when he picked his sis­ter up from a dance class – he was in­stantly hooked. He joined Strictly in 2004 and be­came a favourite with view­ers. An­ton has just re­leased his de­but novel, One En­chanted Evening, which is in­spired by a 1930s ball­room. Now 52, he’s mar­ried to 41-year-old busi­ness­woman Han­nah Sum­mers. The pair have 19-month-old twins Ge­orge and Hen­ri­etta.

1 THE DANCE I’LL NEVER FOR­GET… It was the waltz with opera singer Lesley Gar­rett. They were the first steps I ever took on the Strictly dance­floor back in 2004, and what a jour­ney it’s been since! When the show first started, there were eight cou­ples (now there are 15) and no group num­bers. The pro­duc­tion has changed so much – it’s more glitzy and glam­orous now.

2 THE ONE THAT DIDN’T GO TO PLAN… Last year, when I did the paso doble with my danc­ing part­ner Ruth Langs­ford, we were just get­ting to the clos­ing mo­ment when she fell di­rectly on top of me. We couldn’t stop laugh­ing.

3 MY SHOW­STOP­PER DANCE… Three years ago, I was over the moon to reach the fi­nal with Katie Der­ham. We did an in­cred­i­ble tango. That and the samba last year with Ruth when I ripped off my suit to re­veal a rather fab­u­lous pink ruf­fled shirt and se­quinned trousers!

4 THE MEM­ORY I’LL CHER­ISH… Any­thing I did with Bru­cie. He was a leg­end and like a dad to me. We took the mick out of our re­sem­blance by per­form­ing Me And My Shadow in series six. It was won­der­ful jok­ing with Sir Bruce Forsyth!

5 THE FUN­NI­EST MO­MENT… I had some great times with Ann Wid­de­combe. We did one dance in Black­pool where she wore a yel­low feath­ered dress and I dragged her across the floor. She was also the first celebrity to go aerial – they’re all at it now!

6 MY FAVOURITE PART­NER… It’s hard to say. I don’t re­ally have one, be­cause ev­ery year is just an­other level of fun. The main thing you want from a part­ner is en­thu­si­asm. The danc­ing can be taught, but that ex­tra spark has to be there – Judy Mur­ray was won­der­ful for that. I’ve been very lucky with my part­ners. I al­ways have a great time.

7 THE DANCE THAT MEANS THE MOST… Okay, so it’s not ex­actly Strictly, but it’s when I’m danc­ing with my twins, Ge­orge and Hen­ri­etta. I love hold­ing one in each arm and danc­ing with them around the house. Be­ing a dad is the best thing in the world. I just can­not wait to see them ev­ery day. I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to bring them to the stu­dio this series to meet ev­ery­one.

• Strictly Come Danc­ing is on BBC One ev­ery Satur­day

An­ton has wowed us with his smooth moves since the first series

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