‘About b****y time!’ James Jordan in jibe at BBC over Anton Du Beke’s Strictly career move


Former Strictly Come Dancing professional James Jordan, 43, has taken to Twitter to congratulate Anton Du Beke, 54, following the news that he’s set to replace Italian judge Bruno Tonioli on this year’s series of the BBC dancing competition. James, who left the show in 2013, previously announced his support for his friend to step into a judging role on the dance show and today finally celebrated the long-awaited news by hailing the move as something that has been “wanted by most Strictly fans.”

James, who is married to Strictly co-star Ola Jordan, 38, didn’t waste any time in congratulating his friend on the career move.

In view of his 275,900 followers, James penned: “Congratulations to my mate @TheAntonDuBeke on becoming a judge on #strictly


“About b****y time!!” he added enthusiastically.

Responding to a now-deleted tweet from the dance professional, James applauded the move as what “most Strictly fans wanted”.

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“It’s the judges! Please welcome back to Strictly, Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse AND Anton Du Beke, who’ll be stepping into Bruno Tonioli’s shoes for 2021!” they wrote.

Responding to the post, Anton quickly confirmed the exciting news.

Reposting the tweet, he wrote: “I’m so excited! Thrilled to be joining these wonderful judges @bbcstrictly.”


Former Strictly dancer Oti Mabuse also chimed in to congratulate the star.

Last year, James hit out at the BBC show’s bosses, believing that they had made a “mistake” by not keeping Anton on as a judge after he briefly filled in for Motsi Mabuse when she was self-isolating following an emergency trip back to Germany.

James told Ladbrokes: “I think it’s a mistake not having Anton on the panel instead of Bruno this year. I like having the four judges there for the variety of scores.”


The husband of fellow dancer Ola Jordan suggested that Anton has never been a frontrunner to win the programme because of who he has been partnered with in previous years.

He said: “I love Anton and would love for him to be given a celebrity who has some real potential to win but year after year it’s the same thing and he’s probably going to be given a female who’s more mature and hasn’t really got the danceability.”


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