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Strictly Come Dancing reveals first three stars joining next year’s live tour

STRICTLY Come Dancing have revealed the first three stars to sign up to next year’s live tour. A number of this year's Strictly celebrities and a selection of the professional dancers will be joined by the judges as they tear up dancefloors across the UK in 2023.

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“Right now we’re in a place where he seems comfortable and I seem comfortable and it isn’t necessary at the moment," she told The Mirror.In the past three weeks, the 62-year-old has been in the spotlight after Strictly viewers took aim at the head judge.This includes being branded “sexist” towards singer Fleur East, “jealous” of TV star Kym Marsh and is now the bookies’ favourite to get sacked by 2023.Despite the trouble, however, she has received support not least from her loving husband.Her colleagues, who include judges Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke, and Motsi Mabuse, as well as Strictly favourite Bruno Tonioli, have given her their unwavering support.Speaking further about the “trolling” she has received, Shirley said it has been worse this year than any other time in the past.It came as the Strictly judge was accused of sexism, claims she vehemently denied adding, “you couldn’t be further away from sexist than I am”.Fans have hit out at Shirley for reported favouritism towards the show’s male contestants.The series judge has also been accused of having “favourites whether they have ability or not”, with some viewers calling for her to be sacked on Twitter as they claim she has “no credibility as a judge”.Not long after, Shirley was lambasted by critics for giving Fleur East a nine out of 10, when other judges were hesitant to award her highly.@Cumiskey55 penned: “Come off it Shirley.That was not a 9 performance by any means.“You’ve obviously been told to tone it down on Fleur.
Strictly's Anton Du Beke opens up on being 'really poor' as he credits show for saving him
Anton Du Beke has revealed how Strictly come Dancing saved him from being "poor" and "a lunatic" as he reflected on his younger years in the competitive dance world.The 56-year-old got into detail about his life before the spotlight as he reflected on becoming a dad for the first time aged 50.The judge has five-year-old twins Henrietta and George with his wife Hannah Summers.Anton said having children at an older age was beneficial as he was "more sensible and more settled" than he was in his younger years.Reflecting on life in his mid-twenties/early thirties, he told Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe he was a "an absolute lunatic".He spilled: "I was really really poor for a start, I mean like I had holes in my shoes and second hand shirts, all that sort of stuff as a young man.Michael Douglas is unrecognisable as he unveils new long, dyed hair"And also not equipped, and an absolute lunatic as well, a competetive animal, ambitious and focused soley on me and what I was going to be doing and my next competition."Anton went on to say he always strived to be the best dancer at competitions which made him "hate everyone"."Everyone was against me," he added recalling his thoughts at the time on the Parenting Hell podcast."I was an absolute lunatic."Anton went on to say it was getting a job on Strictly Come Dancing which made him change his ways.At the time of being approached for the show, he had just finished competing in a big competition in China.He agreed to sign up as a professional, believing it would last for just one series.Over a decade later, Anton is the show's longest-serving cast member.He officially replaced Bruno Tonioli on the judging panel this year after previously stepping in temporarily. Strictly's Kym Marsh