17 November 2019 00:32
Believe it or not, despite being on Strictly Come Dancing since its inception in 2004, Anton du Beke had never achieved a single 10. Well, that all changed this evening (November 16) during Blackpool week – and just like waiting for buses, two came at once! The longest-serving professional on the show took to the dancefloor with partner Emma Barton to do an American Smooth to 'Let's Face the Music and Dance' by Ella Fitzgerald. And the judges were very impressed, with Bruno Tonioli comparing Emma to a "1940s movie queen". Shirley Ballas added: "You covered everything there...
it was just beautifully executed. I just felt it was lovely, your best dance by far." And they loved it so much that both Shirley and Bruno decided to give Anton and Emma a 10, which it turns out is the first Anton has ever received. BBC "First ever 10s," the dancer confirmed to Claudia Winkleman. "17 series, you don't understand. This is how Kevin Clifton feels, it's lovely!" This isn't the only big first that Anton has had during this series, with the dancer opening the show for the first time during Halloween week a few weeks ago.
To make it even more special, this was achieved during the coveted Blackpool Week. The duo were dancing the American Smooth to the classic Let's Face The Music And Dance, and the classy routine had a rapturous reception from both the live studio audience and the judges. When the time came for the judges critiques, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Shirley Ballas were on their feet, and awarded the couple with a 10 each, securing their spot at the top of the leaderboard and managing to make history for Strictly staple Anton. It was a historic moment for Anton (Picture: BBC) 'First ever 10s!' Anton celebrated. '17 series! You don't understand!' Oh Anton…we think we do! In other Strictly news, it's emerged that the stars of the show have been banned from 'partying' in Blackpool amid ongoing safety concerns. The show has moved over to the seaside town for their annual special in one of ballroom dancing's most iconic locations, but security has been stepped up to keep the celebrities and their professional partners safe. According to The Sun, more security has been put in place and anyone involved in the show has been told to 'stay behind closed doors'. A source told the paper: 'There have been a couple of issues in the past, so bosses have decided to act and banned the stars from hitting the town after the show. 'To soften the blow, they've agreed to throw a bash at the hotel where they are all staying. It's safer and means they can be properly looked after at all times and enjoy the night without concerns. 'They've brought in additional security to ensure there are no problems while the show is away from its usual home at the studios in Elstree.' It comes after professional dancer Gorka Marquez was attacked on a night out in Blackpool in 2016, which resulted in him losing two teeth. Advertisement Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One. Got a showbiz story? If you've got a story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk Entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page - we'd love to hear from you. MORE: EastEnders' Maisie Smith wins Children in Need's Strictly Come Dancing special as fans beg her to compete for real MORE: Lisa Armstrong ignores Ant McPartlin divorce drama as she heads to Blackpool for Strictly Come Dancing Oti Mabuse was clearly emotional during her dance with Kelvin Fletcher on Strictly's Blackpool weekend, and it was because Kelvin had arranged for her mother and godmother to be in the audience! It was Kelvin who pointed out that Oti's family were watching her dance on Strictly for the very first time while speaking to Tess, and the moment made for touching viewing as Oti looked visibly emotional as she turned to smile at her mum. The camera then panned to Kelvin's nan, who adorably mimed a score of ten with her hands following her grandson's performance. Speaking about the surprise on Instagram following their performance, she wrote: "Wow! I don't even know where to start. Before we did our walk @kelvin_fletcher told me to look over the corner he had a Suprise for me, turns out he brought my mom and god-mom to blackpool My mum has NEVER EVER seen me dance live on Strictly before and I just broke down in tears. The last we were in Blackpool she was training me in the Blackpool championships so today was THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!! Not just that but it's his nan saw him dance for the first time too.... I'm so grateful to be dancing with such thoughtful man." Oti was clearly emotional during the dance MORE: Strictly Come Dancing fans spot Tess Daly's wardrobe malfunction on Strictly Oti has two sisters, Motsi and Phemelo. Audiences will be familiar with Motsi now the professional dancer is a judge on the Strictly panel alongside Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli. Oti's other sister is Phemelo, who lives in South Africa. She may not be a dancer, but she's not certainly not without any talent. Phemelo is an MBA graduate working as an engineer. Fun fact: Oti also studying engineering at university before starting her professional ballroom dancing career. The Mabuses are clearly very talented! Emmerdale's Kelvin had plenty of special fans in the audience, not only was his nan able to make it to the seaside town to watch her grandson dance but close friends Lucy Mecklenburgh and her boyfriend Ryan Thomas also made the journey. Kelvin's nan indicated that the pair were worth scores of ten MORE: Strictly's Anton du Beke overwhelmed by first ever tens on show In an Instagram video, filmed from the back of a car, Lucy teased her fans by saying: "So we're going out tonight and I'm going to give you one clue where we're going…" Corrie's Ryan can then be heard humming the famous Strictly tune before adding: "We're going to see our boy Kelvin Fletcher dancing. Go on Kelvin lad." Lucy then confirmed: "We are on our way to Blackpool to watch Strictly!" We're sure Kelvin will be thrilled to have all that support in the audience. Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.