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Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke has revealed he was the ‘saddest he’s ever felt in his whole life’ over the show’s axed audience.

BBC bosses were forced to ban people from attending the competition show for the first time in its 15-year history due to new coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Anton was, however, able to watch Saturday’s episode live from Elstree Studios, but it wasn’t the same.

Speaking to Steph McGovern on Steph’s Packed Lunch, he confessed: ‘I felt the saddest I’ve ever felt in my whole life.

‘Because there aren’t any studio audience of course so the only people in the audience are the couples together around a little table, socially distanced from everyone else and then me…on my own at the back, sat there going “well done everyone”.

Anton Du Beke on Steph McGovern's Packed Lunch

Anton Du Beke was sad to be sat int he audience alone (Picture: Channel 4)

‘It’s like saying “here you are, come – but you can’t join in.” I sat beautifully – I feel like I should have been remarked on that alone. But it was brilliant, it was a great night.’

The BBC confirmed in a statement last week that Strictly audiences would be no more.

‘In light of the new lockdown measures which take effect in England from Thursday November 5, we’re sad to announce that we won’t be able to have a live studio audience for Strictly Come Dancing during November,’ it read.

‘Ticket holders have been notified. No tickets will be sent out for December shows until we are sure it will be safe and compliant to welcome audiences back, so please keep checking back for updates. We will continue to follow government guidelines.’ 

Discussing this weekend’s Strictly live show, Anton revealed the celebrities he thought could go through to the final: ‘I think the two youngsters will be in the final so HRVY and Maisie as they’ll be difficult to beat in the dance-off.

‘Bill is going tremendously and Ranvir is going tremendously and Max is doing well – and he got through last week, love it or hate it.

‘They are all in with a very good shot. You just don’t want that week  – that Star Wars week or that pastry week as that could be the end.’

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.

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