Strictly: Anton Du Beke says he ‘prefers sitting and watching’
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Comedian Romesh recently opened up on the reboot to Express.co.uk and other press ahead of the highly anticipated return of The Weakest Link. Taking over from the BBC quiz show’s legendary host Anne Robinson is no small task, and he revealed he had more than enough on his plate with the show’s competitive celebrity contestants in the opening Strictly special.
Players on the iconic trivia show must bank as much money as they can for charity before the timer runs out.
Simple enough, but Romesh revealed some contenders took the game a little more seriously than others when he previewed the new revival.
“Anton Du Beke was a super competitive guy,” he revealed.
“Not only was he super competitive, he was also incredibly disappointed by other people’s performances.”
Former pro dancer and Strictly judge Anton will be joined by the likes of Janette Manrara, Dr Ranj, Ore Oduba and HRVY in the first episode of the new series.
The first round of The Weakest Link’s revival series starts off slow, but the questions soon get tougher and the players are forced to make some difficult decisions.
As the game goes on, the celebs must choose who they think is the weakest of the bunch to send home.
Remaining players will have to take on some truly devious trivia questions whilst still trying to bank as much cash as possible for the final jackpot.
Romesh won’t be quite as critical as his predecessor, but was surprised by how seriously the Strictly judge took the competition.
In the later series, he’ll also be playing host to a wide variety of celebs, including Gemma Collins and Christopher Biggins, for a panto-themed Christmas special.
Speaking to broadcaster Clara Amfo during a recent Q&A, Romesh went on to reveal some more famous quizzers who came in with their eyes on the prize.
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“I would say that Kay Burley was sort of pretty competitive,” he recalled.
“Chris Packham, I didn’t know he had a steely edge to him, but he definitely does. He loves the animals, yeah, but he will kill them if it means he’ll win a competition.
“[Drag queen] The Vivienne, obviously, was very competitive.”
He also revealed fellow comedian Russell Kane gave his opponents a run for their money later in the series.
“Russell Kane, comedian Russell Kane… some people, they just come in and they’re just like eyes on the prize, ‘I want to go for this’.
“Russell was doing some funny stuff in between, but whenever the round started you could just see him switching to ‘question answering mode. I have to win this.’
“The stakes were higher for him because he trades off being quite a smart guy, so if he then went out on something pretty low-brow I think it would be pretty embarrassing for him.”
There are 12 episodes to come of the highly anticipated return of The Weakest Link, so plenty more famous faces trying to win Romesh’s approval will be announced over the coming weeks.
The Weakest Link starts on Saturday 18th December at 6.10pm on BBC One.
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