Anton Du Beke has blasted Strictly Come Dancing for "moving him back" in group routines.
The TV star, 56, appeared as a professional dancer on the BBC programme for a number of years before joining the judging panel last year.
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During an appearance on Loose Women on Tuesday (October 18), Anton slammed the show for diminishing his role in group numbers over the years.
Anton said: "It's funny, all the young sort of studs come in and give it all that… when we were doing group dances, I felt like I was the captain of the ship.
"Everyone was coming down in a vest with a thrust and I'm steering the ship with my cap, going 'go on, my son.'
"As the years go on, you get moved back a bit.
"I was so far back, I was having a conversation with Dave Arch… you know, they were trying to tell me something!"
Of his NTA win for best judge earlier this month, he later added: "The irony of course is I've been dancing for 400 years and the first time I win an award is when I'm sat down.
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