Firsts with Strictly’s Anton Du Beke: My first ballroom competition win, first concert and first job

Virgin Radio

4 Nov 2023, 11:09

Anton Du Beke at Virgin Radio studios

Credit: Virgin Radio

Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke took time off from the ballroom floor to come and reminisce on Virgin Radio’s Firsts. 

The dancer and author stopped by The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with cinch on Friday (3rd November) to discuss his brand new book, The Paris Affair, but also dropped some Strictly goss and played a little game of Would You Rather.

While at the Top of the Tower, we couldn’t help but ask Anton to travel down memory lane with us - check out Anton Du Beke’s FIRSTS with Virgin Radio below!

First album? 

“My first single was Oliver's Army by Elvis Costello, and my first album was David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. Look at me being all cool!”

First ballroom competition win?

“I remember winning something at the old Ilford Palais, about 4000 years ago.”

First concert?

“I went to see Gary Numan in the dark ages, probably 1947 and it was an odd experience. I'd never been to anything like that before, not even out of my own town before. I went with a pal and all these people had the gear on, the make-up, it was all New Romantics. I don't think I've been to see him since.”

First TV show you loved watching?

“Can't remember, but we used to watch The Big Match on a Sunday afternoon, or Grandstand, or Sports Night, if you could stay up that late on a Wednesday.

"The Royal Variety Performance was my favourite show of all time, from the London Palladium, still have never done it.”

First bedroom wall poster?

"It was a photograph of the fabulous Kate Jackson, from the original Charlie’s Angels. Don't mind if I do!"

First paid job? 

"I was a washer-upper in a restaurant when I was about 14. Oh no, my first paid job was a newspaper delivery boy. We all used to do that, and then I got fired."

First song you'd sing in karaoke?

"I don't do karaoke, I never sing unless I'm paid."

First friend you made at school? 

"I can't remember, it was too long ago."