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Anton Du Beke's baby joy

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Anton Du Beke's baby joy

Anton Du Beke and his partner are expecting twins.

The 'Strictly Come Dancing' professional is to become a father for the first time at the age of 50 after revealing that longtime love Hannah Summers is pregnant following IVF treatment.

He said: "Hannah and I are delighted to announce that we are expecting twins in the spring. We are over the moon!"

An insider told The Sun: "Anton and Hannah are very happy together, and they decided some time ago that they were both ready to have children.

"Hannah didn't fall pregnant quite as quickly as they would have liked and it was a source of worry for them for a while.

"Eventually they decided they wanted to try IVF treatment and they are delighted it has worked.

"Hannah is now more than three months pregnant and she seems to be coping very well."

Anton and Hannah, 41, have been dating for six years and he has previously spoken of his desire to marry her.

Last year Anton said: "She's just perfect. I love her above all things. Will we marry? Maybe next year. We're very happy."

Meanwhile, it was recently claimed that both Anton and fellow dance professional Karen Hardy are both being lined up to replace outgoing judge Len Goodman on 'Strictly'.

A source said: "Replacing Len is proving a real headache because he has such experience and is so well respected.

"Dancers like Anton and Karen might be good in the role - but they are inexperienced and might not battle to keep [fellow judges] Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood in check like Len does.

"However there is a feeling without Len's calming measured influence the panel might need a fifth judge to stop there being a deadlock and casting vote. It is an idea that has been discussed privately.

"The plan would be for Anton - or the other judge - to join the panel and the other judge to join for the results show to stop there being a need for a casting vote currently used by Len."