Anton Du Beke is said to be overjoyed to have Emma Barton as his partner because she "still has all her teeth".
The 53-year-old Strictly Come Dancing favorite often landed with one of the two older, less-mobile celebrities at the BBC dance contest.
Having teamed with 71-year-old Ann Widdecombe and 57-year-old Susannah Constantine, causing him to fail in the opening laps, Anton believes that this is possible is his year.
The ballroom veteran has 42-year-old EastEnders actress Emma under his wing this time, and for the first time since his appearance, Anton has a partner who is one of the first favorites to win. [1
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He described Emma as "an absolute dream" and told Radio Times: "I am very happy about them." Emma is tall, beautiful and talented.
"She is an absolute dream and I have to be honest, younger than I am used to.
"And she has her own teeth, that will be enough for me."
Soap star Emma is best known to audiences as Honey Mitchell in EastEnders.
Equally excited about her burgeoning relationship, she added, "I'm the biggest Strictly fan on the planet I've seen every year."
"I'm not. When you get such a chance, you have to use it 100 percent.
"I learned music theater 20 years ago, so I have musicality – and I have the best teacher with Anton.  "We are like two peas in a pod. I think we will be ridiculously stupid and fun. Absolute winner.
The live episodes of Strictly Come Dancing begin on September 21.
Read the full interview in The Radio Times.
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