Will Bruno Tonioli return this year?

Strictly Come Dancing bosses this year were forced to replace one of their original judges on the show with Bruno Tonioli, who was stuck in the States.

Bruno is on the Dancing With the Stars in America panel.

And with the pandemic in full swing when we were planning this year’s show, Bruno resigned due to the uncertainty of international travel restrictions.

As we all know, Anton de Beke stepped in to take his place alongside the other Strictly Come Dancing judges.

But will Bruno be there again this year – even if it’s in the form of a video link?

Read on for everything we know.

Bruno Tonioli stepped down from his role on the show for this series (Image Credit: Splash News)

Strictly Come Dancing judges: how long has Bruno been on the show?

The Italian dancer and choreographer Bruno took part in the show in the first series, which aired in May 2004.

He stayed on the jury for 17 series, with Bruno only appearing via video link due to COVID travel restrictions in series 18.

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He wasn’t replaced on the podium until it was found he wouldn’t be back in the flesh for that series.

Pro dancer Anton is currently keeping warm alongside jurors Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabusi.

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Anton has taken Bruno’s place among the Strictly Come Dancing judges this year (Source: BBC)

What did Bruno say about the resignation of Strictly?

He said, “Although I’m disappointed not to be on the show this year, there is one person and only one person who could take my place – it’s just a shame they weren’t available!

“Darlings, I’m kidding, I’m kidding! But seriously, I have to tell you, Anton IS Mr. Strictly and if anyone stands in for me, it’s him.

“I honestly wouldn’t have had it any other way and I’m so excited to see him wiggle his paddle.”

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However, it doesn’t look like Bruno has finally given up his seat on the Strictly Come Dancing panel.

A look at his Twitter bio suggests he’s still part of the Strictly family.

It says: “Judge at BBC Strictly Come Dancing and ABCs Dancing with the Stars”.

When the Strictly Shake Up was announced, a friend claimed that Bruno preferred Dancing With the Stars over Strictly.

Speaking to The Sun, they said, “Bruno can’t commit to both shows right now and is staying in LA – it’s a better lifestyle there, with great weather, which is good for his health.

“He’s making almost £ 1 million a series in America, so he has to give it priority.”

They also hinted that we would see the popular judge at Strictly this year.

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This year’s live show has a Bruno-shaped hole (Credit: BBC)

Will Bruno Tonioli be returning to Strictly this year?

His friend seems to think so, yes.

They added, “Of course he’s still a regular part of the Strictly family and would love to appear on a videolink multiple times on the series.”

Not only that, the paper also reports that Bruno will make a “spectacular return” to the show in the Christmas special.

ED! has contacted the BBC and Bruno’s agents for details on his involvement in the show this year.

Strictly Come Dancing will air on BBC One tonight (October 9th) at 6.45pm. The results will be broadcast tomorrow at 7:10 p.m.

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