Will Bruno Tonioli return to Strictly Come Dancing as Anton du Beke takes over?

Anton Du Beke - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

Anton Du Beke is stepping in for Bruno Tonioli on Strictly Come Dancing this year - but will it be permanent?

Professional dancer Anton has joined the Strictly panel for 2021, taking the place of Bruno who cannot appear due to travel and quarantine restrictions.


Anton joins head judge Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse on the panel and has proved a hit with viewers.

As yet the BBC has not confirmed its plans going forward with rumours that Bruno could not return.

A source shared with The Sun newspaper: "The reaction to the former pro being on the panel has been totally positive — with most viewers apparently forgetting a time when he wasn’t a full-time judge.

“There is still a huge amount of love and affection for Bruno, and fans would love to see him return."

The tabloid claims that Bruno will no longer be a part of this year's Christmas special with Anton staying on the panel.

"This can only fuel further speculation that Bruno may not be returning next year and that Anton has seamlessly taken his place," the source added.


Speaking earlier this year on first joining the show, Anton said: "My loves I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be stepping into Bruno’s brogues for the next series of Strictly."

Having been a pro since the very first series, he added: "It’s a dream come true to be judging alongside the best of the best and I promise to be kinder to all the couples than any of them have ever been to me."

Meanwhile Bruno recently said he didn't know if he'll be back next year.

In an interview in July, he said: "It’s totally up to them. If there’s no Covid and they want me, I’ll be back. But they may say, ‘Anton was great, we don’t need you’"

Bruno continued: “I’ll do something else. It’s like James Bond actors, I’ve done my stint. You cannot be desperate, if you start down that path you’ll go insane. I won’t be second best.

“I worked my butt off for a very long time and I wouldn’t do anything if I didn’t feel comfortable. I’m not one for compromise.”


Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday and Sunday nights on BBC One.

Picture: (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

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