Where's Bruno Tonioli? Why Strictly Come Dancing judge is missing tonight

Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli will miss tonight's Strictly Come Dancing but why and where is he?!

It'll be the only the second episode that Bruno has ever missed, having been on the panel now for 15 years.

The reason why Bruno isn't on Strictly tonight is apparently because of an undisclosed prior work commitment.

The BBC said: "This weekend the Strictly Family welcome an exciting special guest judge, who is standing in for Bruno Tonioli for one week only. Bruno returns for next weekend’s Halloween Spectacular."

Bruno will be replaced by guest judge, US actor Alfonso Ribeiro.

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star previously won the US version of Strictly, Dancing With The Stars, in 2014.

He will join Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell, and Craig Revel Horwood on the panel for both Saturday's live show and Sunday's results.

Alfonso said: "I'm going to speak from the heart. I'm not going to try to rhyme."

He joked: "There's not going to be a lot of arms flailing… Look, [Bruno] is Italian. I get it. He speaks with his hands! I'm a brother from America so I'm gonna be kinda chill."

Alfonso went on to say he would be a "happy judge" and wanted to "lift" the celebs up having been in their position before.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return to the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom to host the show tonight as the battle to lift the Glitterball Trophy continues.

The 12 remaining couples will each take to the floor in a bid to impress the judging panel as the competition reaches its fifth week.

Those left on the Strictly 2018 line up this year are author, Capital Radio DJ and TV presenter Vick Hope, Steps star Faye Tozer, YouTube star Joe Sugg, England cricketer Graeme Swann, Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules and TV Doctor on This Morning Dr. Ranj Singh.

Joining them are BBC Three documentary maker Stacey Dooley, Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts, BBC News journalist Kate Silverton and comedian Seann Walsh.

Rounding off the current cast are Paratriathlete Lauren Steadman and Casualty actor Charles Venn.

The two couples with the lowest combined judges’ scores and viewer votes will face the dreaded dance-off on Sunday’s Results show.

As well as the latest elimination, there will also be a sensational group number from the professional dancers and a musical performance from Paloma Faith.

Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight at 6:40PM and Sunday, October 21 at 7:45PM.

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