Bruno Tonioli says Strictly Come Dancing shouldn't replace Alesha Dixon

Bruno Tonioli

Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli has said that the show doesn't need a new judge to replace Alesha Dixon.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Bruno insisted the programme would work just as well with three judges.

He said: "I think the brand is bigger than any of us. Strictly’s going to come back and be very big regardless of who’s doing it."

Bruno continued: "Len, Craig and I have been doing this for six years – we’ve had ups and downs but we know how to play it.

"They could easily do it with the three of us. That’s what it’s like in America (along with Len, the other judge is Carrie Ann Inaba) and it works very well."

Talking about Alesha's exit from the show last month, which saw the pop singer deflect to Britain's Got Talent on ITV1, Bruno explained he wasn't surprised by her decision.

He said: "It wasn’t a shock. I had a laugh with Alesha so I have no problems. It’s her decision and nothing to do with me."

And he suspected he knew her reasons for leaving the show: "It’s probably something to do with lots and lots of money," he laughed. "I do Strictly for love, not money.

“You can’t compare our salaries to the X Factor judges’ because the BBC would never pay that."

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