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Strictly Come Dancing: Anton Du Beke Replaces Bruno Tonioli On Judging Panel

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Strictly Come Dancing: Anton Du Beke Replaces Bruno Tonioli On Judging Panel

Strictly Come Dancing fans, listen up - we've got some cha-cha-changes to announce.

Anton Du Beke will be replacing firm favourite Bruno Tonioli on the judging panel for 2021.

Anton finally has a seat on the judging panel (Credit: PA Images)
Anton finally has a seat on the judging panel (Credit: PA Images)

Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding international travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, Bruno Tonioli, who has been a fixture on Strictly since 2004 and is also a judge on Dancing with the Stars in the USA, will be unable to take part in the series this year.

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Now, Anton - who has been a professional dancer on the popular BBC One show since the very beginning, will be quickstepping over to judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse - to provide his expert knowledge of ballroom and dance.

Speaking about the change, Anton, 54, said: "My loves, I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be stepping into Bruno's brogues for the next series of Strictly.

Bruno has been on the show since it started in 2004 (Credit: BBC)
Bruno has been on the show since it started in 2004 (Credit: BBC)

"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."

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Meanwhile, Bruno added: "Whilst I am gutted to not be on the show this year there is one person and one person only that could take my place - it's just a shame they weren't available...haha! Darlings I'm kidding, I'm kidding!

"Seriously though, I have to tell you, Anton IS Mr Strictly and if anybody is filling in for me, it has to be him. I honestly wouldn't have it any other way and I am so excited to see him waggle his paddle."

Bruno has been forced to step down this year due to Covid-19 (Credit: PA Images)
Bruno has been forced to step down this year due to Covid-19 (Credit: PA Images)

Last year's Strictly Come Dancing took place under strict lockdown measures, with celebrity contestants and their professional dancers having to form a 'bubble' in order for filming to take place.

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Comedian Bill Bailey and partner Oti Mabuse were crowned last season's winners, having been firm favourites to take the Glitterball trophy.

This year's Strictly Come Dancing line-up is still to be announced.

Strictly Come Dancing launches on BBC later this year.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: BBC, TV News, Strictly Come Dancing

Kimberley Bond
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