Where is Bruno Tonioli? Strictly Come Dancing judge missing from 2020 show

Strictly Come Dancing finally returns tonight, on Saturday October 17, in all its glory.

The British public are ready to get lost in the magic of dance, spray tans, sequins, glitz and the glamour of the Strictly ballroom.

A new group of celebrities will compete for the Glitterball trophy, in a new coronavirus-adapted series.

There are number of changes, including a reduced studio audience, a smaller line-up, and the loss of the annual Blackpool week.

But one of the biggest changes of the show is the absence of long-time judge Bruno Tonioli.

Where is Bruno Tonioli?

Bruno is currently taking part in the US version of the show, Dancing With The Stars.

Usually the passionate Italian judge appears on both the ABC and BBC show, flying back and forth.

But this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, that won’t be possible.

Instead, Bruno will be “involved remotely” in the Sunday night results show.

Bruno said: “I absolutely adore being part of Strictly and can’t wait to see what incredible dancing this year has in store.

“Lockdown has resulted in me being in LA for the foreseeable, but I’m excited to be involved as much as I possibly can.”

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He is expected to return full time “towards the end of the series”.

However, BBC hasn’t yet confirmed how long Bruno will be away.

Executive producer Sarah James said: “I’m overjoyed that we’ve found a way for Bruno to be part of this year’s Strictly.

“His passion and enthusiasm as such a big part of the show, I’m thrilled we can continue to deliver that to audiences this year.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday 17 at 7.50pm on BBC.

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