Bruno Tonioli confirms UK return for the Strictly live tour

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The BBC’s iconic dance competition has gone without the energetic Italian judge for its 19th series. Professional dancer Anton du Beke has taken his place this year, but Bruno Tonioli sparked excitement from Strictly Come Dancing fans by confirming his return to the franchise. 


Tonioli told The One Show presenters Alex Jones and Harry Judd he’ll be returning to Strictly in 2022. 

The long-running panelist was unable to judge this year thanks to travel restrictions caused by COVID-19.

Also a judge for Strictly’s US equivalent, Dancing With the Stars, Tonioli was unable to travel between countries each week to take part in both shows.  

Although he did not confirm his participation in the next series, Tonioli will be joining the show’s live tour from January next year.

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The live shows will begin in Birmingham on January 20, before moving on to Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester. 

Strictly Live will then move down to London for dates across February. 

Previewing the new show, Tonioli said: “I cannot believe it, I can’t wait to come and see the fans.”

He then told presenter Judd: “You’ve done the tour, Harry, and it is amazing.”

“10,000 people, they are there, you get such a rush of adrenaline. The shows are spectacular.”

Tonioli will be joining fellow judges Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas for the upcoming live events.

Strictly fans were overjoyed to see Tonioli return to the franchise after almost a year away from UK screens.

Sadly, he didn’t officially confirm his return to the panel for the show’s 20th series, set to air in 2022.

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Now the choreographer and Strictly judge is able to safely travel from his home in Los Angeles, his future appearances should be more assured. 

The news comes shortly after celebrity Judi Love pulled out of the competition after testing positive for COVID-19. 

Tonioli has been unable to watch the current series live but did confirm he has been keeping up with the competition so far.

However, he was reluctant to share any of his thoughts on the couples’ performances so far.

He teased: “It would be very inappropriate for me to make any comments, so you’ll have to come and see the tour.”

The judge laughed but went on: “They’re doing a fantastic job. 

“They’re still producing the most beautiful numbers, the choreography’s great. They’re doing such a good job, the judges are doing a great job.” 

Fans who are eager to hear more from the passionate dancing expert can start booking their tickets to the Strictly Come Dancing live tour now.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.


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