Anton Du Beke confirmed as Bruno Tonioli’s replacement as Strictly judge

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Anton Du Beke is replacing Bruno Tonioli as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing this year, it has been announced.

The hit BBC show has announced the news on social media, citing that 65 year old Bruno will not be able to participate due to travel restrictions.

They wrote to their 819,000 Twitter followers: "It's the judges! Please welcome back to Strictly, Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse AND Anton Du Beke, who’ll be stepping into Bruno Tonioli’s shoes for 2021!"

Anton said in a statement: "My loves I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be stepping into Bruno’s brogues for the next series of Strictly.

"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.”

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."

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