Come dance strictly revealed his roster of 2021 judges, confirming that Bruno Tonioli will be absent from the show this year.
Instead, Anton Du Beke will take his place on the series after his guest stint last year, while regulars Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas will all return.
“My loves, I cannot tell you how delighted I am to enter Bruno’s brogues for the next series of Strictly, said Anton.
“It’s a dream come true to judge alongside the best and I promise to be nicer to all couples than any of them have ever been to me. “
Bruno added: “While I’m disgusted that I’m not on the show this year, there’s only one person who could take my place – it’s just a shame they weren’t available. … Haha! Honey, I’m kidding, I’m kidding!
“Seriously, I have to tell you that Anton IS Mr. Strictly and if anyone is replacing me, it must be him. Honestly, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way and I’m so excited to see him wag his paddle. “
Bruno’s absence comes amid uncertainty over travel restrictions from the United States amid COVID-19, which affected his passage last year – though he may have made virtual appearances .
The panel instead consisted of Shirley, Motsi and Craig, with Anton replacing Motsi during a two-week absence.
The jury is not the only upheaval that Strictly gets this year, with Janette Manrara, professional colleague of Anton, also moving away from her dance duties.
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Instead, she will co-host a spinoff show It takes two alongside Rylan Clark-Neal after Zoe Ball leaves.
The BBC has confirmed that further plans for the 2021 series will be announced in due course – in the meantime, you can check out all of the latest lineup rumors.
Come dance strictly broadcast on BBC One. He is expected to return later in 2021.
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