Bruno to return to Strictly for UK arena tour
Bruno Tonioli is to return to Strictly Come Dancing for a UK arena tour.
The Italian judge pulled out of the current series of the television programme over uncertainty around travel restrictions between the UK and the US, where he is based and is also a judge on American series Dancing With The Stars.
Anton Du Beke took Tonioli’s place on the judging panel for the current series of the BBC celebrity dancing competition. However Tonioli will be reunited with Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood in a string of live shows.
The arena tour, which will be directed by Revel Horwood, will feature performances from some celebrities and professional dancers from the current series of the programme. The audience will then be able to vote for their favourite dance each night.
Tonioli said: “I am absolutely delighted to be back on the judging panel for the Strictly Arena Tour for the first time in two years. I’ve missed my fellow judges, I’ve missed the glitz and glamour of the tour and I’ve missed the amazing audiences that come to see us all over the country – I hope you have missed me too.
“I cannot wait to be back alongside Shirley, Craig, the celebs and the pros. The fans are really in for a treat – next year’s arena tour is going to be simply fantastico.”
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