Alfonso Ribeiro to replace Bruno Tonioli on Strictly

Will he perform the Carlton this time?

Alfonso Rubiero

Get ready for a Fresh Prince of Bel Air takeover on Strictly Come Dancing.


Alfonso Ribeiro will replace Bruno Tonioli on the BBC ballroom show next week due to Tonioli’s commitments on the US version of the show.

Alfonso, who won Dancing with the Stars back in 2014, previously filled in for Tonioli last year, when he won rave reviews for his flamboyant presenting style.

Alfonso is best known for his role as Carlton Banks in Fresh Prince, the rich cousin to Will Smith’s street-smart teenager who’s forced to move in with his wealthy aunt and uncle when he gets into trouble at home.

He became a firm favourite among fans for regularly dancing to Tom Jones’s It’s Not Unusual, and his routine soon earned its own moniker – ‘The Carlton’. However, Strictly fans were left frustrated when he didn’t perform the dance during his previous judging stint.

Alfonso will be joined by regular judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, and Motsi Mabuse, as they continue to pass judgement over the remaining couples’ dance routines.


Fingers crossed the Strictly producers will encourage their new judge to whip out his iconic dance routine…

Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One, Saturday at 6:40pm