Bruno Tonioli won’t be on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend – here’s why

The judge hasn’t missed a single show for fifteen years

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The Strictly Come Dancing judging panel will be a little less flamboyant this weekend, as Bruno Tonioli misses the live show for the first time in 15 years.


Tonioli will be absent due to other work commitments (which are unknown at this time) but he will be returning to the panel for Halloween Week.

A Strictly spokesperson told “As was always the plan, Bruno Tonioli is not on the judging panel this weekend due to a very busy work schedule. He will be back as normal for our Halloween special and the rest of the series.”

Tonioli will be missing both of the shows on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October.


The BBC has said that no one will be stepping in to replace Tonioli at the judges’ table, so contestants will be competing to impress the remaining trio: Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell.