Bruno Toniolis career from Strcitly Come Dancing to Britains Got Talent

With the auditions for 2023's Britain's Got Talent kicking off, the replacement for former judge David Walliams has been announced as dancer and choreographer Bruno Tonioli

Bruno, 67, is no stranger to sitting on a judging panel having spent 18 years on BBC flagship show Strictly Come Dancing, where he regularly shocked and delighted the nation with his witty jabs and theatrical moves.

He made his first appearance on the show in debut series in 2004, alongside original judges Dame Arlene Phillips, Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood.

He often left both the audience and fellow judges laughing hysterically when he would steal the show by falling off his chair in delight or shock at a performance.

One of his memorable stand-out moments is his cutting remarks towards former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe in 2010, when he called her a lame canary” who was “flapping around the floor” when she took to the stage in a bright yellow ballgown.

Alongside his role as a judge on Strictly, Bruno has also sat on the panel for the US edition of the show Dancing With The Stars since its launch in 2005, resulting in frequent flying back and forth between the UK and the US while both shows were running.

In 2020, pandemic travel uncertainty meant Bruno could only appear via video-link to give his verdict on the Strictly performances and in 2021 he was temporarily replaced by long-standing professional dancer Anton Du Beke.

Bruno then announced his permanent departure from the show in May last year, revealing that he would be concentrating on his other role which films around the same time of year in the US.

After announcing his Strictly exit, he told the Daily Mail: “I just couldn’t do the flying any more. I don’t know how I survived that schedule. To be honest, it’s a miracle.”

He also spoke warmly about his successor and, reflecting on Anton’s judging role during 2021, said: “He did a very good job because he made it his own.”

When asked if he felt in any way jealous of Du Beke, Tonioli said: “You don’t think like that. It’s like James Bond, right? You have Sean Connery and Daniel Craig but they are both still Bond.”

Last year, Bruno and his fellow TV judge Craig Revel Horwood swapped the dancefloor for the driving seat as the pair explored some of the UK in their six-part ITV series Craig And Bruno’s Great British Road Trips.


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