Bruno Tonioli confirms he's returning to Strictly 2020 by video link but insists he 'won't interfere' with judging
BRUNO Tonioli confirms he's returning to Strictly Come Dancing 2020 by video link but insists he "won't interfere" with the judging.
The judge, 64, won't physically be able to make it to the BBC One dancing competition as travel restrictions have left him stranded in Los Angeles.
Bruno has confirmed he will play a part in the newest series, but he won't "interfere" with the judging as it "wouldn't be right".
Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, the judge said: "I will watch the show and will do a little segment, like the results show.
"It wouldn’t be right for me to interfere with the judging process because it’s not fair.
"Craig [Revel-Horwood], Shirley [Ballas], Motsi [Mabuse] know exactly what they’re doing. What I will do is my point of view, pointing out this and that – and I’m glad I am able to do it."
Piers and Susanna asked if there was any advice for their GMB co-presenter Ranvir Singh, who is on this year's lineup.
Bruno simply replied: "Watch out for Craig."
The Sun revealed in August that he will appear via video-link only for the Sunday night results show.
BBC bosses have confirmed that the flamboyant Italian will only feature in person for the tail-end of the series because of a clash with Dancing With The Stars in America.
He hopes to make at least the final four episodes – including the final and the semi final – if coronavirus travel restrictions allow him.
But if he is forced to quarantine on his return to the UK, then he will only make the last two.
It comes after the long-serving judge – who has spent the last 15 years commuting between homes in Los Angeles and London to appear on Strictly – told The Sun it would be “impossible” for him to take part, giving Cheryl Tweedy his blessing to replace him.
Bruno said: “I absolutely adore being part of Strictly and can’t wait to see what incredible dancing this year has in store!
“Lockdown has resulted in me being in LA for the foreseeable, but I’m excited to be involved as much as I possibly can. There was no cha-cha-chance I’d miss out!”
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