Bruno Tonioli discusses the possibility of Cheryl replacing him on Strictly Come Dancing

Megan Sutton
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From Good Housekeeping

Strictly Come Dancing's Bruno Tonioli has spoken about the possibility he might not be able to judge this year's series, and commented on the option of Cheryl replacing him on the panel.

Bruno has judged on both Strictly and the show's US equivalent since 2005, flying on a weekly basis between the UK and America, however due to coronavirus travel restrictions, its unclear if he'll be able to do that this year.

“For years and years I’ve spent two days of each week on the plane flying between London and LA," Bruno told The Sun.

“I leave America on Wednesday and come back every Sunday but now it’s impossible and, because of the current travel restrictions, it’s beyond my control.

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“Under normal circumstances I take a deep breath and do the travel. I love the show and love to do it and normally I’m destroyed by Christmas, but this year is different for everyone.

“Under the current restrictions they just won’t allow it. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

While there's a question mark hanging over Bruno's place in this year's series, he's commented on the possibility that Cheryl could replace him.

He told the newspaper:

“If Cheryl does end up doing it there would be nothing wrong with that. She’s a lovely girl. I like her.

“Of course she’s not me, but we’re all different. We all have different things to offer but I’ve heard nothing concrete.”

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Cheryl is no stranger to judging talent contests, having appeared twice on the panel of The X Factor and The Greatest Dancer respectively.

While we're not sure exactly how Strictly will look this year, we do know the series will be shorter than usual, according to a statement released by the show.

Watch this space for more Strictly Come Dancing news. In the meantime, here's what you need to know about this year's series.

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