Strictly ’21 chaos as Bruno Tonioli ‘at risk’ and Anton du Beke ‘to replace him’

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 might be roughly eight months away – but already it seems the series is in chaos.

Reports have suggested show bosses are hesitant to sign up Bruno Tonioli as a judge over fears he may again choose Dancing With The Stars over Strictly.

And rumours abound that Anton du Beke is being quietly lined up to replace him – after the professional dancer did a sterling job filling in for Motsi Mabuse when she was forced out of the Strictly studio due to Covid guidelines for two weeks during the 2020 series.

The judging line up for 2020 saw the usual four judges reduced to three after 65-year-old Bruno opted to continue his judging role on the USA version of Strictly, Dancing With The Stars – with Motsi, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood soldiering on without him.

“Bruno chose Dancing With The Stars over Strictly, that’s no secret. If he does the same again this year, things will be tricky. There is the perfect replacement waiting in the wings – Anton.”

Anton proved a hit with fans when he filled in for Mosti during the 2020 season, with one fan gushing on Twitter : “Definitely a 10 and if the BBC have half a brain they will make you permanent. Don’t change, best show in ages tonight, you bought a lovely atmosphere.”

Mirror Online have contacted a representative of Strictly for comment.

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