Bruno Tonioli takes swipe at Strictly Come Dancing after Britain’s Got Talent debut

Bruno Tonioli has taken a swipe at former show Strictly Come Dancing after his debut appearance on Britain’s Got Talent.

The former Strictly judge said that BGT is the biggest show in the UK “now that I’m here”, and that working on it was a “completely different sort of judging” but his experience in the business meant he “knows what the job needs”.

Bruno, 67, was confirmed as the ITV show’s new panellist on Tuesday after weeks of speculation. Bruno, who is replacing former judge David Walliams, joins Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.

The former Strictly judge has taken to his new role well, with the star blowing kisses to the crowd as he arrived for filming on Friday, ahead of the first lot of BGT auditions.

Speaking to The Sun afterwards, he said: “This is the biggest show on British TV, now that I’m here. I mean it. Simon is going to hate that I’ve said that but oh well.”

He continued: “I have nothing bad to say about Strictly, it changed my life.

“[But] this is completely different and it’s a completely different sort of judging. The range of this show, you see things that you have no idea are coming.

“I have been in showbiz for 50 years now and I’ve worked with everyone from Tina Turner and French and Saunders to Michael Caine, so I know when something works and I know why it works.

“I know what this job needs.”

Bruno was previously a fan favourite on Strictly Come Dancing after joining the BBC One programme during its debut series in 2004.

However it was announced back in 2022 that Bruno would be departing the celebrity dancing competition because his travel commitments had made it “impossible” to continue.

Despite departing his role from Strictly in the UK, he has continued in his role as a judge for the American version of the show, Dancing With The Stars, alongside fellow former Strictly judge Len Goodman.

Comedian David Walliams joined the Britain's Got Talent judging panel back in 2012, spending ten years on the show before his departure last year.

This came after David, 51, had to apologise for making “disrespectful comments” about auditioning contestants during breaks in filming the show in January 2020.

Now in its 16th series, Britain’s Got Talent will return to screens later this year as acts battle it out for the chance to scoop the £250,000 prize and perform at the Royal Variety Performance.


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