‘The schedule is crazy’ – Bruno Tonioli on why he’s leaving in earnest

Former judge of Serious Come Dancing Bruno Tonioli has spoken about his decision to leave the BBC One programme, revealing it was a “miracle” that he lasted 18 years on the panel.

The 66-year-old Italian dancer and choreographer has served as a judge since the popular dance show debuted in 2004, before announcing his departure in May.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Tonioli has been candid about her decision to leave the show and shift her focus to her role as a judge on the US show Dancing With The Stars, which airs around the same time of year in the US.


Bruno Tonioli has been a member of the serious jury when it comes to dancing since the show’s debut in 2004 (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

He said: “There was no enmity, it was a joint decision by both of us and said, ‘Listen, this is not going to work like it used to’.”

Tonioli has also held a spot on the Dancing With The Stars board since its debut in 2005, resulting in frequent flying back and forth between the UK and US while both shows were running.

“I can’t fly anymore,” he said.

“I don’t know how I survived that schedule. Honestly, it’s a miracle.”

He added: “I don’t know what effect it has had on my health, don’t go there!”

Anton Du Beke was announced as Tonioli’s replacement in May, following the success of longtime professional dancer Du Beke as a temporary replacement for Tonioli in 2021 due to travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tonioli also faces difficulties appearing on the show in 2020, after the pandemic’s uncertain move meant he could only appear via video link to deliver his verdict. about performances on Sunday night’s results show.

To illustrate the price the “crazy” schedule had to take on him, Tonioli reflected on a terrifying moment on a Serious live show, saying: “There was a moment in the middle of the road. run when I’m empty.

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“I didn’t know where I was or what I was doing.

“It only lasted a second, then I saw the audience looking at me and it all came back to me.”

He went on to explain the increased stress of maintaining his pompous character on air: “I’m playing a character. My voice became stronger, facial expressions and body movements became louder.”

He added: “You have to pump it yourself and maintain it for two hours. That’s hard when you have all the stress of travelling. “


Anton Du Beke will replace Tonioli on Strict Jury (Ian West/PA)

Despite the difficulties of balancing her assessment commitments, Tonioli is clear that above all, Seriousness is a positive, life-changing experience. He said: “Seriously changed my life, it was like being born again.

“I am a successful choreographer but this is like going back to the beginning as a performer. I love it.”

Tonioli also spoke warmly of his successor and reflected on Anton Du Beke’s role as a judge in 2021, saying: “He did a great job because he made it his own. “.

When asked if he felt jealous of Du Beke in any way, Tonioli said: “You don’t think so.

“It’s like James Bond, isn’t it? You have Sean Connery and Daniel Craig but both are still Bond.”

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