Strictly winner Stacey Dooley to ‘replace’ Bruno Tonioli as judge for 2020 series?

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Strictly Come Dancing is going ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic but it’s going to look very different this year. With the long list of rules in place to monitor public safety, BBC bosses have had to consider 101 ideas as they try to bring the extravaganza to life.

But as they carefully look at their options, there is still a lot of uncertainty in regards to the format.

Even casting has been affected this year, as certain age groups have been ruled out as a matter of health and safety, so fans are left eagerly waiting for the all-star line-up to be released.

Strictly has become a staple of Saturday night entertainment over the past 16 years, producing countless celebrity champions.

The judging panel has also become a favourable element of the glamorous show, boosting the likes of Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Philips, Shirley Ballas, Len Goodman, Motsi Mabuse, Darcey Bussell further into the spotlight during their time on the show.


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But it’s been reported that the judging panel is in jeopardy, as familiar face Bruno is unable to take part this year due to other work commitments.

The professional dancer has been a member of the Strictly family since the programme first aired back in 2004.

Although several judges have come and gone over the years, he and Craig, have remained on the panel and are currently joined by Shirley and Motsi.

While his fellow judges are seen throughout the whole series, Bruno takes a brief hiatus from his role to appear on the American version, Dancing With The Stars.

Like the British instalment of the franchise, he is replaced when he takes a break from either show.

But while it was all possible int he past, the coronavirus crisis has impacted travelling to and from other countries and for this reason he might not be appearing on the 2020 season.

Since reports broke of his pending no-show, much like the highly-anticipated celeb line-up, rumours have begun who will be taking his place.

And non-other than documentary maker and 2018 show winner Stacey Dooley, has been tossed into the pot.

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She stole the show two years ago with now-boyfriend Kevin Clifton, who announced his departure from the show as a professional dancer earlier this year.

Could Stacey be the one to carry on the Strictly name for both of them?

Bookies Ladbrokes has priced Stacey’s odds of 3-1, slashed from 8-1 that she will take up the position.

Fans reckon she would be the perfect choice after she won hearts the viewers across the nation, with one suggesting: “She would add a bit of sauce.”

Girls Aloud Cheryl Tweedy, has also been speculated to be in with a chance of securing the role as she currently hosts The Greatest Dancer, and remains the firm favourite at 2-1 with Ladbrokes.


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But despite the impending public health threat, a BBC spokesman reiterated the resounding guarantee.

They said: “The entire Strictly family are working hard to ensure everyone can enjoy some much needed sparkle later this year.”

But will Bruno make it to his regular seat?

Our will we be welcoming a fresh new face?

Strictly return later this year on BBC One.

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