Strictly’s Bruno Toniolo to miss series as flying from the US deemed ‘too risky’
Bruno Tonioli's grand re-appearance at the finale of Strictly Come Dancing has reportedly been cancelled.
The fan-favourite judge is currently at his home in America and had been planning to return towards the end of the series.
While in America, Bruno, 65, has been appearing during Sunday night results shows via video link to deliver his verdict on the performances.
It had been hoped that Bruno would return to Strictly for the final four episodes, which include the semi-final and the final.
He mainly resides in Los Angeles, where he also sits on the judging panel of the US counterpart, Dancing With The Stars.
Now, it has been deemed "too much of a risk", for him to leave Los Angeles and head to London.
Despite not being in the studio, he will continue to appear via a video link as the series continues.
"After much consideration, it's just too dangerous for Bruno. Strictly has already been hit so heavily by Covid," a source told MailOnline.
They added: "They didn't want to take the risk. Bruno loves the show and will watch as ever from the States and give his feedback on Sunday's show."
Head judge Shirley Ballas will lead the panel alongside fellow judges Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood.
The decision comes just weeks after coronavirus wreaked havoc through the Strictly line up.
Olympian Nicola Adams and her professional partner, Katya Jones, were forced to withdraw from the competition after Katya tested positive for the virus.
The show once again faced troubles when judge Motsi Mabuse was forced to make an emergency visit to Germany, meaning she had to self-isolate.
While Motsi followed the government issued guidelines and isolated, Strictly professional Anton Du Beke stepped into her shoes judging the show – a move which was commended by many.
Daily Star Online has approached representatives for Strictly Come Dancing for comment.
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