Strictly fans divided as Bruno Tonioli is confirmed to return to judging panel

Strictly fans are divided after it was announced that Bruno Tonioli will take over judging duties from Anton Du Beke on the live tour.

Bruno couldn't take up his seat on the judging panel for the current series of the BBC ballroom contest, because Covid restrictions would have made it too challenging for him to do both Strictly and US show Dancing With The Stars.

Anton has been filling in and has been a big hit with viewers who are loving his kind critiques.

And many are now saying they think he should be able to hit the road for the 2022 tour alongside Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood.

"Am I the only one that thinks it's a travesty that Bruno Tonioli is coming back to judge the @SCD2021UK arena tour and replace Anton De Beke?" one viewer tweeted.

"I consider it unfair that Anton has been replaced by Bruno on the tour. Bruno chose DWTS," said another.

One pleaded: "Keep Anton all the time now; Bruno was getting so boringly predictable."

"PLEASE DON'T bring Bruno back," posted another. "He just shouts and flails around. Anton is SO much better. You'll ruin it."

"We don't want him back we want to keep Anton!" said another.

One said while they didn't have anything against Bruno they "wouldn't be sad if Anton's place among the judges was permanent".

"He is a joy – knowledgeable and kind at the same time," added the viewer.

Bruno's return will mark the first time he will reunite with his co-judges since February 2020, the final date of the last tour, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

And while a lot of people don't want to see Anton go there are plenty of fans ready to welcome Bruno with open arms.

"I'm missing Bruno," one tweeted, while another urged: "Hurry back Bruno so Anton goes."

Some people suggested there might be room for both judges on the panel.

"Whatever happens, if Bruno does return @TheAntonDuBeke must remain as a judge," said one person.

"Intelligent, informed critique with a gentle humour. Brilliant."

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