Bruno Tonioli's Britain's Got Talent future in doubt over TV clash as 'sacking' claims denied

Britain's Got Talent's Bruno Tonioli
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Bruno Tonioli could be 'forced off' the next series of Britain's Got Talent due to a scheduling clash, with the show set to host its auditions much earlier usual in a major format shake-up.

Having been on Strictly since its BBC launch in 2004, Bruno had to make the tough decision the programme, due to travel restrictions brought about the Covid pandemic and his focus on American version Dancing with the Stars. And its his Stateside commitments that could lead to him having to miss at least the audition stages of Britain's Got Talent 2025.

BGT typically holds its auditions at the start of each year, before the show launches on ITV in the spring but, with a gap in the schedules brought about by Saturday Night Takeaway taking a break, the programme is set to have auditions later this year, in preparation for an earlier launch. The change means Bruno would be unavailable for the auditions although, in an interview with fellow BGT judge Amanda Holden and her co-host Jamie Theakston on Heart Breakfast on Wednesday, Simon Cowell denied claims Bruno is being 'dropped' from the panel and replaced by Alan Carr.

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Put on the spot over Bruno's future, Simon said: "There is a scheduling issue with Bruno and he's going to America. So maybe there'll be a stand in brought in for him, don't know. But I love Bruno on the show, I think he's brilliant."

Alan confirmed last year that he'd meetings with BGT production company Fremantle about replacing David Walliams as judge and was confident the job was his, before finding out he'd lost out to Bruno.