Bruno Tonioli hints at future on Britain's Got Talent after 'being dropped'

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Bruno Tonioli has finally broken his silence after reports emerged that he's been dropped from Britain's Got Talent. The former Strictly Come Dancing judge was allegedly ousted from the new series of the ITV talent show, just days after Sydnie Christmas bagged the top prize at the live final.

Sydnie secured a whopping £250,000 and a chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of a member of the Royal Family this November. Two years ago, Bruno replaced David Walliams as a judge, joining Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon on the panel.

However, it seems he won't be returning next year due to clashes with his US commitments. Breaking his social media silence, he shared a promo of Simon Cowell's latest venture - showing there's no animosity between them. The music mogul is scouting for his next boyband following One Direction's success.

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Bruno posted a link to sign up for Simon's search and a poster that read: "Simon needs you! Are you the next global superstar and want to be in his new boy band? Aged around 16-18? Click below now to apply."

Bruno regularly appears as a judge on Dancing with the Stars in the United States, and with Britain's Got Talent set to move earlier in the year to accommodate the absence of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, which is currently on hold it would reportedly clash.

Britain's Got Talent is reportedly set for a massive £100million makeover, which includes shifting the filming schedule. Auditions are now stated for October instead of the usual January slot", reports the Mirror.

Once it became clear auditions were starting in October, as opposed to January as per the previous 17 series, it became clear Bruno may not be able to take part. He's committed to the US, but the new format for BGT is non-negotiable because the show will effectively be replacing Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway," according to The Sun.

Alan Carr is tipped to be the frontrunner for Bruno's replacement. Alan recently impressed as a judge on ITV's reality show Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream, where he was part of the team selecting the new Sophie and Sky for the West End stage. His rapport with Amanda Holden, his co-star on another TV project, is thought to be a key factor."

Alan Carr is a name that has been mooted - his chemistry with Amanda is already a winning formula - and he would bring a fantastic comic edge to the panel," a source mentioned regarding the potential switch-up involving Alan stepping in for Bruno. Ahead of the latest series, Bruno Tonioli shared his enthusiasm for returning to Britain's Got Talent, saying: "I enjoyed it so much! And as long as they want me, I'm on it, because obviously I haven't done it before and they allow me to be myself. They have all been so supportive, and for me, every show is an adventure, and that's how I approach it. One day to the next is never the same! That's why it's so exciting to be a part of."

Simon Cowell later addressed rumours about Bruno's future on the panel, confirming that while there may be a temporary replacement due to scheduling conflicts, Bruno is not leaving permanently. Simon stated: "I spoke to the producers literally two weeks ago about there is a scheduling issue with Bruno. Because we're doing the auditions... some of the auditions this year and he's going to be in America.

"So maybe there'll be a stand in for him. I don't know. But I love Bruno on the show. I think he's brilliant. He knows so much about what he's talking about. And actually, he's a brilliant, brilliant judge and the nicest person. So no, I would not replace him! He's coming back."