'Strictly' 2021: Where is Bruno Tonioli? Who is on the judging panel?

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Bruno Tonioli attends the press night of 'Anything Goes' at Barbican Theatre on August 04, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Bruno Tonioli will not judge 'Strictly' in 2021. (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Strictly Come Dancing is back with a different judging panel for 2021 - but where is Bruno Tonioli?

The TV star has been a regular member of the judging panel since the BBC One show began in 2004, so his absence for the 2021 series is notable.

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Meanwhile, pro dancer Anton Du Beke has moved over to the other side of the dancefloor by joining the judges.

Here's all you need to know about this year's panel shake-up.

Where is Bruno Tonioli?

Bruno Tonioli will miss his first Strictly Come Dancing episode in 13 years!
Bruno Tonioli has been with 'Strictly' since the beginning. (Getty)

Italian choreographer and dancer Bruno Tonioli has sat on the judging panel since Strictly Come Dancing began in 2004, so he will be hugely missed by viewers in the 2021 series.

Tonioli cannot take part in this year's show as he is also a judge on Dancing With The Stars in the US, which runs at the same time as Strictly, and COVID travel restrictions will not allow him to travel between the two countries.

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He had the same problem last year, joining Strictly for video calls on a Sunday night as the show went down to a panel of three, but this time producers have opted to replace him completely.

It had been hoped that he would be back for this series, so Tonioli doesn't seem to have permanently quit Strictly for the moment - there's every chance he could be back in his seat (and falling out of it) by 2022.

Will Anton Du Beke judge for the full series?

Anton Du Beke has hung up his dancing shoes. (BBC)
Anton Du Beke has hung up his dancing shoes. (BBC)

This season, the judging panel is back up to a full house of four, with pro dancer Anton Du Beke filling in for Tonioli.

Du Beke was a guest judge for two weeks in 2020 when Motsi Mabuse had to isolate for two weeks after travelling to Germany, but this time he will act as a judge for the full series.

He is the only dancer to have competed in every series of the show since it began, so this year will be a big change for the star.

DANCING WITH THE STARS -
Tonioli is busy on 'Dancing With The Stars'. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)

Tonioli couldn't be more pleased at his replacement, saying: "Whilst I am gutted to not be on the show this year... Anton IS Mr Strictly and if anybody is filling in for me, it has to be him."

Du Beke added: "It's a dream come true to be judging alongside the best of the best and I promise to be kinder to all the couples than any of them have ever been to me."

Who are the other Strictly 2021 judges?

Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood The Strictly Come Dancing 2020 judges (BBC)
Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood are all back. (BBC)

Viewers will be familiar with the rest of the line-up, which remains the same.

Shirley Ballas is head judge again after joining Strictly in 2017 as Len Goodman's replacement leading the panel.

Motsi Mabuse, the older sister of reigning Strictly champion Oti, is also returning to her role for the third year running.

And Craig Revel Horwood, who has been with the show since the beginning, is back again with his acid-tongued wit.

Who else has been a judge on Strictly?

Strictly's Brendan Cole thinks he's the 'right' man to replace Len Goodman
Len Goodman was head judge before Shirley Ballas. (Getty)

The original judging line-up included ballroom guru Len Goodman as head judge, but he was replaced by Ballas after he chose to retire from the show in 2016.

Goodman, Tonioli and Revel Horwood were also joined by Arlene Phillips for the first four years on air before she was controversially dropped in 2008 in favour of Alesha Dixon.

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Singer Dixon had won the 2007 series of Strictly but turned judge from 2009 to 2011.

From 2012 until 2018, ballerina Darcey Bussell sat on the judging panel after impressing as a guest judge in 2009.

Guest judges have also included Jennifer Grey, Donny Osmond and Alfonso Ribeiro.

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