Strictly 2020 judges: Who will replace Bruno Tonioli?

NEWS that Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli might not be back on the show's next series will be concerning for his fans.

Tonioli lives in Los Angeles, California when he's not on the BBC dance show and with travel restrictions in the way many will be questioning who could replace him, but Cheryl is being hotly tipped to fill his spot.


Cheryl's seems to be the most likely star to replace Bruno on Strictly this year. In June Bruno even gave former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl, 36, his blessing to replace him.

Cheryl is no stranger to the judge's table. The former Girls Aloud member was on the panel of The X Factor and on BBC's The Greatest Dancer.

Cheryl is odds-on at 1-2 to be a judge on Strictly this year, according to bookmaker Coral.

Coral's John Hill said: "With doubts over Bruno Tonioli's availability this year, we have slashed the odds on Cheryl being a judge on Strictly in 2020.

"Cheryl has been linked with being a contestant on Strictly for a while and they may just get their target this year, but in the judges' chair, rather than the dance floor."

 Len Goodman

Close behind Cheryl, Len Goodman's name has been touted with odds of 2-1.

The former Strictly judge was replaced by Shirley in 2017.

However, lockdown stopped Len resuming his panel job on Dancing With The Stars in the US, so he has remained in the UK – so perhaps Strictly may take advantage of this.

Anton Du Beke

Bookies Coral have put Anton's odds to take up the judging role at 5-2. 

Anton is the only professional dancer to have starred on the show in all 17 seasons.

Many think Bruno's open role might be the perfect opportunity from Anton to hop from the dancefloor to the judges' table.

Stacey Dooley

Stacey Dooley knows the Strictly dance floor well.

The documentary star won the BBC competition in 2018 with her dance partner and now-boyfriend Kevin Clifton.

Bookies Ladbrokes has put Stacey's odds to take up the judging role at 3-1, slashed from 8-1.

James Jordan

James Jordan has had a lot of dancing experience, having appeared as professional dancer on the show from 2006 to 2013.

His skills on the dancefloor have left fans to speculate he could be the one to fill in for Bruno.

However, last year, James caused controversy after saying judge Craig Revel Horwood, should be axed from the BBC show, calling him “Mr Nasty”.

His outspoken opinions may set back his chances of filling in for Bruno.

Kevin Clifton

Kevin Clifton has judging experience on ITV special All Time Musicals.

Kev also knows the in and outs of Strictly – he's been on the show for 6 years, been in four Finals and won the show with Stacey in 2018.

After quitting Strictly in April, Kevin has said he wants to pursue a theatre career.

But could that change if a judging role becomes available?

Arlene Phillips

Queen Arlene was on Strictly's original judging panel when the show began in 2004.

She held the role for five years, so it's clear Arlene knows her stuff.

Having worked as a professional choreographer and a judge on multiple dance competitions, like So You Think You Can Dance, she is qualified for the job.

Arlene has been working on a musical this year and a secret project which involves “TV drama with dance”, so she may not have time to take up a new role.

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