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Bruno Tonioli is a dancer and choreographer who has been a judge on Britain's Got Talent since Series 16.

After a leak that former judge David Walliams made rude comments about two contestants who competed on Series 14 of Britain's Got Talent during a break in taping for the show was made in November 2022, Walliams' future on the show became uncertain, however in 2023 it was confirmed Walliams would not be returning for the sixteenth series and would instead be replaced by Tonioli.[1][2][3]

As well as his appearance on the show, Tonioli is well known for his autobiographical book entitled 'Bruno: My Story', alongside acting roles in 'Blake's 7' where he played an uncredited dead young man, 'Oscar' where he played Peppino, 'Murder of a Moderate Man' where he played an Italian Policeman, 'Absolute Beginner's' where he played a Maltese Lodger, 'The Bill' where he played Rolf, 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' where he portrayed a fictionalised version of himself, 'Fuller House' where he played Giuseppe Pignoli and 'Horrible Histories' where he played Emperor Nero.[4]

Tonioli is perhaps best known for his judging stints on 'Dancing With The Stars' on ABC, 'Dance X' on BBC alongside its American equivalent 'Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann'. Between 2004 and 2019, he served as a judge on the first seventeen series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, however for most of series 17 was only present via video call during the results show due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Rather than continue the set-up established in series 17 the following series, Tonioli was replaced on the judging panel by former professional dancer Anton DuBeke, however Tonioli returned for a special performance during the 2022 Christmas Special. In 2022, he appeared as Pearly King on the second series of 'The Masked Dancer UK' where he placed 3rd overall.[5]

Preferred Acts[]

As a dancer, choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge, Bruno is a fan of dance acts of any kind, yet seems to prefer when acts perform but one singular style of dance. However, he is also known for his liking of any kind of act which is able to move him to the point of tears, such as any kind of singers who perform upon the show. Despite this, a number of his favourite acts are dance acts and like fellow judge Alesha Dixon, he too is often asked for his professional opinion on the dancers.

Other Appearances[]

Golden Buzzers[]

2023 (First Golden Buzzer): Ghetto Kids

2023 (Second Golden Buzzer): Gamal John

2024 (Second Golden Buzzer): Taryn Charles

2024 (First Golden Buzzer): Phoenix Boys

Judges Golden Moments[]

2023: United 2 Dance

2024: Amasing (Shared with Simon Cowell)


  • Tonioli is the second judge to have previously served as a judge on BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing', as he was preceded by Alesha Dixon who served as a judge upon the show between 2009 and 2011 as by 2012 she left in order to become a judge on Series 6 of Britain's Got Talent alongside David Walliams.
  • Tonioli is the third person affiliated with Britain's Got Talent to compete on 'The Masked Dancer UK', as he was preceded by Jordan Banjo from Diversity as Viper and BGT Series 3 guest judge Kelly Brook as Frog. Furthermore, he is the highest placing contestant on the Masked Dancer UK to have an affiliation with BGT.
  • First act to vote 'Yes' to: The Big Sing (Televised Edit)
  • First act to 'Buzz': Darth Vader
  • First act to vote 'No' to: Darth Vader
  • First act to 'Buzz; and still vote 'Yes' to: Tom Crosbie