Bruno Tonioli ‘stormed out and threatened to quit Strictly’ early

Bruno Tonioli ‘stormed out and threatened to quit Strictly’ early

April 17, 2023

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It has been a few years since Bruno Tonioli last appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, with him choosing to prioritise the American version of the show, Dancing With The Stars, around the same time Covid-19 travel restrictions made travelling between the UK and the US – like Bruno would normally do each week – impossible. However, it seems Bruno had thought about leaving the series much earlier than he did.

Reports have surfaced that Bruno stormed out of Strictly Come Dancing and threatened to quit, six years before he actually ended up leaving.

And it was a particular dance off decision the Italian dancer and judge wasn’t happy about, which almost led to his exit.

Back in 2016, singer Anastasia and her dance partner Brendan Cole ended up in the bottom two, alongside radio DJ and presenter Melvin Odoom and his dance partner Janette Manrara.

But because Anastasia pulled out that evening due to injury, this meant there was no dance off.

In a rather unprecedented decision for the show, the couple sent home would be the pair who received the fewest number of public votes and that week, it was Melvin and Janette.

Now, it has been claimed all of the judges, including Bruno, were made aware that Anastasia and Melvin had landed in the bottom two, before they started filming Sunday night’s pre-recorded show.

The judges were also told no dance off would take place that evening since Anastasia was unable to dance again.

However, once Bruno found out the public votes would determine the result, he reportedly disagreed with this decision and insisted Anastasia should automatically lose her place on the show, if she was unable to perform in the dance off.

It is said Bruno walked out to his car, in protest, before eventually being convinced to return back indoors to the set.

When this incident happened, the BBC denied any allegations of there being a “fix”.

Speaking to Digital Spy, a spokesperson for the BBC revealed: “There was no dance-off due to a confirmed injury.

“As per the Strictly Come Dancing rules, if the dance-off cannot go ahead, then the result reverts to the viewer vote.”

When Bruno did announce his departure from Strictly, during an appearance on BBC’s The One Show, he stated that it was “his decision” to leave.

Fans are now thrilled to have Bruno back on screens again on Britain’s Got Talent.

He broke down in tears after one performance on Sunday evening while another act led to him pressing his Golden Buzzer.

Britain’s Got Talent airs Saturday on ITV at 8pm.

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