Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli eyeing up EastEnders role as new evil villain

Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli is eyeing up a stint as a villain on BBC soap EastEnders – after admitting he is keen to launch an acting career.

The flamboyant judge reckons he would make for the perfect soap baddie who turns up in Walford to terrorise the regulars.

Bruno, who will be absent from the Strictly studios when the show returns later this year, says he is hopeful show bosses would love to sign him up for a guest stint.

He said: “I would love to play a baddie on TV, a very evil character. I could be an Eastenders baddie. It would have to be scripted so I didn’t have to do it myself though.”

Bruno will miss out on his place on this year’s Strictly judging panel, while he takes part in the US version.

The TV favourite will still appear occasionally via video link.

The BBC dance competition was awarded the BAFTA for the Best Entertainment programme this year, much to viewers' delight.

Strictly beat three other nominees – The Greatest Dancer, The Rap Game UK and The Voice UK.

Speaking about Strictly's win, Bruno looked overjoyed as he thanked viewers for watching, promising many more years of quality television to come.

He said: "But the biggest thank you goes to all of you – our viewers. I'm telling you, without you, we would not be here.

"And we really hope to keep you entertained and happy for many years to come."

The presenter has been judging on the BBC show since it started back in 2004, and has only ever missed the show due to filming commitments for Dancing With The Stars.

He has been forced to step back from the show due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has prevented him from travelling to the UK over from Los Angeles, where the dancing show is filmed.

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This won't be the only change the show is going to make due to the pandemic, as it has been confirmed that both Halloween week and Blackpool are cancelled.

Presenter Claudia Winkleman will also not be allowed to speak to all of the celebs and professionals at the same time, and will have to do it one by one.

The celebrities will also be finding out their partners through a video link, rather than on a live show like on previous years.

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