Strictly Come Dancing fans should rejoice as beloved judge Bruno Tonioli is reportedly going to make a surprise comeback for the Christmas special.
The 66-year-old revealed earlier this year he had quit the BBC’s juggernaut series after 18 years to concentrate on the American spin-off, Dancing With The Stars.
Former Strictly professional dancer Anton Du Beke took his place for the 2022 edition of the competition series, alongside fellow judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood.
Meanwhile, Bruno judged the latest season of DWTS, which ended this week and was won by TikTok star Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas, with long-running colleague, Len Goodman.
However, according to reports, it isn’t the end for the dancer and Strictly Come Dancing in the UK, as he is set to return for the Xmas spectacular.
It is thought Bruno, who released an album of Italian music in 2016, will sing rather than perform a dance routine.
A source told the Daily Mail: ‘Bruno loves to sing. He did an opera album called An Italian Romance back in 2016 and who knows, it might turn into a new career for him.’
It wouldn’t be the first time Bruno has belted out a tune on Strictly, having performed a number on the show in 2019.
Taking to the stage in a white tux, Bruno was surrounded by bright pink feathers as he belted out Can’t Take My Eyes Off You during the opening episode.
Twitter, naturally, went into meltdown, with one fan writing: ‘Loving it! Bruno should do this every week. Love this old style entertainment..’
Another added: ‘Bruno and ostrich feathers = the apotheosis of camp! 1970s Saturday night tv. Loved it.’
As well as DWTS, Bruno has been seen on our screens this year in The Masked Dancer UK, when he was unveiled as Pearly King.
On signing up to the show thinking it was actually The Masked Singer, he joked: ‘I said, “Singer, oh yeah I’ll do it. Dancer?? You’ve got to be kidding me!” You should always read your contract.’
He added of his character: ‘It had such swagger, it’s good doing something so out of your comfort zone.’
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC One.