Bruno Tonioli waves goodbye to Strictly as he takes a week off and is replaced by Alfonso Ribeiro


STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Bruno Tonioli is being replaced for the week by Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Alfonso Ribeiro.

The 63-year-old is jetting off to The States and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air star is set to keep his seat warm.

Bruno is being replaced for a week on Strictly

The Italian stallion is busy with work commitments on US version of Strictly, Dancing With The Stars.

He wrote on Instagram: “I’m going to miss you guys! Stay safe and I will see you in a week.

“I’m cr*p at staying off my phone and so I’m not even going to try.”

He reassured Strictly fans he will be “back firing on all cylinders” when he returns to the judges’ desk the following week.

Bruno promised on Sunday’s results show: “Alfonso has been briefed and he is going to be even more energetic than me!

Alfonso Ribeiro will replace Bruno this week

“You are going to have so much trouble, I am telling you.

“I am coming straight back and I will be back firing on all cylinders.”

The larger than life character missed his first ever Strictly show in October 2017, followed by a week last October.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor Alfonso took his seat for a week – and he went down a storm.

Alfonso on the panel last year filling in for Bruno

The 48-year-old won series 19 of the US version in 2014 of Dancing With The Stars and was a big hit with viewers.

Alfonso will join fellow judges Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood for the weekend’s ballroom bonanza.

Alfonso as Carlton in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Alfonso won the US version Dancing With The Stars in 2014
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Bruno with Dancing With The Stars judges in the US
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As Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
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Alfonso is set to shake up the ballroom this weekend
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A rep for the BBC told The Sun Online that the celebs would face “returning guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro” on this Saturday’s show, describing the panel as an “awesome foursome”.

Bruno will be busy judging alongside former Strictly head judge, Len Goodman who leads the panel over the pond.

He’s joined by his pal Bruno and US TV star and dancer Carrie Ann Inaba.

Celeb contestants on the show this year include Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Der Beek and Khloe Kardashian’s ex-husband Lamar Odom.

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