Bruno Tonioli is ‘earning £33k a minute’ for Strictly despite not being a judge this year

Bruno Tonioli is ‘earning £33k a minute’ for Strictly despite not being a judge this year

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Bruno Tonioli has been missing from his usual spot on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel this year. The dance experthas been unable to travel back and forth from the UK to America as he fulfils his other commitment as a judge on Dancing with the Stars. However, it’s been reported he is earning £33,000 a minute for his video links on Strictly’s results show every Sunday night. 

Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas have been judging this year’s contestants as a trio.

The BBC confirmed ahead of the 2020 Strictly launch that Bruno would remain at his LA home throughout the Strictly season.

Each year, Bruno usually makes the trip from the US to the UK so he can take part in both Strictly and Dancing with the Stars. 

However, coronavirus travel restrictions meant Bruno’s role on Strictly was reimagined and he’s been joining the judges for a debrief on Sunday’s results show via a video call

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Despite his smaller role, The Mail on Sunday reported Bruno has pocketed £125,000 this year from Strictly. 

This is half of his usual £250,000 pay packet but has meant he’s earned roughly £33,000 a minute. 

Bruno only appeared on the Saturday night instalment once for the first week on October 24.

Since then he’s only appeared during the Sunday debrief where Claudia Winkleman asks the judges what they thought of the night before.

A TV source revealed Bruno has been working behind-the-scenes for a lot longer than viewers may think.

“Bruno is with us for around six hours each week,” the source said.

“As with all talent, the time commitment for the show of course far exceeds on-screen time,” they told The Mail on Sunday. 

Express.co.uk contacted the BBC and a representative for Bruno Tonioli for comment. 

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Meanwhile, Strictly fans were divided over Bruno’s absence from the Strictly studio. 

One tweeted: “He may be a nice man, But what is the point of Bruno Waste of f*****g time him being on #strictly.”

“Is Bruno seriously going to keep his £125k salary this year for doing ZERO work other than a few minutes via zoom? #strictly @bbcstrictly,” another shared.

“I’m going to miss #Strictly’s attempts to fool us into thinking Bruno is really there by putting a matching background behind him,” a third tweeted.

“Whenever they mention Bruno I realise I haven’t missed him at all #strictly,” a fourth revealed. 

However, another added: “Its Bruno. I really hope he is back in the studio next week #Strictly.”

“Ugh I miss Bruno #Strictly,” someone else remarked. 

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday at 6pm.

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