Cheryl tipped to replace Bruno Tonioli as Strictly Come Dancing judge

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Cheryl has been tipped to replace Bruno Tonioli as a judge on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Doubts have been cast over whether Bruno, 64, will be able to take his seat behind the judging panel of the hit BBC One show for the first few weeks of the upcoming season.

As he is also a judge on the American version of the show, Dancing With The Stars, it is unclear whether Bruno will be able to travel freely between the two countries due to travel restrictions following the coronavirus outbreak.

It is now believed that 36 year old Cheryl could take his place alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse on the panel for the first few weeks of the series.

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With a rush of bets previously placed on the former Girls Aloud singer to compete in the series this year, bookies have now tipped her to become a judge instead.

Coral's John Hill said: "With doubts over Bruno Tonioli's availability this year, we have slashed the odds on Cheryl being a judge on Strictly in 2020.

"Cheryl has been linked with being a contestant on Strictly for a while and they may just get their target this year, but in the judges' chair, rather than the dance floor."

Aside from The X Factor, Cheryl has also sat behind the judges' desk on BBC dance show The Greatest Dance alongside Glee star Matthew Morrison, RuPaul's Drag Race's Todrick Hall and Strictly professional Oti Mabuse.

However, the show was axed earlier this year after just two series.

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The BBC show tweeted in May: "Sadly, The #GreatestDancer will not be returning for another series.

"We want to thank you for ALL your support and dedication. You've all been incredible fans. Stay safe, Team TGD."

A BBC spokesperson addd: "Whilst there are no plans for a further series, we are proud of the show and would like to thank everyone involved."

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An insider told The Sun at the time: "The writing was on the wall a while back.

"Now the BBC and everyone involved has decided enough is enough and they've binned it.

"Critics liked it and it pulled in a younger audience. But the cost of the big production for the ratings the show delivered was too much."

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