Strictly Come Dancing has announced its judging line-up for the new series with dancefloor favourite Anton Du Beke joining the returning Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.

Du Beke, the longest-serving professional dancer in Strictly history, will be giving scores for the full series, having made two guest judge appearances in the 2020 season.

"Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding international travel restrictions caused by Covid-19, Bruno Tonioli, who has been a fixture on Strictly since 2004 and is also a judge on Dancing with the Stars in the USA, will be unable to take part in the series this year," the BBC explained.

"My loves, I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be stepping into Bruno's brogues for the next series of Strictly," said Du Beke, who has been part of the show since day one.

"It's a dream come true to be judging alongside the best of the best and I promise to be kinder to all the couples than any of them have ever been to me."

Tonioli added: "Whilst I am gutted to not be on the show this year, there is one person and one person only that could take my place - it's just a shame they weren't available... haha! Darlings, I'm kidding, I'm kidding!

"Seriously though, I have to tell you, Anton IS Mr Strictly and if anybody is filling in for me, it has to be him. I honestly wouldn't have it any other way and I am so excited to see him waggle his paddle."

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