Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli will be replaced by Alfonso Ribeiro AGAIN as he misses one live show for the third year running to focus on Dancing With The Stars

Bruno Tonioli will miss one live show from the current series of Strictly Come dancing for the third consecutive year in order to fulfil work commitments in the United States.

The long-serving judge is to be replaced by actor Alfonso Ribeiro while he travels to the US for a separate, pre-arranged appearance on Dancing with the Stars.

The cross-over means Italian dancer Tonioli, 63 – a hugely popular presence on the judging panel - will miss week five on Saturday, October 19.

Busy man: Bruno Tonioli will miss one live show from the current series of Strictly Come dancing for the third consecutive year in order to fulfil work commitments in the United States

Busy man: Bruno Tonioli will miss one live show from the current series of Strictly Come dancing for the third consecutive year in order to fulfil work commitments in the United States

A source confirmed to MailOnline: 'Thirteen celebrity couples remain in the race to be crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion 2019. 

'Each of them will take to the floor in a bid to impress the awesome foursome judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and returning guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro, in the studio, as well as viewers at home.'   

Ribeiro, best known for his former role as Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, is familiar with the Strictly format having previously replaced Bruno for one-night only in 2018. 

The 48-year old, an accomplished dancer in his own right, also won the 19th series of Dancing with the Stars alongside professional partner Witney Carson.

Bruno was not replaced by the BBC during his first unavoidable absence, caused by a scheduling cross-over between the two shows, in 2017.

Stand-in: The long-serving judge is to be replaced by actor Alfonso Ribeiro while he travels to the US for a separate, pre-arranged appearance on Dancing with the Stars

Stand-in: The long-serving judge is to be replaced by actor Alfonso Ribeiro while he travels to the US for a separate, pre-arranged appearance on Dancing with the Stars

Week five will see Ribeiro take his place on the judging panel with show regulars Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and new judge Motsi Mabuse. 

Bosses may well have been encouraged to draft the actor in for a second consecutive year after he received an enthusiastic response from fans during his first. 

Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to comment on Ribeiro, who performed a  snappy dance move en route to the judging desk - but failed to perform his legendary 'Carlton Dance.' 

Success: The actor, 47, who won Dancing With The Stars in 2014, was a huge hit with show watchers as they flocked to Twitter to demand he become a show regular

Success: The actor was a huge hit with viewers when he replaced Tonioli for one-night only in 2018

Success: The 48-year old, an accomplished dancer in his own right, also won the 19th series of Dancing with the Stars alongside professional partner Witney Carson

Success: The 48-year old, an accomplished dancer in his own right, also won the 19th series of Dancing with the Stars alongside professional partner Witney Carson 

A source told The Sun at the time: 'Everyone is excited to have Alfonso on the judging panel. He will bring great energy to show following his winning appearance on Dancing with The Stars.'

While Alfonso returns to the UK, Bruno will take part in the 28th season of Dancing With The Stars alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Leah Remini and former Strictly Come Dancing colleague Len Goodman.  

MailOnline has contacted a representative for further comment.  

Across the pond: Bruno will take part in the 28th season of Dancing With The Stars alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Leah Remini and former Strictly Come Dancing colleague Len Goodman

Across the pond: Bruno will take part in the 28th season of Dancing With The Stars alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Leah Remini and former Strictly Come Dancing colleague Len Goodman

 

 

Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli will be replaced by Alfonso Ribeiro for the second year running

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