Bruno Tonioli, 64, casts a relaxed figure as he goes shirtless on outing in Los Angeles as Strictly Come Dancing returns to TV without him
He was conspicuously absent from Strictly Come Dancing as the show returned to screens this weekend.
And Bruno Tonioli cut a relaxed figure as he stepped out to visit a neighbor in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The TV judge, 64, showed off his physique as he was shirtless for the outing and wore a pair of dark brown shorts.
Outside: Bruno Tonioli, 64, cut a relaxed figure as he stepped out to visit a neighbor in Los Angeles on Saturday
Sporting a silver chain around her neck, the professional dancer completed her look with a pair of sliders.
Bruno is currently based in California where he is working on Dancing With The Stars, the American version of Strictly.
The Covid-19 pandemic has prevented him from traveling between London and Los Angeles, as he usually does to work on both shows.
Despite the universal excitement of seeing Strictly again on TV on Friday, some fans couldn’t help but reflect on dance aficionado Bruno’s absence.
Soaking up the sun: The TV judge showed off his physique as he was shirtless for the outing and wore a pair of dark brown shorts
A fan posted on Twitter: “No Bruno Tonioli on Strictly this year, I’m complaining to Ofcom.”
Another viewer said: ‘Glad to have Strictly again! A little sparkle is what we all need right now! I loved the opening routine.
“It’s a bit strange, however, without an audience … and without Bruno Woman dancing.
A third fan wrote: “#Strictly without Bruno, it’s like a rainbow without the colors”.
Casual: Sporting a silver chain around the neck, the professional dancer completed her look with a pair of sliders
It is believed that the BBC bosses are still keen to bring Bruno to the UK and hope he could make a comeback for the Strictly final later this year.
A source told the Daily Star: ‘Everyone at Strictly was devastated when they learned that Bruno was going to be retiring from this year’s series.
“ The travel restrictions in place because of the coronavirus meant he couldn’t come and go to do both shows this year, so he chose Dancing With The Stars. But the producers of Strictly were still keen for him to make an appearance if that was possible.
The source added, “ Dancing With The Stars usually ends a few weeks before the finale of Strictly. The plan is therefore for Bruno to return to the United Kingdom as soon as he has finished his engagements in the United States.
Adoration: Strictly Come Dancing returned to screens on Friday night and viewers emotionally celebrated the dance contest as it ‘restored normalcy’ amid the pandemic
“ He will have enough time left to do two weeks in quarantine if necessary. And then he’ll be free to make his comeback on Strictly.
MailOnline has reached out to representatives for Bruno for comment.
It comes after Strictly Judge Craig Revel Horwood, who has appeared on the show alongside Bruno since 2004, said he was confident the choreographer would make a “ triumphant return ” in 2021.
He said: ‘They could send guest judges for fun. Then, when everything is back to normal, Bruno will be able to make his triumphant return!
Missing chair: While many fans rejoiced, others expressed disappointment that Strict Judge Bruno was absent for the show