Craig Revel Horwood wants to see Bruno Tonioli back as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing as he believes the panel is ‘flat’ without him.
Bruno, 65, is currently serving as a judge on the US version of the show, Dancing With The Stars, with Anton Du Beke, 55, taking his place in the UK this year as the Italian dancer was unable to fly back and forth due to pandemic travel restrictions.
But Craig, 56, is keen to see Bruno back on the BBC ballroom dance contest, with a TV source telling The Sun: ‘Craig feels the chemistry is a bit flat without Bruno.
Bold words: Craig Revel Horwood, 56, wants to see Bruno Tonioli, 65, back as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing as he believes the panel is ‘flat’ without him
‘He brought some pizzazz and expertise to the panel.’
Now flights to America have resumed, it is claimed Craig and a number of show executives would like to see Bruno make a comeback.
The source added: ‘Craig would love for his pal to return next year and thinks it’s possible now that the world is opening up.
Stateside: Bruno, 65, is currently serving as a judge on the US version of the show, Dancing With The Stars
‘They have a spark that is difficult to recreate. But Anton has a strong fan base and there is definitely a camp who would like him to stay.’
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Craig for comment.
The news comes as Craig gushed about John Whaite and his Strictly partner Johannes Radebe’s Rumba during Saturday’s show.
Emotive: Meanwhile, Craig gushed about John Whaite, 32, and his Strictly partner Johannes Radebe’s Rumba on Saturday, saying he wants to teach it to his fiancé for their wedding
Twinkle-toed judge Craig said he wanted him and his partner to learn the routine for their wedding dance.
The usually acid-tongued judge gave incredible feedback to the couple and it even inspired him for his special day when he will wed partner Jonathan Myring.
The couple met on Tinder and got engaged in March 2020 during a holiday to Tasmania, before announcing the happy news the following month.
What a performance: The usually acid-tongued judge gave incredible feedback to the couple and it even inspired him for his special day when he will wed partner Jonathan Myring
Speaking in his feedback to their dance where they performed a lively Rumba to Sting’s Shape Of My Heart, Craig said: ‘Wow! I will teach my fiancé this for my wedding dance!
‘I thought it was absolutely gorgeous, you could have a straighter leg but I totally loved it, it was brilliant.’
Speaking after the dance and holding back tears, John said: ‘I didn’t think I would get the chance to do this dance, I was so emotional at the start of the week, this dance is about mutual respect and the movement and to do it with this man is amazing.’
Cute: Craig and Jonathan, 35, met on Tinder and got engaged in March 2020 during a holiday to Tasmania, before announcing the happy news the following month
They scored an impressive 35, the highest Rumba of the series, which left them third on the leaderboard.
Craig is reportedly set to marry Jonathan at one of the most haunted places in the UK.
The star is said to be tying the knot with his horticulturalist partner, 35, at a church near Rutland Water, in an area once known as Witches Heath, which was said to be known for being a witchcraft hotspot.
The area dates back to the 1800s and is believed to have been a meeting place for witches.
While Witches Heath, which surrounds the church, has a history of ghost sightings and murder.
An insider told The Sun’s TV Biz column last month: ‘This will no doubt come as a surprise to Craig, who probably didn’t pick the location for its supernatural history, more its natural beauty.
‘Thankfully, he also has a great sense of humour so won’t see it as a hurdle to getting married there, unless he’s been hiding a deeply superstitious streak.’
MailOnline contacted representatives of Craig for comment at the time.
Romance: The Strictly Come Dancing judge is said to be tying the knot with his horticulturalist beau at a church near Rutland Water in the East Midlands