Bruno Tonioli is missing this week’s Strictly Come Dancing and he’s been replaced by a very popular choice.
Hollywood A-lister Alfonso Ribeiro is covering for the panel’s most exuberant judge.
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star, best known for playing Will Smith’s cousin Carlton Banks on the US sitcom – immediately settled in alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Dame Darcey Bussell and Shirley Ballas on Saturday.
And viewers instantly warmed to him as he did an hilarious impression of Bruno while delivering his verdict on the first dance of the night from Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara.
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— Paula (@vintagepalola) 20 October 2018
— Shell_P82 (@Shell_P82) 20 October 2018
If you’re wondering who Alfonso/Carlton is, go and check out the Fresh Prince of Bel Air!!! One of the best sitcoms ever! Grew up with this guy 🙌🏽 @alfonso_ribeiro #Strictly pic.twitter.com/KCmqVHkmPb
— AH🌈✨ (@bearainbow15) 20 October 2018
Alfonso is great 😂 #strictly
— Emily (@Emilysm34286624) 20 October 2018
Alfonso Ribeiro AKA Carlton on Strictly is giving me life 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #Strictly
— Melvin Odoom (@Melvinodoom) 20 October 2018
Some viewers are already calling for him to join the panel permanently.
— ADADAPPADAN (@ADADAPPADAN) 20 October 2018
Can Alfonso replace Craig? #Strictly
— Ken Gregory (@iamken_gregory) 20 October 2018
— Lucy (@lac_portraits) 20 October 2018
The 47-year-old comedian – who competed on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2013 – has plenty of experience in dance, as he won the US version of Strictly, called Dancing With The Stars, in 2014, alongside his partner Witney Carson.
There was some criticism over Alfonso’s appearance however, as he blundered with his scoring by holding his paddle too high, revealing his decision too early.
One disgruntled viewer tweeted: “Alfonso needs to hide his paddle. Ooh er, missus. #Strictly.”
Another posted on social media: “Alfonso keeps holding his score sign too high we can already see what score he’s going to give #Strictly.”
A third wrote: “Alfonso needs to hide his paddle better – can see his score, #Strictly.”
Another shouted: “Alfonso you’re SHOWING THE SCORE #Strictly”
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