Bruno Tonioli wants to ‘drop dead on stage’

Bruno Tonioli wants to die on stage.

The 68-year-old Italian choreographer has had a career beyond his wildest dreams and the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge has no plans to retire because he loves his work, so he hopes that when the end comes, it will be while he is doing what he loves.

He told The Sun on Sunday: “If I drop dead, I’ll drop dead on stage. I love what I do. I’ve always had this dream since I was a child, and what happened is beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of.

“Obviously I had to work very hard, I had to teach myself languages, but I was still here, still working in Britain and still working in Hollywood. It’s like, ‘Wow! It’s fate.”

Bruno was one of the original judges on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ but left the 2020 series due to COVID-19 travel restrictions – and he hasn’t seen a single episode with his replacement, Anton Du Beke, on the panel.

He said: “I haven’t seen it but it’s funny, I never watched it when I was in it. I have no regrets.

“I’m still doing ‘Dancing With The Stars’ in America.

“I haven’t spoken to Anton, they are all still my friends.

“The show is extremely successful and I had a fantastic time there.”

In addition to his jury work, Bruno is keen to do more acting and has his eye on a sinister ‘villain’ role, although he doesn’t want people to think he’s just been hired as a ‘celebrity booking’.

He said, “I’ve sung, I’ve danced, I’ve done all that, but I want to play a bad guy.

“I would do it without a name because you put my name on it and they say it’s a celebrity booking, that’s nonsense.

“I want to play a bad guy, a mafioso, a drug dealer. I love ‘De Gentlemen’.”

Bruno admitted he is considering getting Botox injections – after realizing he is the only one on the ‘BGT’ panel, which also includes Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, with wrinkles.

He said: “I went into the bathroom, looked in the mirror and said, ‘Damn, I’m the only person with wrinkles.’

“I’m doing my thing, but I haven’t done Botox yet. I will now. There’s nothing wrong with looking better on screen, I’m not commenting on that.

“I think I could use a little bit. I’m very expressive, so I’m not sure I could handle it if I couldn’t move my face.

“But you have choices. I’m not one to criticize people’s choices.

“If it makes you feel better, there’s nothing wrong with it.”