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Bruno Tonioli: ‘Strictly is draining’

Strictly Come Dancing star Bruno Tonioli is looking forward to taking a break from his fellow judges on the show.

Strictly Come Dancing judge star Bruno Tonioli felt like he'd run a marathon after the latest series.

The Italian choreographer and dancer reunited with fellow panellists Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood for the 13th series, which finished when The Wanted star Jay McGuiness won on Saturday (19Dec15). Although Bruno loved being back in the spotlight, the TV personality admits it was tiring.

“It takes a lot out of you,” he sighed, according to Britain’s The Sun newspaper. “It started in September so by now, I’m always, ‘Oh my God,’ I can’t believe I did it.

“I feel like I have run a marathon. But they’re so good, you know – you need that energy, you need to give back to the dancers and the public. It’s all good.”

Bruno gets along with his co-judges like a house on fire, but is looking forward to having a break from them and enjoying Christmas (25Dec15) with his loved ones.

“We all have other things to do too but we all get on very, very well – there’s nothing untoward going on there,” he added of his colleagues.

“We love and respect each other. We all have our different lives, we’re not peas in a pod.”

However, the dancing pro didn’t confirm whether the line-up would be the same next year (16), though he hopes it will be.

“I can’t tell you any things that I don’t know,” he noted. “I’m not under contract so you have to cross that bridge when you come to it. Let’s just bask in and enjoy the success of this series. I don’t know – I’m not the BBC.”

Many will find it hard to believe that Bruno is 60 years old, and a recent chat with Mail Online gave fans an insight into his health. He insists he’s super-fit and visits the gym daily, but he’s not without his vices.

“Smoking is my only vice - about 20 cigarettes a day,” he revealed.

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