He’s gearing up to judge this year’s Strictly Come Dancing hopefuls alongside Craig Revel Horwood who’s tipped to be the new lead adjudicator.
But it appears Bruno Tonioli needs to work on his own finger placement as he was seen scoffing a batted cod with his hands during a boozy lunch on Sunday.
The Italian critic, 60, joined interior designer Kelly Hoppen for fish and chips in west London where he unbuttoned his blue shirt to bask in the summer sun.
Down the hatch: It appears Bruno Tonioli needs to work on his own finger placement as he was seen scoffing a battered cod with his hands during a boozy lunch on Sunday
Moving on up? Craig Revel-Horwood may sashay his way to the top of the Strictly Come Dancing hierarchy – as it’s claimed BBC bosses want him to replace Len Goodman
Bruno showed off his phenomenal frame and completed the relaxed look with some funky blue shades.
The hunk noshed a traditional cod a chips, washed down with a carafe of rose wine.
Former Dragons’ Den investor Kelly, who is Sienna Miller’s stepmother, was looking radiant in a black dress and circular shades and stuck to bottled water.
Catch up: The Italian critic, 60, joined interior designer Kelly Hoppen for fish and chips in west London where he unbuttoned his blue shirt to bask in the summer sun
Hunk: Bruno showed off his phenomenal frame and completed the relaxed look with some funky blue shades
Hungry: Bruno engulfed the fish with his hands, popping it into the side of his mouth
Gone: The hunk noshed a traditional cod and chips, washed down with a carafe of rose wine
After their very animated lunch, Bruno tried to pop inside and pay without Kelly seeing him, but the waiter said he would have to pay outside.
As the waiter came over with the machine, Kelly, 57, protested and Bruno jokingly made a fist at her and blew her a kiss.
After leaving the restaurant, they popped into designer clothes shop American Vintage before driving off in Bruno’s personalised-plated blue Mercedes sports car.
Composed: Former Dragons’ Den investor Kelly, looking radiant in a black dress and circular shades that complemented her trademark golden locks, stuck to bottled water
Animated: The interior designer and the dancing judge engaged in some lively conversation
Condiments: Bruno applied a spot of salt to his fish before picking it up with his hands
It’s on me: Bruno blew Kelly a kiss as he grabbed the bill away from her and paid
The images emerge alongside reports that Craig Revel-Horwood may sashay his way to the top of the Strictly Come Dancing hierarchy.
According to The Mirror, the 51 year-old is being lined-up by TV bosses to replace out-going judge, Len Goodman.
Sneaky: After their very animated lunch, Bruno tried to pop inside and pay without Kelly seeing him
Foiled: The waiter told Bruno that he would have to pay outside so he returned to his seat
Gentleman: Bruno studied the bill and smiled before paying at the restaurant
Just browsing: After leaving the restaurant, they popped into designer clothes shop American Vintage
Flash: The pair then drove off in Bruno’s personalised-plated Mercedes sports car
A TV insider told the publication: ‘Craig is the obvious choice for the head judge job in many respects. He’s been there from the beginning and is part of the fabric of the show.
‘But there is a sticking point. They are wary of how the public would view Craig, because he is so different to Len, so they’re keen for Anton to be on the panel too.
‘Anton is very much the ‘grannies’ favourite’. His personality is more in line with Len’s. But they feel it is quite a leap to make from pro dancer to head judge, so it’s unlikely he’d get the head judge title.’
MailOnline have contacted representatives for both Mr Revel-Horwood and Strictly Come Dancing, but are yet to receive a response.
Outgoing: Len saddened fans earlier this year when he announced his departure
Judges line-up: Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli
The news comes just hours after it was revealed olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane has been confirmed for the new series.
The 18-year-old athlete – who has just taken part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – is the latest star to join the upcoming series of the BBC One show.
Although she is ‘obviously competitive’, Claudia isn’t expecting to make the final and said: ‘I just want to go there, enjoy it and challenge myself.
In action: Craig will go head-to-head with Anton Du Beke for the role of head judge
Raising the bar: Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane, 18, has been confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing
‘And she isn’t worried about the tough Strictly judges, explaining: ‘Some are harsher critics than others but I take criticism well.
She also revealed she was inspired to take part by fellow gymnast Louis Smith, who scooped the Glitterball trophy in 2012.
Claudia said: ‘I always watched it when Louis Smith was on. I love the different styles of dancing and the costumes. I love costumes that stand out. Lots of sparkles!’
Following in his footsteps: The talented teen revealed she was inspired to take part by fellow gymnast Louis Smith, who scooped the Glitterball trophy in 2012
Amazing athlete: Claudia made history by winning four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Hard at work: Claudia has just taken part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro
Claudia made history by winning four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
She also won three successive silvers at the European Championships and was named Young Sports Personality of the Year.
This comes after Anastacia was the tenth celebrity contestant to be confirmed for the Saturday night show on Friday.
New recruit: The news of Claudia joining the line-up comes after singer Anastacia was confirmed for the show on Friday
The announcement was made live on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 where Anastacia, 47, joined Dominic Cooper and former Strictly contestant Sophie Ellis-Bextor as a guest live in the studio.
But Chris slipped up on air when he accidentally said two-thirds of Anastacia’s full name before the official reveal.
The star told Chris: ‘I’m a total ’10’ on the level of excitement and definitely a ’10’ scared! Seriously though, I can’t wait to get started. Taking part in Strictly is a dream, it’s such a new challenge for me I’ve never done anything like this before so I hope I pull it off!!!’ she gushed.
‘I’ve got a lot of training to do before I’m twinkle toes so I’m eager to get my partner and get going! I’m ready!’ she added.
Hitting the floor: The US singer is the tenth celebrity contestant to be confirmed for the Saturday night hit, but admitted she’s full of nerves
Chicago born Anastacia has loved music from a young age, appearing in music videos and singing backing vocals until she finally secured a record deal with her debut album Not That Kind being released in 2000.
Songs such as Sick and Tired, One Day In Your Life and Left Outside Alone helped her clock up over 30 million sales, four headline tours and an MTV Europe Music Award.
Last year, Anastacia appeared on Strictly Come Dancing’s Blackpool special singing her hit single I’m Outta Love in the world famous Tower Ballroom, where she is thought to have caught the eye of the show’s producers.
Headed to the dancefloor: Naga Munchetty looked in great spirits as she left the BBC Breakfast studios on Thursday morning following the Strictly announcement
Bathroom to ballroom: Daisy Lowe has celebrated her upcoming appearance on Strictly Come Dancing in the best way possible – by treating fans to a sexy selfie
The singer has been open about her battle with cancer, making the decision to have a double mastectomy after two battles with breast cancer in 2003 and then ten years later in 2013.
In her statement about Strictly, the star explained: ‘After my double mastectomy, it stripped away a part of me that I feel I would like to find again.’
‘This opportunity has come at a perfect time to help me use and get to know my upper body again.’
Relishing it: Actor Danny Mac (picutred alongside co-star Jorgie Porter) has been revealed as the seventh contestant
No wonder she’s smiling: Louise Redknapp was the sixth celebrity contestant to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing
New addition: Presenter Melvin Odoom became the fourth celebrity to be announced for the forthcoming fourteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing last Friday
She joins Ed Balls, Will Young, Laura Whitmore, Ore Oduba, Melvin Odoom, Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac and Daisy Lowe who have already been announced as contestants for the new series of Strictly.
On Thursday BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty was confirmed, with the journalist admitting:
‘I was so surprised to be asked to take part – I never thought I’d have the courage to say yes, but it would be simply silly to turn down the chance to learn to dance with a professional.’
Got moves? TV and sports presenter Ore Oduba will also be taking to to the floor
Let’s dance! TV presenter Laura Whitmore is also taking part on the popular talent show
Multi talented: Alongside Laura in the confirmed line-up is Pop Idol champ Will Young, 37
Cga-cha-charming! Laura and Will join the first male politician to ever appear on Strictly – Ed Balls – who was announced last Monday