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Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli, Strictly Come Dancing judge, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Bruno Tonioli, dancer, choreographer and a judge on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, is Kirsty's guest.
He was brought up in Ferrara, Northern Italy, and was the only child of hard-working parents who hoped he would be an accountant. Bruno wanted to pursue a creative career and joined a raunchy cabaret dance troupe when he was a teenager, and performed across Europe. He went on to train in other areas of dance and choreography and spent the 1980s working on pop videos with The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bananarama, Boy George, George Michael, Duran Duran and many more.
Since 2004, Bruno has been a judge on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing and is a judge on the American version of the programme, Dancing with the Stars.

Presenter: Kirsty Young
Producer: Sarah Taylor.

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35 minutes

Music Played

  • Mina

    Insieme

    • Mina: The Platinum Collection.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Lady Gaga

    Born This Way

    • Born This Way.
    • Polydor.
    • 1.
  • The Rolling Stones

    Sympathy For The Devil

    • Beggars Banquet.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • David Bowie

    Starman

    • The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Édith Piaf

    Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

    • The Very Best of Edith Piaf.
    • EMI.
    • 15.
  • Bananarama

    Love In The First Degree

    • Wow!.
    • London Records.
    • 4.
  • Rod Stewart

    In My Life

    • The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart.
    • Warner Music UK.
    • 17.
  • CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE

    • Giacomo Puccini

      Nessun Dorma

      Performer: Luciano Pavarotti. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
      • Nessun Dorma.
      • Decca.
      • 1.
  • BOOK CHOICE

    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • LUXURY ITEM

    A cellar of Champagne

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Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Bruno Tonioli
Producer Sarah Taylor

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