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Rylan Clark-Neal wants Cheryl to replace Bruno Tonioli on Strictly Come Dancing

Rylan Clark-Neal has told that he'd love Cheryl to stand in for Bruno Tonioli as a Strictly Come Dancing star.

The 31 year old, who hosts Strictly spin-off It Takes Two with Zoe Ball, addressed speculation that Bruno might not be able to take on judging duties for Strictly's next series amid travel restrictions.

It's rumoured that Bruno won't be able to jet back and forth across the pond this year, as he's also a judge on US version, Dancing with the Stars.

But if worse comes to worst, Rylan has a solid replacement in mind.

"If Bruno does have to stick with Dancing with the Stars, it'll be really sad and he'll be really missed," he told OK!

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"But Cheryl would be great and is lovely. I've met her a couple of times and she's always so sweet, and talks to everyone."

He added: "But I am very low down in the Strictly chain, so my opinion won't matter at all!"

Cheryl's certainly got the dance show experience for the job, and has worked extensively with the BBC.

Rylan's put Cheryl's name forward for Bruno's replacement if he can't make it back from the US (Dave Benett/Getty Images)
It's thought Bruno may have to stay in the States amid travel restrictions (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

The BBC announced earlier this year that they would be cancelling The Greatest Dancer - on which Cheryl was a judge and mentor - despite a positive critical reception.

She sat on the judges' bench alongside Oti Mabuse, who's also a Strictly pro and danced her way to victory last year with Kelvin Fletcher.

If Bruno can't make it back from the States and Cheryl lands the Strictly gig, she'd be judging alongside Oti's sister Motsi, as well as head judge Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel-Horwood.

Rylan knows who he wants for the judges' bench - but says his opinion won't matter (BBC)

Rylan's returned to our screens recently on two counts.

First, he and Davina McCall turned up to look back at some of Big Brother 's best bits in Big Brother: Best Shows Ever.

And now he's also returned to his sofa alongside mum Linda for Celebrity Gogglebox.

Rylan and Davina have been running down their favourite Big Brother moments (Channel 4)
Rylan and his mum are fan favourites (Channel 4)

The pair have quickly cemented themselves as fan favourites, despite missing out on the first handful of episodes as they were kept apart by coronavirus.

Meanwhile, amid rumours that Piers Morgan won't be presenting Good Morning Britain for all that much longer, Rylan's name has been floated by fans as a potential replacement.

Already an ITV staple through his This Morning appearances, Rylan would be a familiar face to viewers to read the headlines and offer his own takes.

No doubt Piers' act is a tough one to follow, but Rylan's already shown he's got what it takes to tackle serious political journalism after he launched his own coverage of the 2020 general election.

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