Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas reveals Bruno Tonioli gave her bruises

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has revealed that Bruno Tonioli has been giving her bruises.

The Strictly star told It Takes Two host Zoe Ball that her fellow judge’s flailing arms had left her with some injuries.

Zoe admitted that "people are worried" because flamboyant Bruno keeps whacking Shirley while emphatically giving his feedback to the dancers.

Shirley started giggling as she watched a montage of all the times Bruno had nearly knocked her off her chair.

The head judge confessed: "I’ve had a few bruises from Bruno."

Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas reveals Bruno Tonioli gave her bruises

Shirley has been left with bruises on her shoulder
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Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas reveals Bruno Tonioli gave her bruises

Bruno’s flailing arms have caused chaos
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Shirley admitted that she is able to cope with Bruno’s over the top performances because she has taken up boxing lessons.

This enables her to dodge, duck and dive out of the way of his flailing arms on Saturday nights.

Zoe asked: "Did you realise it would be so dangerous this job?"

Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas reveals Bruno Tonioli gave her bruises

He loves an embrace with Shirley
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Defending her co-judge, Shirley said: "He talks with his arms and I wouldn’t have him any other way.

"I took up boxing lessons. I’ve got great peripheral vision. I just love him the way he is."

Zoe presented Shirley with a gift that may come in use when Bruno goes to whack her.

Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas reveals Bruno Tonioli gave her bruises

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Shirley burst out laughing when she was given a personalised red safety helmet to wear during the show.

The head judge said she was very excited for musicals week and called for the celebs to bring some "passion".

On what she’s looking out for, she said: "I think the technique is pretty set now in everybody, now it will be mental stability. Who will go to the end line."

Strictly Come Dancing airs this weekend on BBC One

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