Bruno Tonioli accidentally GROPES fellow judge Shirley Ballas 1

Bruno Tonioli accidentally GROPES fellow judge Shirley Ballas

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Bruno Tonioli was left red-faced when he accidentally groped his fellow judge Shirley Ballas during the Strictly Come Dancing tour in Birmingham on Sunday. 

The TV judge, 66, was giving a critique to last year’s Strictly winners Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice after their tango when he made the slip.

Praising the dance partners for their ‘passion’, Bruno put his hands around Shirley, 61, to demonstrate a move but accidentally grabbed her breast.   

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Awkward: Bruno Tonioli was left red-faced when he accidentally groped his fellow judge Shirley Ballas during the Strictly Come Dancing tour in Birmingham on Sunday

Awkward: Bruno Tonioli was left red-faced when he accidentally groped his fellow judge Shirley Ballas during the Strictly Come Dancing tour in Birmingham on Sunday

Realising his mistake, he said: ‘Oh sorry my love, I apologise.’

Shirley burst out laughing at the mishap as fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood jokingly put his face in his hands. 

As the laughs died down, host Janette Manrara said: ‘Are you OK, Shirley? OK, Bruno carry on with the dancing.’  

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Bruno carried on with his praise, saying: ‘It was all exquisite, and the shape. What was so special, she gives meaning, intention, purpose to everything. You acted the dance, you acted it beautifully.’

Accident: The TV judge, 66, was giving a critique to last year's Strictly winners Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice after their tango when he made the slip

Accident: The TV judge, 66, was giving a critique to last year’s Strictly winners Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice after their tango when he made the slip

Bruno missed out on judging last year’s Strictly as he chose to remain in America and judge Dancing With The Stars amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes after Shirley weighed in on romance rumours surrounding the current show tour as she was quizzed about the claims on Tuesday’s Lorraine.

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Earlier this month, MailOnline exclusively revealed that Nadiya Bychkova had split from her fiancé last year, and the Slovenian dancer is now said to be dating fellow pro Kai Widdrington.

Probed on rumours of secret tour romances, Shirley coyly alluded to tour romances but insisted that it ‘wasn’t her place to say’.

Red-faced: Shirley burst out laughing at the mishap as fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood jokingly put his face in his hands

Red-faced: Shirley burst out laughing at the mishap as fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood jokingly put his face in his hands

Lorraine Kelly, 62, probed: ‘I’m just wondering if you’re being sort of Auntie Shirley with all of this…. the romances… what’s going on? Everybody’s having a very nice time!’ 

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To which Shirley responded: ‘You know, romancing and dancing; things you know…I don’t really know what’s going on to be honest. 

‘It’s not my place to say who’s what, where and when. There’s always rumours you know that Lorraine.’

Her coy comments come after sources said Kai, 26, and Nadiya, 32, are ‘very much together’ and have ‘been dating for months’.

Slip up: Realising his mistake, Bruno said: 'Oh sorry my love, I apologise'

Slip up: Realising his mistake, Bruno said: ‘Oh sorry my love, I apologise’

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The pair are said have ‘grown close’ in the wake of Nadiya’s split from her fiancé Matija Škarabot.

The duo were also spotted headed into a hotel together 15 minutes after their Strictly co-stars and put on a tactile display, with Kai brushing his hand against mother-of-one Nadiya’s.

An onlooker told The Sun: ‘Kai and Nadiya didn’t seem at all secretive about their relationship – they’re a couple like any other.’

Another added: ‘Kai was outside the hotel for about 15 minutes and waited until everyone else in the touring party had checked in — but Nadiya came along a short while later.’

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The paper adds that ‘Nadiya and Matija actually separated months ago’ and footballer Matija is ‘furious’ about recent reports concerning their love life.

Coy: Strictly's Shirley appeared to confirm tour romance rumours amid claims Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington are dating, as she appeared on Tuesday's episode of Lorraine

Coy: Strictly’s Shirley appeared to confirm tour romance rumours amid claims Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington are dating, as she appeared on Tuesday’s episode of Lorraine 

Hot new couple? Earlier this month, MailOnline exclusively revealed that Nadiya Bychkova had split from her fiancé and she is now said to be dating fellow pro Kai Widdrington

Hot new couple? Sources said Kai, 26, and Nadiya, 32, are 'very much together' and have 'been dating for months'.

Hot new couple? Earlier this month, MailOnline exclusively revealed that Nadiya Bychkova had split from her fiancé and she is now said to be dating fellow pro Kai Widdrington

Last week, The Sun claimed Nadiya – who has been seen without her engagement ring on in recent days – and Kai’s behaviour has been ‘raising eyebrows’ behind-the-scenes.

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A source told the publication: ‘Nadiya is incredibly flirty and it has certainly raised eyebrows.’

The newspaper also claims that the pair enjoyed a dinner together in Birmingham during the tour earlier this week.

An onlooker claims they headed to a bar and chatted for two hours before heading back to the hotel.

Nadiya has been immersing herself in intense rehearsals for the tour, after her celebrity partner from last year’s series, Dan Walker, 44, became ‘pillar of strength and support’ after her break-up.

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Lorraine probed: 'I'm just wondering if you're being sort of Auntie Shirley with all of this.... the romances... what's going on? Everybody's having a very nice time!'

Lorraine probed: ‘I’m just wondering if you’re being sort of Auntie Shirley with all of this…. the romances… what’s going on? Everybody’s having a very nice time!’

Shirley said: 'You know, romancing and dancing; things you know...I don't really know what's going on to be honest. 'It's not my place to say who's what, where and when'

Shirley said: ‘You know, romancing and dancing; things you know…I don’t really know what’s going on to be honest. ‘It’s not my place to say who’s what, where and when’

The dancer is single after ending her engagement to Slovenian footballer Matija, 33, as exclusively revealed by MailOnline this month.

It was also revealed her partner on the 2021 series, BBC Breakfast host Dan, had been there for her during the split.

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Sources close to the stunning dancer revealed that she has been confiding in Dan after accepting the fact that her long-distance relationship with Matija was no longer working.

Dan has been married to wife Sarah for 21 years and the couple have three children.

One source told MailOnline: ‘Dan and Nadiya have such a great bond and he has been a pillar of strength and support for her following the breakup with Matija.

Separation: The dancer is single after ending her engagement to Slovenian footballer Matija, 33, as exclusively revealed by MailOnline this month

Separation: The dancer is single after ending her engagement to Slovenian footballer Matija, 33, as exclusively revealed by MailOnline this month

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‘The bond between them started during Strictly, leaving the cast and crew surprised at how close they became. They were literally inseparable and got on so well and this has continued even now the series is over.’

Another source added: ‘Dan supported Nadiya with everything, including her breakup, which only made their partnership stronger.

‘He even grew close to her mother and daughter, who really enjoyed watching them dance together on Strictly.

‘Dan and Nadiya enjoy a deep and special bond, which has really helped her to get on with her new life following the split.’

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Close: Nadiya has been immersing herself in the tour after her celebrity partner from last year's series, Dan Walker, 44, became 'pillar of strength and support' after her break-up

Close: Nadiya has been immersing herself in the tour after her celebrity partner from last year’s series, Dan Walker, 44, became ‘pillar of strength and support’ after her break-up

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