The head judge gave a glimpse of life behind-the-scenes on the BBC1 show

Bruno Tonioli “loves to run around in his underwear”, Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has said of her colleague.

Shirley, 57, said that the ballroom dancing show’s panel of judges – Bruno, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood –  have “amazing chemistry”.

Bruno Tonioli
Bruno Tonioli (Matt Crossick/PA)

Acid-tongued judge Craig has a bark that is “worse than his bite”, while Darcey is the “epitome of femininity”, she said.

And she told Good Housekeeping magazine: “Bruno is absolutely mad as a hatter, a joker, loves to just run around in his underwear.

“He’s cute, he’s got a great figure and he makes me laugh.”

Good Housekeeping magazine
Good Housekeeping magazine (Good Housekeeping)

The head judge said of her relationship with Darcey: “It’s unusual don’t you think? I think it’s really quite nice, two able women who are completely different from each other, but have this amazing chemistry.”

But her relationships with men away from the BBC1 show have not fared so well.

“I’m hopeless, hopeless, hopeless! I never get it right. … I don’t think I’ve had a date in three years,” she said of her lovelife.