Janette Manrara gets emotional as she returns to Strictly set after quitting role as a pro

Strictly: Janette Manrara says she’s ‘so emotional’

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Janette Manrara, 37, has admitted she was left “quite emotional” after filming with the Strictly Come Dancing professionals yesterday. The Miami-born dancer shared on her Instagram story that she had been working with her former colleagues on the opening section for the BBC competition.

Back in June, Janette was confirmed as the new host of Strictly’s It Takes Two, after Zoe Ball stepped down.

Prior to her latest role, the dance floor siren had performed on Strictly as a pro for eight years.

She has now shared: “I’m just home, I’m exhausted, I’ve been actually quite emotional, because I’ve been with the pros today. 

“Filming one of the group numbers that I have been working on with them.

“I was so emotional, they are such an incredible group of people. I feel so honoured to have danced with them for so many years and to still be able to work with them now. 

“Yeah I love that group, you guys are in for some incredible pro dances,” she teased.

Janette first joined Strictly in 2013 dancing with Julien MacDonald. She went on to partner with Jake Wood (2014), Peter Andre (2015), Melvin Odoom (2016), Aston Merrygold (2017), Dr Ranj Singh (2018), Will Bayley (2019) and last year with HRVY. 

However now she is set to take on her latest challenge by hosting the programme’s spin-off alongside Rylan Neal-Clark.

Married to Strictly pro dancer Aljaz Škorjanec, Janette recently explained her husband has had to temporarily move out due to the show.

“We always do a big rehearsal for all the pro dances and they get rehearsed and sometimes even filmed before the series begins,” she told OK! last week.

“Because Covid is still an issue, in order for the show to continue moving forward with the professional numbers, the professionals and the production team have to isolate to rehearse and film all the pro dances, which means Aljaž will have to move out of our home,” she continued.

The TV host said they won’t be able to live together, but it won’t be “as long as last year”.

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“Last year we had to isolate for the whole series and I didn’t see Aljaž for 11 weeks. But this time it’s only the four weeks of pro rehearsals,” she explained.

The couple have been together for 10 years and speaking on their podcast, Twist and Shout, they said they are the best of friends whilst detailing all the “kind” things they do for one another.

“Kindness shows grace, it shows understanding, it shows support, it shows comfort, all those words kind of fall beneath the umbrella of the word kindness,” she said.

On how she wished she was kinder at the beginning of their relationship, the new It Takes Two presenter asked if her partner agreed – which, he didn’t. 

“I was hoping you’d follow me on that one,” she then laughed.

Janette added: “One of the biggest things I think in our marriage is, we really really try and be kind to each other. Kindness is about friendship as well and you and I as husband and wife feel like we’ve got a friendship.”

Last month, the lovebirds celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary. 

“Bučko! We have the BIGGEST reason to smile and celebrate today…. EACH OTHER! Happy Anniversary! 10 years in love, but today 4 years since the most epic 3 weddings! Haha!” Janette wrote online.

“You make me laugh (you’re getting funnier), you give me strength, you give me friendship, and most of all… love. I could not have asked for a better soul mate! I love you so much! Cannot wait to celebrate.”

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One. It’s due to return later this month.

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