Updated 15th November 2021
Strictly Finalist 2020 – Janette Manrara and Strictly Champion Aljaz Skorjanec are professional dancers on BBC Strictly Come Dancing having danced together in sensational West End show ‘Burn the Floor’.
The 2021 Series saw Aljaz partnered with Entrepreneur and Dragons Den Star Sara Davies.
Aljaz secured his investment of 100% commitment from Sara, starting the series off with a vibrant Cha Cha Cha. Their simply stunning Slow Foxtrot in week 2 propelled them from the bottom of the leaderboard to the top – simply gorgeous.
In week 4 Aljaz and Sara impressed Craig with their traditional Tango, saying it was spectacular. They earned a well-deserved spot at the top of the leaderboard with their beautiful, passionate Tango – Sara was truly inspirational. Aljaz was absolutely thrilled with their score of 36 – the highest he’s ever achieved for a Tango.
Aljaz and Sara worked way more than 9-5 to perfect their quickstep in week 7. It was a pleasure to watch with brilliant choreography as always from Aljaz. Aljaz and Sara’s atmospheric week 8 Argentine Tango was beautiful to watch. Sadly they found themselves in the dance off and became the next couple to leave the competition. We’ll miss this inspiring couple on the dance-floor.
The 2020 series of Strictly saw Aljaz partnered with BBC Radio One DJ Clara Amfo.
Aljaz Skorjanec was of course Strictly Come Dancing Champion 2013
In 2021 Janette moved to a presenting role, presenting Strictly Spin-Off BBC Two – It Takes Two.
Janette can be seen doing a fantastic job on It Takes Two every Tuesday & Wednesday evening. We’re also loving seeing Janette presenting alongside Gethin Jones weekdays on BBC Morning Live.
In 2020 Janette made it all the way to the Strictly finals with popstar HRVY (Harvey Leigh Cantwell.
Janettes first time in the final since she became a pro dancer on the show in 2013. Together Janette & HRVY performed some dazzling routines including their Jive, American Smooth plus stunning showdance to Boogie Wonderland.
Learn all about Aljaz & Janette’s amazing dancing career, view photos & videos plus read all their latest news below
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‘What an amazing weekend! Thank you so much for inviting us, we are so happy to be part of your beautiful event. A clear 10 from me!’ Aljaz Skorjanec
‘What a FAB-U-LOUS event to attend. A real feel good weekend, cannot wait to be back’ Janette Manrara
31 years old (born 19th February 1990)
What do you think? Aljaz proposed to Janette in August 2015 and they married in July 2017. Not content with just one celebration, the couple had three and celebrated with family and friends in London, Miami and Slovenia.
This cheeky chappy starting dancing at the age of five and is a 19-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom, Latin and Ten dance. He’s also successfully represented Slovenia in world Latin and Ballroom Dance championships, appeared in Slovenia’s version of Strictly and was one of the lead dancers in the West End show, ‘Burn the Floor’, in 2013.
His wife, Janette Manrara.
Aljaz loves both the Paso Doble and the Foxtrot.
We first got a glimpse of that oh so cheeky smile five years ago when Aljaz hit our screens back in 2013.
Entrepreneur and Dragons Den Star Sara Davies.
On joining Strictly, Sara said: “Strictly has been a dream I’ve had my whole life. The business world has taught me that tenacity, drive and determination deliver results, I hope that I can bring that to the dancefloor.”
Abbey Clancy, Alison Hammond, Helen George, Daisy Lowe, Gemma Atkinson, Kate Silverton, Emma Weymouth, Ciara Amfo
Of course he has! Have you seen those snake hips? Aljaz won his debut series back in 2013 when he partnered Abbey Clancy and they were fondly known as the ‘A-Team’.
Yes, he lost a faux ear whilst performing a Charleston with Gemma Atkinson to The Jungle Book’s Bear Necessities during Movie Week in 2017.
Find out more about Aljaz’s dancing profile on his official BBC Strictly Come Dancing profile page.
38 years old (born 16th November 1983)
I’m afraid she’s already hitched. Aljaz proposed to her in August 2015 and they married in July 2017. The couple celebrated in style with three celebrations in London, Miami and Slovenia.
Janette has studied Ballroom, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Salsa and Hip Hop and was also a principal dancer on Fox’s hit series ‘Glee’, as well as the ‘Glee Live Tour’. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also worked on the ‘82nd Annual Academy Awards’, starred in hit US series ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and danced with Jennifer Lopez in the season six finale. And as we’ve already mentioned, she was also one of the lead dancers in the West End show, ‘Burn the Floor’ with hubby, Aljaz.
Where have you been? It’s Aljaz.
Janette loves both the Rumba and the Quickstep.
The highly talented Janette hit the Strictly dance floor back in 2013 for the 11th series of show.
Sadly no partner this year as Janette is presenting It Takes Two
HRVY, Julien Macdonald, Jake Wood, Peter Andre, Melvin Odoom, Aston Merrygold and Will Bayley.
No not yet, but it’s definitely on the cards. In 2020 Janette made it to the finals with HRVY, 2017’s pairing with Aston Merrygold and their exceptional dancing had them tipped as finalists, but they were shown the door in week 7.
As if we’d spot a wardrobe malfunction. Have you seen how quickly this pocket rocket moves?
Find out more about Janette’s dancing profile on her official BBC Strictly Come Dancing profile page.
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Find out all about Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara’s 2022 show-stopping tour ‘Remembering The Oscars’
Find out all about The 2022 Burn The Floor 25th Anniversary Reunion Tour – starring Aljaz & Janette
Learn more about all your favourite Strictly Pro’s here;
– Aljaz Skorjanec
– Amy Dowden
– Anton du Beke
– Dianne Buswell
– Giovanni Pernice
– Gorka Marquez
– Graziano di Prima
– Janette Manrara
– Johannes Radebe
– Jowita Przystal
– Kai Widdrington
– Karen Clifton
– Katya Jones
– Kevin Clifton
– Luba Mushtuk
– Nadiya Bychkova
– Nancy Xu
– Neil Jones
– Nikita Kuzmin
– Oti Mabuse