Last updated 8th Feburary 2019
are professional dancers on BBC Strictly Come Dancing and previously danced together in sensational West End show ‘Burn the Floor’.
Strictly Come Dancing Champion 2013
Hunky male dancer Aljaz from Slovenia is a 19-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom, Latin and Ten dance
Miami born Janette has starred in hit US series So You Think You Can Dance.
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Champion 2018
In August 2015 Aljaz popped the question and we’re thrilled to say Janette said ‘Yes’. Janette & Aljaz were married in London in July 2017 with celebrations in London, Miami & Slovenia.
The 2018 series of Strictly saw Aljaz partnered with TV broadcaster and journalist, Kate Silverton, and Janette partnered with NHS Doctor and TV presenter, Dr Ranj Singh.
Kate & Aljaz made it all the way to Blackpool for week 9. During the series they have performed some fabulous routines, including their Viennesse Waltz and of course the beautiful American Smooth at Blackpool Tower Ballroom – sadly they were eliminated from the competition at Blackpool
Sadly Dr Ranj & Janette left the competition on week 7. Together they brought us some memorable performances, including their Samba on week 7 – we missed the lovely Janette and her amazing choreography.
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
From Slovenia, Aljaz Skorjanec is a 19-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom, Latin and Ten dance, he has successfully represented Slovenia in world Latin and Ballroom Dance championships.
Aljaz Skorjanec’s first series of Strictly Come Dancing saw him lift the trophy with Model and TV Presenter Abbey Clancy.
Aljaz has appeared in the Slovenian version of Strictly Come Dancing and in 2013 was one of the lead dancers in sensational West End show Burn The Floor.
28 years old (born 19th February 1990)
Aljaz is delighted to be partnering TV broadcaster and journalist Kate Silverton. Together they have perfomred some amazing dance routines, including their sultry Tango in week 2
On joining Strictly, Kate said, “I love dancing and I love the joyfulness of the programme itself, so I am really looking forward to doing something I have never done before, which is to learn how to dance, take part in an entertainment show and generally immerse myself in a very different world to the one I am used to!”
Kate’s very happy to be paired with Aljaz. Here’s why, “Because as well as being a brilliant choreographer and having a great track record, Aljaz is fun, cheeky and, crucially, tall. I stand 5ft 10in in bare feet.”
Last year Aljaz partnered Radio presenter, Hollyoaks actress & model Gemma Atkinson all the way to the finals.
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.
Abbey Clancy, Alison Hammond, Helen George, Daisy Lowe and Gemma Atkinson.
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.
Miami born Janette Manrara has starred in hit US series So You Think You Can Dance, and was one of the lead dancers in sensational West End show Burn The Floor.
34 years old (born 16th November 1983)
Janette is thrilled to be partnering NHS Doctor and TV presenter Dr Ranj Singh. Famed for his appearences on children’s TV, Dr Ranj is juggling Strictly whilst working as an NHS doctor.
On joining Strictly, Dr Ranj said, “I’ve been a massive fan for so long, and I can’t quite believe this is happening, but I’m going to give it my best shot. Anyone that knows me knows that I love a bit of sparkle…so bring on the glitter! I can’t wait!”
In 2017 Janette partnered JLS singer Aston Merrygold, bringing such joy to our TV screens with their amazing performances.
Sadly on week 7 of the competition they were eliminated with their Vienesse Waltz – a real shock to all of us who expected this wonderful couple would easily make the final!
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.
Julien Macdonald, Jake Wood, Peter Andre, Melvin Odoom and Aston Merrygold.
Yes, we’re thrilled to say Janette won the 2018 Christmas Special with the fabulous Aston Merrygold. In 2017 Janette was paired with Aston 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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