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Janette Manrara and her husband Aljaz Skorjanec have jetted away to his native Slovenia for a welcome sunshine break.MORE: Strictly's Aljaz Skorjanec stuns fans with very risqué photo of wife Janette ManraraThe Strictly stars – who have both stepped down as pro dancers on the show – have been spending time with Aljaz's family, including his young nieces, Zala and Tisa. WATCH: Janette Manrara celebrates wedding in Cape TownJanette has been keeping fans up to date with their adventures, sharing a series of Instagram Stories as the couple make the most of their family vacation.READ: Strictly stars reveal their sadness over Aljaz Skorjanec's shock exitMORE: Janette Manrara breaks silence on Aljaz's 'heartbreaking' decision to quit StrictlyOne clip shows Janette sitting on a sun lounger and dressed in a tiny red and white striped bikini, with aviator shades covering her eyes.

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Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec reveal their dream plan after Strictly Come Dancing
HELLO! magazine, Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara reveal they would like to present a television show together.In the interview – their first since Aljaz announced in March that he's following in his wife's footsteps and leaving Strictly Come Dancing – the married professional dancers reveal they have set their sights on becoming the new Eammon Holmes and Ruth Langsford."We love watching Eammon and Ruth, so to do something like that would be amazing," Janette, who quit Strictly last year to present its spin-off show It Takes Two, tells the magazine.WATCH: Janette Manrara reveals bittersweet decision to swap dancing for presenting"Being a couple on Strictly gave us an edge and I feel like it can be exactly the same when it comes to, potentially, one day being on a different kind of TV programme together," adds Aljaz, who is also retraining as an actor and has a film role in the pipeline. He has been having acting lessons and auditioning for roles, as well as having discussions with TV and radio networks.READ: Dianne Buswell gives update on her Strictly future after Aljaz Skorjanec's shock exitGALLERY: The Strictly pros who quit the show and why Aljaz announced he had quit Strictly in March"I've had an incredible nine years on Strictly and have felt so lucky to be there, but it felt like the right time to take a risk and open myself up to new challenges," he explains."I want to try other things like film, TV and radio while I'm still young enough and my body is 100 per cent capable.
Janette Manrara shares heart-melting update after husband Aljaz's shock Strictly exit
It Takes Two co-host Janette Manrara will no doubt have tugged on the heartstrings of many Strictly fans with the latest image she shared to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday.The dancer re-posted a picture from a dedicated viewer who had pieced together images of the first and last times Janette and her husband, Aljaz Skorjanec, danced together on Strictly.MORE: Strictly's Aljaz Skorjanec shares emotional message ahead of family milestoneIn the top half of the image, Aljaz and Janette were part of a fun group dance during their first appearance on the show.In the bottom half, the pair both looked intense as they performed the Rumba that dropped jaws during last year's sensational final.WATCH: Janette Manrara celebrates wedding in Cape TownThe picture was captioned: "Starting and ending Strictly together [heart emoji]." Janette and Aljaz, who tied the knot in 2017 but have been together for over a decade, joined the cast of the BBC dance competition back in 2013.MORE: Janette Manrara confesses to sleepless night before wedding to Strictly's Aljaz SkorjanecSEE: Janette Manrara delights fans with gorgeous new wedding photosJanette announced that she was leaving the show last year, ahead of taking up a position as a presenter on Strictly's popular spin-off show, where she replaced Zoe Ball. Janette shared the emotional throwback image to InstagramAljaz prompted disappointment this week when he announced he would be joining his wife in leaving the show.In a statement released to his Instagram page on Monday morning, he wrote about how excited and nervous he was to join the programme before continuing: "A little while ago I made the tough decision that Strictly 2021 would be my last.
Strictly's Janette Manrara reacts as Aljaz Skorjanec quits show in emotional farewell
Janette Manrara has bid her husband Aljaž Škorjanec an emotional farewell shortly after he announced he is leaving Strictly Come Dancing.The It Takes Two presenter shared a lengthy statement on her Instagram page expressing her sadness at husband Aljaž leaving the show after nine incredible years.She penned: “I cannot express my sadness in my heart to see @aliazskorjanec say goodbye to @bbcstrictly, but at the same time there is so much joy in my heart for what he has brought to the show these past 9 years.”“I have admired him from the day I met him for his passion for dancing, but more than anything for his kindness towards anyone he encounters.”The 38-year-old went on to say how she “couldn’t be happier” to know how many people he made smile on Strictly, from viewers to those working behind the scenes.She explained: “He makes every single person he encounters feel absolutely special; ask any of his partners throughout the years.”The professional dancer added: “He IS STRICTLY and what Strictly is all about; taking someone who wants to learn to dance, and making them truly fall in love with it.”The Strictly star noted that “all good things must come to an end” but spoke of her excitement for the future and new beginnings.The dancer made sure to thank Aljaž’s fans and said: “Thank you for giving him all of the love and support you have these past 9 years.”The loving wife concluded her post thanking her husband, calling him her “biggest inspiration in any and everything” that she does.The statement finished with: “I love you, and you and I will forever and always ‘keep dancing’.”The post comes after Aliaž took to Instagram earlier in the day to share a message announcing his departure from the show.His decision has,
Strictly Janette Manrara shares update with husband Aljaz after 'pulling plug' on show
Strictly Come Dancing professional Janette Manrara and husband Aljaz Skorjanec have opened up about their “incredible” careers as they reflect on their success and reveal their latest venture together.The 38-year-old American dancer performed as a professional on the BBC ballroom series for eight years, but quit her role in 2021 to take over from Zoe Ball on Strictly Spin Off It Takes TwoTaking to Instagram, where she boasts 502,000 followers, Janette filmed herself in the passenger seat as she spoke to the camera while Aljaz was at the wheel.The pair were all smiles as they reminisced on a previous trip to the same location two years earlier.Janette said: “[We are] on the way to the date that we were at two years ago.“The day before today two years ago we pulled the plug on the show because of Covid.“We’re literally about to go straight to where we’re heading right now to check the show.“And finally three years later, we are on our way!”She then pointed the camera at Aljaz, who was driving and smiling as his wife made the announcement.Aljaz added: “We are doing it.”The star also opened-up on her decision to leave her role as a pro dancer on the hit show during an a recent appearance on Celebrity Mastermind.While being quizzed about her favourite Disney films by presenter Clive Myrie, the star was asked about the reasons for her Strictly exit.Clive asked Janette: "So you've given up dancing on Strictly and now you're a presenter on It Takes Two, why the change?"Janette admitted: "Well, I did not want to leave the legendary Strictly ballroom floor."But unfortunately when you get such an incredible opportunity like that, presenting It Takes Two you can't really say no to that job."The TV star also revealed that she got the
Nadiya Bychkova pays emotional tribute to co-star following romance rumours
Strictly pro Nadiya Bychkova took to her Instagram Stories on Sunday to share a lovely message for her beloved co-star.The blonde beauty penned a heartfelt message in honour of her friend Aljaz Skorjanec, who celebrated his birthday at the weekend.SEE: Strictly's Nadiya Bychkova reacts to Kai Widdrington's sizzling modelling picture amid romance rumoursNadiya wrote: "Happy Birthday to this amazing man. A great friend I can always count on and a beautiful dancer I had a chance to share the dancefloor [with] so many times."The message was presented over a picture of the mum-of-one and Aljaz showing off their ballroom dance moves.WATCH: Strictly's Nadiya Bychkova transforms with glam makeover amid Kai Widdrington romance rumoursNadiya's thoughtful message comes just a few weeks after the start of rumours that the star's relationship with Strictly new boy Kai Widdrington was more than platonic.MORE: Strictly's Nadiya Bychkova reveals surprising new 'love'SEE: Bikini-clad Nadiya Bychkova hits the beach with Strictly co-stars amid romance rumoursThe pair were rumoured to be a couple from the start of the recent Strictly live tour, with photos of the dancers looking cosy during a tour stop in Sheffield seeming to add fuel to the flames.
Strictly's Gorka Marquez didn't want to be partnered with girlfriend Gemma Atkinson
Strictly Come Dancing when they took part in the same series in 2017.The couple, who first met during the ballroom competition, have become engaged and proud parents to their daughter Mia, 2.But in a new interview, the 31-year-old declared he was glad that he didn't end up having the Hollyoaks star as his partner, insisting that she was "too tall".Gorka, who ended up being partnered with former X Factor star and singer Alexandra Burke that year, made it clear in his new interview with Scala Radio that dancing with Gemma was out of the question for him."I didn't want to dance with her," he shared."No, I didn't want to dance with Gemma.She was very tall for me."Gemma ended up being partnered with Slovenian dancer Aljaz Skorjanec, which would have indeed been a relief for Gorka."You see some people when they know who they want to dance with or who they don't want to dance with, if they say they want to dance with that person over there they are very friendly, very happy, very helpful.He added: "If they don't want to dance with someone, some people don't even talk to them."Fellow dancer Karen Hauer, who was also interviewed alongside Gorka, went on to echo similar words."We try to be courteous and amicable to everyone whether you want to dance with them or not," she explained."If they can't dance they might turn out to be the loveliest person."In an interesting turn of events, Gorka and Gemma both ended up making it to the finals with their dance partners.As the series neared its end in December 2017, romance rumours between the pair were in full effect.It was just two months later, in February 2018, when Gemma and Gorka went public with their relationship.To make the announcement all the more special, they shared the news
Strictly's Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington look cosy as they check into hotel
Strictly Come Dancing stars Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington have been photographed checking into the same hotel as romance rumours gather pace.The dancers – who are both currently on the BBC ballroom show's annual live tour - have been linked of late, with sources claiming they are getting close.In photos obtained by The Sun the pair were seen heading into a hotel a few minutes after the rest of their co-stars.Both had suitcases, presumably full of their Strictly tour stuff, and Nadiya was also carrying a huge bouquet of red roses.An onlooker told the paper: "Kai and Nadiya didn't seem at all secretive about their relationship – they're a couple like any other."Other snaps that have emerged show Nadiya and Kai out and about together on Sunday.They were photographed riding an escalator with their fellow Strictly pro dancer Aljaz Skorjanec.Nadiya looked casual in a dark coat and a dark jumper and had her long blonde hair loose over her shoulders in the images.The dancer, 32, was clutching her phone in her hand.Both she and Kai wore face masks and they kept a low profile in baseball caps.It was recently reported that Nadiya had split from her fiance Matija Skarabot and that Kai was comforting her in the wake of the break up.A source told The Sun: "Nadiya and Kai have incredible chemistry, and a very strong friendship.