Strictlys Janette Manrara shares update with husband Aljaz after show exit

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 Two

Taking 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 hosting role eight years after first entering the set

Janette said: "I remember walking into the studio of ITT the first time in 2013 and meeting Zoe Ball.

"And she was just the most incredible person, so lovely and just genuinely interested in the topics we were discussing.

"And when we left I remember thinking, 'Gosh, that would be the most amazing job,' to sit and talk about people dancing all night with people that you know and love and watch every weekend," she added.

"Eight years later I got it, so I couldn't say no," she concluded.

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