Janette Manrara: Strictly pro addresses ‘tough’ time with husband Aljaz Skorjanec

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Janette Manrara, 36, has discussed the financial implications the recent pandemic has had on her and husband Aljaz’s earnings while speaking on Steths, Drugs & Rock’ n’ Roll podcast hosted by Dr Ranj Singh. The dancer revealed that three tours had been cancelled for the couple as lockdown restrictions continue to keep theatres and big events closed.

We did lose three tours this year

Janette Manrara

The dancer revealed that three tours had been cancelled for the couple as lockdown restrictions continue to keep theatres and big events closed.

Janette explained how usually the couple have a gruelling work schedule which results in them spending extended periods apart.

“With Strictly Come Dancing, it’s seven days a week straight through, and then the other six months of the year, we’re normally touring, so again we’re non-stop,” she revealed. 

“We’re never really home, we only come home to repack and then leave again.”


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Social distancing measures have forced the closures of theatres indefinitely, and many in creative industries have seen their wages reduced or stopped.

Janette continued: “So although yes financially it was tough, we did lose three tours this year.

“Financially, and psychologically and physically for the two of us to have all this time at home it was never possible really because of the schedule we have.”

The dancer went on to describe her quality time at home with Aljaz as “really really nice”.

In a recent interview with Hello! Magazine, she spoke about falling in love with Aljaz all over again.

She revealed: “In lockdown, we have been able to reconnect again just as Aljaz and Janette – not the dancers but the human beings.

“It kind of reminded us why we fell in love in the first place.”

The couple, who both dance on Strictly, will not have to worry about social distancing when the show resumes.

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“We have always felt lucky and blessed to get to do what we love together.

“It really is a dream to dance with someone you love, and I have the ideal partner in Aljaz, especially in these strange circumstances.”

Strictly has for now been given the go-ahead, despite the government still insisting on people keeping a social distance from non-household members at all times.

This year Strictly will have a much shorter run time than previous years, to cut down the number of people involved.


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A statement released by the BBC said: “The Strictly Come Dancing team are doing everything they can to bring the nation plenty of Strictly magic later this year.

“To ensure we deliver the high standards audiences know and love, and in light of the ongoing considerations around Covid-19, this year’s series of Strictly will have a slightly shorter run than usual.

“The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us, and further updates will be made in due course.”

Strictly could also be missing key critical figures including judge Bruno Tonioli who currently is in the United States and may struggle to return in time.

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