Strictly’s Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec’s fairytale marriage and incredible home

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Strictly pro dancers Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec, who have been together since 2009, tied the knot in 2017 with not one, but three incredible weddings ceremonies in London, Florida and Slovenia

Strictly Come Dancing stars Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec are the sweethearts of the BBC One show.

Unlike many couples on the show, the fan favourites have managed to consistently avoid the dreaded Strictly ‘curse’ thanks to their overwhelming love for one another.

Before they began dating, Janette dated former Strictly professional dancers Artem Chigvintsev and Pasha Kovalev, but the brief romances quickly fizzled out.

Aljaz and Janette first met at London studios Dance Attic in 2010, and went on to star alongside each other on the hit show Burn the Floor in the US.

The couple tried to make their long-distance relationship work, with Aljaz in his native Slovenia, and Janette in Los Angeles, but they were reunited in London when they landed a coveted spot as pro dancers on Strictly in 2013.

In 2015, Aljaz surprised the Cuban-American dancer by taking her to the dance studios where they first met, and getting down on bended knee.

Two years later, they tied the knot and as celebrated their union with family, friends, and their Strictly co-stars.

We take a look inside their fairytale marriage, and their family home in London…

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Three weddings, three countries

Janette and Aljaz are proud of their heritage, so when it came to their wedding day, the couple decided to have three wedding ceremonies in order to have all of their friends and family celebrate with them.

Their London nuptials included guests Anton Du Beke, Oti Mabuse, Katya Jones, and Kevin Clifton, as well as former Strictly contestants Daisy Lowe and Frankie Bridge.

Designer Julien Macdonald, who was paired with Janette on the hit BBC One show back in 2013, created her dream wedding dress for the London ceremony, which she said was inspired by Audrey Hepburn in the 1954 movie Sabrina.

They then jetted off to Slovenia for another ceremony with Aljaz’s family, before heading to Miami to celebrate with Janette’s loved ones.

“To say that we got to walk down the aisle, exchange our vows and celebrate our marriage three times is really nice,” she told OK! magazine.

Unusual wedding vows

Disney superfan Janette confessed Aljaz included an extra special wedding vow as they tied the knot, as he promised to take her to her favourite place every year.

She told Aimee Fuller’s Monday Mile podcast in September her husband has kept to his word after he vowed to take her to Disney “once a year”.

“I’ve definitely gone once every year of my life except for last year obviously because everything was shut,” she explained.

Love in lockdown

Janette revealed she and Aljaz “fell in love all over again” after being forced to spend some quality time together in 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The busy couple are usually whisked off their feet with their hectic schedules, so being able to spend time together without having to rush off for another work commitment did wonders for their relationship.

During an interview with FUBAR Radio, the couple acknowledge that while lockdown had been hard on many families, they are now closer than ever.

“I guess the light at the end of the tunnel for both of us has been that we’ve kind of fallen in love with each other all over again in a very different way,” Janette admitted.

Baby on the way?

Janette retired from the Strictly dance floor earlier this year and is now presenting It Takes Two, and the former pro teased the possibility of new additions to their family.

She told HELLO! they have discussed starting a family together, but due to their busy schedules, they’re finding it tricky to get the timing right.

“It’s never going to be the perfect time to have a baby but we do talk about it a lot and we are very much looking forward to becoming a mum and dad. So it’s definitely going to happen,” she promised.

“When, we don’t know, we’ll see. We’re kind of taking it slowly,” she added.

Image: Aljaž Škorjanec/Instagram) Aljaž Škorjanec/Instagram) Image: Aljaž Škorjanec/Instagram) Aljaž Škorjanec/Instagram)

Treasured memories

The couple live in London, not far from the Strictly studios, and they’ve occasionally given their social media followers rare glimpses into their personal space.

Janette confessed she has learnt to love their home over the last year, and said Aljaz is now a dab hand in the kitchen as he rustles up some tasty dishes.

“We’ve learned to live in our own home, which we never felt before. I like the kitchen, I was never friends with the kitchen before and Aljaz has loved just taking time to himself,” she told Dr Ranj on his podcast Steths, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Janette also gave her followers a treat when she showcased their coffee table, which features Aljaz’s prized Strictly Come Dancing glitterball, which he won with Abbey Clancy in 2013, along with a touching snap of the couple embracing.

Their home also features a lush garden, and eagle-eyed followers spotted the enviable green space in the background of one of Janette’s home workout clips on Instagram.

She also treated her fans to a peek at her bathroom, which she called her sanctuary, as she retreated into a well-deserved bath which she said was “heaven at home”.

Cosy nights in

The Strictly stars love nothing more than settling down on the sofa and watching their favourite TV shows, and they revealed they have eclectic tastes when it comes to bingeing on box sets.

“We love Gogglebox, Eggheads, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Call the Midwife and Don’t Tell The Bride,” they joked.

“Definitely cuddling on the couch with the fire on watching an incredible TV series. Chilling at home is our favourite thing to do,” Aljaz sweetly added.

Strictly’s Janette Manrara reveals ‘struggle’ at home with Aljaz Skorjanec

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Janette Manrara reveals ‘struggle’ at London home with Aljaz Skorjanec The Strictly Come Dancing star is from Miami

Janette Manrara took to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday, where she shared the details of an issue at the home she shares with her husband, Aljaz Skorjanec.

The It Takes Two host expressed her frustration at a problem she’s been having with her garden – and we’re sure many people in the U.K at the moment will be able to relate!

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The former Strictly pro shared a video that showed her talking to camera from the garden of her London home.

She said: “I came home, I cleaned my astroturf from all my leaves, how much do you want to bet as soon as I go inside, it’s going to be filled again?”

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Janette went on: “Does anyone else struggle with the fall and the leaves? At least for now, it’s nice and green.” The star then panned the camera around her garden, which did look neat and well-tended.

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Pointing to a tree behind her garden fence, Janette joked: “I love her, but she does leave a mess on my garden.”

Janette and Aljaz share a home in London

Janette and Aljaz moved into the property in December 2018 and have clearly made it a cosy place to spend time together.

Last November, the presenter proved the point by posting the image of herself and her husband snuggling together on their sofa, dressed in matching dressing gowns while watching the television. She captioned it: “Cuddles in robes at home.”

The snap also gave a glimpse inside their stylish living room, complete with a dove grey sofa and French windows.

The couple tied the knot back in 2017

During lockdown, the couple shared several behind-the-scenes glimpses of their home, which is filled with cute personal touches including framed photos, lots of Disney memorabilia, and of course, their dancing trophies.

The couple have been together for several years and tied the knot in 2017 with three celebrations to allow their loved ones from around the world to attend.

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Janette Manrara had been on Strictly Come Dancing for seven years, joining in 2013 alongside her dancer husband Aljaz Škorjanec. She was the pocket rocket of the professional dancers, pairing up with celebrities including Julian MacDonald, Ranj Singh, HRVY, Jake Wood and Peter Andre just to name a few. But it was sad news for Strictly fans when Janette announced she would no longer be dancing on the BBC show.

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Janette revealed in June 2021 season 18 was her last as she was taking a step back from competing in the series.

Her final partner on the show was singer HRVY who was a runner-up last year, along with Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing and EastEnders' Maisie Smith.

Janette first talked about this big decision when she was a guest on The One Show.

But she also made it clear she wasn’t leaving the Strictly world altogether.

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On Monday, the pro dancer took to Instagram to share her upset with fans, who were quick to reach out and offer their support.

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Janette, 37, posted a picture showing her beloved grandparents sat together, cuddled up and smiling for the camera. She explained: “Missing home and missing moments like this….

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“My grandparents celebrating their birthday. When people see the glitz and glam that comes w/ what I do… yes, it is a ‘fab-u-lous’ career and I am forever grateful for all of my success and wonderful opportunities…. But it does not come w/o sacrifice.

Janette shared a sweet photo of her grandparents with fans

“Being away from my family will be something that I NEVER will get used to. Grateful to at least have the technology to see them, chat w/ them, and still find ways to be a part of their lives.”

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“Awe I really feel for you, your Grandparents look lovely & I am sure they are very proud of you,” one follower reassured Janette, while a second told her, “The wait won’t be for too much longer.”

Janette has previously posted a photo of her mum, Maritza

A third sweetly noted: “Can see where you get your beautiful smile from, wishing your dear grandparents a Happy Birthday.” And a fourth sympathised: “I work away from home too (for months/years). It’s very hard. Feel your pain J. Xxx.”

Janette has certainly been having a busy time of late. As well as hosting It Takes Two alongside Rylan, she also helped choreograph the professional routine for Movies Week.

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She wrote at the time: “It was such an INCREDIBLE experience to be a part of the creative/choreography process w/ @tommythefranzen & @lizzie.gough for this professionals group number! Being #Latina, listening to this music, celebrating #InTheHeightsMovie, and most importantly being back w/ my amazing professionals family… dream come true!!!!

“Thank you for having me back @bbcstrictly! It was an honour.” She added a prayer hands emoji to the heartfelt message.

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It Take Two star Janette Manrara has shared a useful saying about life – and received plenty of support from her friends from the world of Strictly.

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The former dancing pro, who now presents It Takes Two, shared a saying which read: “Notice the people who celebrate your achievements, wish you a happy birthday, get excited about your goals and encourage you to do better without losing your sense of self. Those are the people worth keeping around.”

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Her friends at Strictly were quick to respond, with the likes of Nancy Xu, Pixie Lott and Doctor Ranj all responding with love hearts or hands raised emojis. Her fans were also quick to comment, with one writing: “Well said inspirational lady,” while another added: “So so true.”

Janette has been hugely busy with her new gig on It Takes Two, but recently revealed that she was missing some of her family members as a result. She posted a picture showing her beloved grandparents sitting together, cuddling up and smiling for the camera. She explained: “Missing home and missing moments like this.

Janette shared a poignant post

“My grandparents are celebrating their birthday. When people see the glitz and glam that comes w/ what I do… yes, it is a ‘fab-u-lous’ career and I am forever grateful for all of my success and wonderful opportunities…. But it does not come w/o sacrifice.

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She concluded “Being away from my family will be something that I NEVER will get used to. Grateful to at least have the technology to see them, chat w/ them, and still find ways to be a part of their lives.”

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