Who is Janette Manrara’s Strictly 2019 partner, does she have children with Aljaz Skorjanec and how long have they been married?


JANETTE Manrara has been partnered with Will Bayley on the 17th series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Now, the glamorous professional dancer is hoping to win the 2019 series. Here everything we know about her…

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Who is Janette Manrara’s Strictly Come Dancing partner?

Janette, who is married to co-star Aljaž Škorjanec, has been paired with Will Bayley.

Before Will was partnered with the professional dancer he admitted to being a huge fan of judge Bruno Tonioli.

The lucky sports,man shared a hug with the long-time judge before walking off with his dance partner.

Last year, Janette was partnered with CBeebies presenter and This Morning doctor Dr Ranj Singh.

Ranj became the sixth celebrity to be knocked out of the 2018 series.

In 2017, Janette was partnered with Radio star Melvin Odoom.

 Professional dancers and real life couple, Janette and husband Aljaz Skorjanec
Professional dancers and real life couple, Janette and husband Aljaz Skorjanec.

When did Janette Manrara marry Aljaz Skorjanec?

Janette is married to Aljaz Skorjanec, a Slovenian professional dancer six years her junior.

He also acts as a pro partner on Strictly Come Dancing after joining in 2013 – at the same time as Janette.

Aljaz and Janette were engaged in 2015 and then married on July, 15, 2017.

The pair had an astonishing three weddings in various locations, including Slovenia and Disneyland, when they married in the summer of 2017. 

Speaking to Hello! Aljaz, 29, said of their wedding: “We got married three times, so we had two renewals of the vows done within a week.

They’d been together for six years before that.

Does Janette Manrara have kids?

Janette and Aljaz currently do not have any children.

Despite their jam-packed schedules, the pair certainly haven’t ruled out starting a family in the future.

In an exclusive interview with Hello earlier this year, the couple revealed they are starting to plan a family – but “taking it slowly.”

Janette said: “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. When, we don’t know, we’ll see. We’re kind of taking it slowly.

A dancer’s career can be quite short, especially when you reach a certain level, and work is going so good for us at the moment [so] that is the priority.”

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In 2017, she was paired up with Radio star Melvin Odoom

How did Janette Manrara become famous?

Janette Manrara, now going by her married name Skorjanec, is a 33-year-old professional dancer.

Born in Miami, Florida, the American comes from a Cuban family and formally studied dancing from the age of 19.

She began her career performing in musical theatre at the age of 12 before studying all areas of dance, and finished her dance training while studying Finance.

Janette worked for a Hispanic TV station at this time and also danced with Jennifer Lopez on stage.

Janette Manrara is back on Strictly Come Dancing and was paired with Aston Merrygold for 2017

Her first taste of telly fame came when she took part in the 2009 series of American reality show So You Think You Can Dance?.

Then Janette joined the Strictly family in 2013 where she was paired up with fashion designer Julien Macdonald – but the pair were booted out of the competition in week four.

After two more years dancing with Jake Wood and Peter Andre, she was paired with DJ Melvin Odoom last year but they were eliminated in Week One.

After that, she was paired with Dr Ranj Singh – but the pair were eliminated in week 6.

What time is Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on?

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its 17th series on BBC One on September 7, 2019.
However, the show kicked off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.
The live shows begin on Saturday, September 21, with the results airing the following day on Sundays.

Strictly continues on BBC One on 7pm and you can get the FULL celebrity line-up here.


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