Janette Manrara talks about Aljaz being excited to become a dad
Janette Manrara, 39, has revealed how she bagged the Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two job, and whether she was “gunning” to host the show after previous presenter Zoe Ball, 52, all along.
On Monday, the podcast that Janette shares with her husband, Aljaz Skorjanec, 33, – Twist and Shout – returned for a second season.
During the first episode of series two, titled ‘What’s New?’, the mum-to-be revealed how she came to replace Zoe in season 19.
She stated: “I was a guest on It Takes Two with Julian [Macdonald] and it was the first time that we met Zoe Ball – who we adore, we love her so much.
“I saw It Takes Two and what the show was about and I thought ‘My god, that’s the dream one day. If I’m not dancing – which I know someday will happen in my life – if I can just sit and talk about dancing, that would be epic’.”
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Janette continued: “I always in the back of my mind thought… I wasn’t gunning for Zoe’s job, I’m not saying that at all, but I always thought something like [It Takes Two].
“I want to be in television, I want to be presenting, I want to talk to people. I want to make people feel good, I want to have nice conversations and learn about stories from other people as well.”
The 39-year-old said that while dancing, she worked on her “craft” and started interviewing celebrities during lockdown.
Janette stated that on the day Zoe announced her departure from It Takes Two in 2021, she had messaged the presenter and told her she was “going to miss her so much”.
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“She replied and she said: “Oh I’m going to miss you, but don’t worry we’re friends forever,” Manrara continued. “And then she said it should be you by the way that is stepping in.”
Janette concluded that she was offered the presenting gig by the Strictly head honcho, and the rest is history.
However, the presenter is currently on the hunt for a new co-host — as Rylan Clark, 34, announced that he was stepping back earlier this year.
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In April, he wrote an emotional statement via Instagram, saying that after “four fantastic years” he was hanging up his “glittery jacket” and waving farewell to It Takes Two”.
“I’ve had the best time hosting alongside Janette and Zoe and I can’t thank the amazing team enough for always putting on a great show,” he added.
At the time, Manrara herself reacted to the statement. She reshared it and wrote: “I’m going to miss you!” with a crying emoji.
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