Strictly: Janette Manrara says she’s ‘so emotional’
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Janette Manrara, 37, has not hung up her dancing shoes just yet, as she has revealed her desire to perform one final dance on Strictly Come Dancing after stepping down from the programme this year. The Miami born dancer will be hosting the spin-off show It Takes Two this year as she makes a name for herself in the presenting world. However, the ballroom star has admitted “begging” her old Strictly boss for a final spin around the dance floor.
Speaking on her final ever dance on the programme with her partner HRVY, 21, Janette recalled: “The last dance I ever did on Strictly with a celebrity was [to] One Singular Sensation, and that song was one of the first musical theatre songs I learned and performed to as a kid.
“It was the last one I danced to with HRVY on Strictly, so right before we danced it, I had this gut feeling, like, ‘If this is my last one, I’m going to go out happy as heck’ because it was perfect.
“He danced it perfect, the song meant so much to me. We looked epic in those gold sequin tuxedos.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better last dance. I kind of felt that funny feeling like, ‘If this is the last one, I’m cool’. It was so emotional and epic,” she added while speaking to Aimee Fuller on The Monday Mile podcast.
Although, despite Janette seeming content at wrapping up on Strictly, Aimee asked if the former dance pro would ever consider heading back on the series that made her a household name for one last twirl around the ballroom.
The podcast host queried: “But you’re not out out, you’re still in, do you reckon you will slip your dancing shoes on? Is that possible? Can you do the odd group number?”
Janette shared that once you are no longer a pro on Strictly, it is very difficult to perform with the contestants, but that has not stopped her from asking for a slot.
She responded: “No I think once you’re not a pro, you are not a pro, you’re out but I am begging my old boss to let me just have one more dance, one final goodbye.”
Back in June, Janette was confirmed as the new host of Strictly’s It Takes Two, after Zoe Ball stepped down.
Prior to her latest role, the dance floor siren had performed on Strictly as a pro for eight years.
On Instagram last week she shared an update on her new role, Janette said: “I’m just home, I’m exhausted, I’ve been actually quite emotional, because I’ve been with the pros today.
“Filming one of the group numbers that I have been working on with them.
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“I was so emotional, they are such an incredible group of people. I feel so honoured to have danced with them for so many years and to still be able to work with them now.
“Yeah I love that group, you guys are in for some incredible pro dances,” she teased.
Janette first joined Strictly in 2013 dancing with Julien Macdonald. She went on to partner with Jake Wood (2014), Peter Andre (2015), Melvin Odoom (2016), Aston Merrygold (2017), Dr Ranj Singh (2018), Will Bayley (2019) and last year with HRVY.
However now she is set to take on her latest challenge by hosting the programme’s spin-off alongside Rylan Clark-Neal.
Married to Strictly pro dancer Aljaž Škorjanec, Janette recently explained her husband has had to temporarily move out due to the show.
“We always do a big rehearsal for all the pro dances and they get rehearsed and sometimes even filmed before the series begins,” she told OK! last week.
“Because Covid is still an issue, in order for the show to continue moving forward with the professional numbers, the professionals and the production team have to isolate to rehearse and film all the pro dances, which means Aljaž will have to move out of our home,” she continued.
The TV host said they won’t be able to live together, but it won’t be “as long as last year”.
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