Strictly star shares emotional reaction as Aljaz Skorjanec announces return to show after two-year hiatus

Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec

The Strictly favourite is returning the the show this year

Olivia Gantzer

By Olivia Gantzer

Published: 09/07/2024

- 09:52

The dancer hasn't appeared in the competition since 2021

Strictly Come Dancing favourite Aljaz Skorjanec is making a return to the show after quitting back in 2022.

The 34-year-old announced the news on Monday evening, with fans already looking forward to his comeback.

Speaking on BBC's The One Show, he commented: "What haven't I missed? I got to look after my beautiful wife, my beautiful baby for two years. But I missed everything about Strictly."

The professional dancer left the show after nine years, with the 2021 series marking his last appearance.

His wife Manrara, 40, left the show in 2021 and used to host the competition's spin-off chat show It Takes Two.

The couple have focused their time on raising their daughter Lyra, who is almost a year old.

Aljaz Skorjanec

Aljaz Skorjanec is returning to the competition following a hiatus


While Skorjanec has received plenty of support after announcing his return, his wife has also shared an adorable response.

Taking to Instagram to celebrate the news, Manrara shared a photo of herself and her husband on the dancefloor as well as a snap of their baby daughter.

She captioned the post: "We started our @bbcstrictly journey together back in 2013, and now for the 20th year anniversary, we’ll both be back on your screens once again!

"I am so happy the country gets to enjoy the smiliest man in showbiz once again.

"But mostly, I cannot wait for Lyra and I to be sat together on Saturday nights watching Ati (Dad in Slovenian) dancing on our telly.

"We're so proud of you Bučko, and we love you to the moon and back! CONGRATULATIONS!! And I guess the shows motto has never felt more true….. #keepdancing."

Skorjanec won the 2013 series of the show alongside model Abbey Clancy.

Following the news, he shared on social media: "I had an absolute ball during my nine year stint on Strictly, during my time away I became a parent, which has been an exciting challenge in itself and now I’m ready to experience the Strictly magic again.

"It feels so right to be coming back, I missed the fun, glitter and the judges of course and I hope to make my daughter Lyra proud!"

Fans rushed to express their excitement for the couple, with co-star Amy Dowden commenting: "I’m soooooooo excited!"

"He is backkkkkkkk. I can not waittt!!!!!!!!" fellow Strictly pro Nancy Xu commented.

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