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Strictly Come Dancing’s Aljaz Skorjanec praises BBC response amid coronavirus pandemic


Professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec has praised Strictly Come Dancing bosses over the show’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 30-year-old hunk, who is a regular feature on the Strictly Come Dancing cast, said that the series producers had handled the pandemic ‘incredibly well’ and was confident the show would return this year.

As with many television shows, the future of Strictly Come Dancing had been plunged into uncertainty as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Aljaz’s praise comes as the television bosses look to what changes will be required in the post-pandemic entertainment industry.

Speaking to Hello! magazine, Aljaz and his dancer wife Janette Manrara, 36, were hopeful about what the future had in store.

Aljaz was hopeful about returning to the dance floor later this year

During their interview, Slovenian-born Aljaz explained to the publication that he was eager to get back onto the dance floor.

“We can’t wait to get back on the Strictly floor,” Aljaz told the magazine.

“We really hope the season is going to move forward because we all love doing it.

The professional dancer has competed on the show since 2013

“Everything that has been thrown at the producers so far has been handled so incredibly well so I’m sure that they’re going to find a way that’s best for the show and the individuals doing it.”

As it stands Strictly Come Dancing could return later this year, but no celebrities have been announced as participants just yet.

In the meantime, Aljaz and his wife Janette have also been adjusting to the lockdown measures just like everyone else.

Aljaz and Janette tied the knot in 2017

Speaking about their relationship, Janette told the publication that they had been brought closer by the lockdown.

“Our normality is travelling and staying in hotels and moving around at million miles an hour, so for us to have the opportunity to spend time at home, cooking and watching movies has been so nice,” Janette said.

“We spend a lot of time together anyway, but we are always working.

She added: “In lockdown we have been able to reconnect again just as Aljaz and Janette – not the dancers but the human beings – and it kind of reminded us why we fell in love in the first place.”

Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec married after meeting on Strictly

Aljaz and Janette have gone from strength to strength since they met while competing on the show.

The couple, who tied the knot in 2017, have made the most of their kitchen as they settled into the London lockdown.

Aljaz added: “We have used the kitchen more in the past couple of months than we have in the entire eight years we have lived in London and I have even bought my first barbecue.

“I’m really enjoying making burgers outside and Janette has found a new love for cooking.”

Read the full interview in Hello!, out now.

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