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Janette Manrara Steps Down As Strictly Come Dancing Pro After Landing New Presenting Role

Janette Manrara has announced she s stepping down as a Strictly Come Dancing professional, after landing a new presenting job with the show.The Cuban-American dancer has been with Strictly since 2013, and had originally been announced as one of the professionals taking part in the show later this year.However, she ll instead be hosting spin-off show It Takes Two, taking over from departing presenter Zoe Ball.Janette announced the news on Thursday s edition of The One Show, revealing: It s a dream come true to become part of the It Takes Two team! Although it s impossible to fill in the shoes of a legend like Zoe Ball, I hope to make her and all of the Strictly fans proud. She added: I will miss dancing on that iconic dancefloor weekly, but forever grateful to continue being a part of the Strictly Come Dancing family! Janette will be joining current It Takes Two presenter Rylan Clark-Neal who first began co-hosting with Zoe in 2019 on this year s series.During her time on Strictly, Janette has been partnered with Julien Macdonald, Jake Wood, Peter Andre, Melvin Odoom, Aston Merrygold, Ranj Singh, Will Bayley and HRVY.Although she s never lifted the Glitterball trophy, she has won the Strictly Christmas special on two occasions with Melvin and Aston and made it to last year s final with HRVY.Janette is married to Strictly pro Aljaž S korjanec, who will remain with the show.Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return to our screens in the autumn for a full 13-week run, after last year s series had to be cut short due to the pandemic.MORE STRICTLY:Zoe Ball Opens Up About Decision To Leave Strictly Spin Off And Hints Who Could Replace HerAnneka Rice Says She Got Quite Depressed After Strictly Stint Left Her Broken Nicola Adams Hoping For Strictly Come Dancing Return After Unfair Exit


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