Strictlys Janette Manrara leaves the dance floor to become the new host of It Takes Two

Strictly Come Dancing professional Janette Manrara swaps in the ballroom for the TV studio as the new host of the spin-off It Takes Two.

The star and fan favorite has been in the series since 2013 and landed in the finals with HRVY last year.

But on today’s The One Show, Janette announced that she will be leaving the show to host the spin-off with Rylan Clark-Neal.

Janette is taking over from Zoe Ball, who left the series this year after a decade as host.


Janette and HRVY at last year’s final (Image: BBC)

In the announcement, Janette says: “It’s a dream come true to be part of the It Takes Two team! While it’s impossible to follow in the footsteps of a legend like Zoe Ball, I hope to make you and all of Strictly fans proud.

“I will miss dancing this iconic dance floor every week, but I am forever grateful to continue to be part of the Strictly Come Dancing family!”

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Alex McLeod, Commissioning Editor for BBC Daytime and Early Peak, said, “We know our viewers are avid fans of Strictly and cannot get enough expert advice, backstage gossip, and dance tips and tricks.

“I can’t think of anyone who can do it better than Janette. I am very happy that she is joining our It Takes Two family. “

Her successor on the series will be announced in due course.

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Janette has been a member of the cast since 2013 (Credit: Splash)

It Takes Two airs on weekdays during the main show to keep fans informed of the progress and behind-the-scenes gossip.

Rylan will rise as the main host after previously working with Zoe.

Who has worked with Janette Manrara at Strictly before?

Janette’s previous partners are:

  • Julien MacDonald (2013)
  • Jake Wood (2014)
  • Peter André (2015)
  • Melvin Odoom (2016)
  • Aston Merry (2017)
  • Dr. Ranj Singh (2018)
  • Will Bayley (2019)
  • HRVY (2020)

She reached the finals with HRVY last year and became known for her energetic routines.

Janette is also married to her strictly pro Aljaz Skorjanec.

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When does Strictly start in 2021?

Strictly Come Dancing normally announces its cast in August, starting around the end of September.

It is expected that this will continue this year as usual.

Strictly Come Dancing is available on BBC iPlayer and is returning later this year.

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