Aljaz Skorjanec: Strictly pro addresses ‘dreadful’ career woes ‘You kind of cut our wings’

Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec reschedule tour

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Strictly Come Dancing professionals Aljaz Skorjanec, 31, and Janette Manrara, 37, spoke candidly about their career in a new interview, after the married couple was forced to postpone their dance tour for a second time. The dancing duo were gearing up to hit the stage for their show Remembering the Oscars this year but were unable to go ahead due to the lockdown restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Slovenian-born dancer has reflected on his “dreadful” career woes after the entertainment industry was placed on hold.

Speaking on FUBAR radio, the Strictly star admitted he felt his “wings had been cut” as stage work came to halt.

Aljaz commented: “And this is such a huge part of, I mean, the whole industry has sort of been on hold for over a year.

“And I feel like any other branch of like, you know, businesses that are having difficulties for the last year, I think it’s going to be so important to go back into theatre, back to concerts, back to festivals, back to restaurants, back to bars to support businesses and to help people.”

The performer commented that he was aware that the restrictions had an effect on so many people.

“If you close the stages and the theatres, you kind of cut our wings and it feels dreadful,” Aljaz remarked.

“I know there are so many people that have been going through this and it’s the same way with, you know, all the big business owners that, you know, haven’t been able to welcome and to provide their services.”

He added: “It’s going to be so important to go back, theatres especially.”

His wife Janette echoed a similar sentiment as she explained there is no better feeling than performing on stage.

She said: “But there is nothing that can compare to the feeling that you get when you are live on stage with an audience.

“Every single show feels totally different, even though it’s exactly the same and that feeling is irreplaceable.”

Janette added: “You can’t really describe the feeling and that relationship that exists with an audience member and a cast member on stage.”


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Their comments come after Aljaz and Janette returned to the Strictly line-up last year, albeit socially distanced.

The couple, who tied the knot in 2017, were forced to live apart for nine weeks.

The pair have since been confirmed to return to Strictly when it airs on the BBC this year.

The Strictly couple previously addressed how their finances took a hit along with thousands of other Britons who have struggled during lockdown.

Laying bare how the pair coped when they were forced to postpone their tour and projects, Janette opened up about their difficulties.

Speaking to their good friend Dr Ranj on his podcast Steths, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll, Janette revealed: “Financially it was tough, we did lose three tours this year.”

There was a glimpse of hope for the couple after it was announced that their Remembering the Oscars show would be available for fans to stream online in place of a live onstage show.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.

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