Who is Aljaz Skorjanec? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 dancer and husband of fellow pro Janette Manrara

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ALJAZ Skorjanec is a Strictly Come Dancing veteran who has danced his way into the hearts of BBC viewers.

Here’s the lowdown on the handsome star, who has become something of a ballroom hunk – but is sadly married to co-star Janette Manara.

 Aljaz with wife Janette, a fellow Strictly dancer

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Aljaz with wife Janette, a fellow Strictly dancer

Who is Aljaž Skorjanec, how old is he and what his background?

Aljaž Skorjanec is a 27-year-old-professional dancer from Slovenia.

He was born in Ptuj and after starting to dance at the age of five, went on to become a 19-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom, Latin and Ten Dance.

Aljaz joined the programme in 2013, and in that very same year he won with partner Abbey Clancy.

After his victorious win he was paired with Call the Midwife actress Helen George, but the pair were eliminated following their Paso Doble dance in week eleven.

He then came tenth with presenter Alison Hammond in 2015.

In last year’s series, Aljaz was paired up with model Daisy Lowe, the dancing duo made it to week eight before they were eliminated.

 Aljaz lifted the Strictly glitterball trophy in 2013 with Abbey Clancy

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Aljaz lifted the Strictly glitterball trophy in 2013 with Abbey Clancy

Is Aljaz single?

Aljaz is married to fellow professional dancer Janette Manara, who hails from Miami, Florida.

She also acts as a pro partner on Strictly Come Dancing after joining in 2013 at the same time as Aljaz.

The pair had an astonishing three weddings in various locations, including Slovenia and Disneyland, when they married in the summer of 2017.

They’d been together for six years before that.

What else has Aljaž Skorjanec done?

Aljaz has also appeared in Slovenia’s Dancing With the Stars.

Like fellow professional dancer Gorka Marquez, Aljaz has been a part of the Burn The Floor cast as a leading male.

When he’s not on the dance floor, he loves playing football and says he is a big Barcelona supporter.

Aljaz also loves Game of Thrones and says if he was able to have any superpower it would be the power to fly.

When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.

He will be replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There will be three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova.

Daisy Lowe and Aljaz Scorjanec – Strictly Come Dancing 2016

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