Who is Janette Manrara? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 professional dancer married to Aljaz Skorjanec

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JANETTE Manrara is taking part in her fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing this year.

She’ll be competing against her husband Aljaz on the show, but what else do you need to know? Here’s all you need to know…

 Janette Manrara and Melvin Odoom are paired up for this year's show

Janette Manrara and Melvin Odoom are paired up for this year’s show

Who is Janette Manrara, how old is she and what is her background?

Janette Manrara, now going by her married name Skorjanec, is a 33-year-old professional dancer.

Born in Miami, Florida, the American comes from a Cuban family and formally studied dancing from the age of 19.

She began her career performing in musical theatre at the age of 12 before studying all areas of dance, and finished her dance training while studying Finance.

Janette worked for a Hispanic TV station at this time and also danced with Jennifer Lopez on stage.

Her first taste of telly fame came when she took part in the 2009 series of American reality show So You Think You Can Dance?.

Then Janette joined the Strictly family in 2013 where she was paired up with fashion designer Julien Macdonald – but the pair were booted out of the competition in week four.

After two more years dancing with Jake Wood and Peter Andre, she was paired with DJ Melvin Odoom last year but they were eliminated in Week One.

 Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara are paired up for this series

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Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara are paired up for this series

Is Janette single?

Janette is married to Aljaz Skorjanec, a Slovenian professional dancer six years her junior.

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

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.

 Professional dancers and real life couple Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec are both set for this year's series

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Professional dancers and real life couple Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec are both set for this year’s series

Janette will be competing against her husband in 2017, as will fellow contestants Karen and Katya against their husbands Kevin Clifton and Neil Jones.

Janette says if she could have one superpower it would be the ability to turn herself invisible so she can sneak around and see what’s going on.

When she isn’t dancing, Janette is hanging out with fiancee Aljaz or focusing on interior design – she says a trip to Ikea is a perfect day out.

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.

Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara dance an elf-themed Charleston on St

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