Aljaž Skorjanec

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Aljaž Škorjanec
Born (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 29)
Ptuj, Slovenia
OccupationDancer and choreographer
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[citation needed]
Janette Manrara (m. 2017)
Partner(s)Valerija Rahle Mbanwi

Aljaž Škorjanec (born 19 February 1990) is a Slovenian dancer and choreographer who has appeared on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer.


Aljaž Škorjanec was born in Ptuj, Slovenia. He is a 19-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom, Latin and Ten Dance.[1] Between 2000 and 2008 his professional partner was Valerija Rahle Mbanwi.[2]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In September 2013, Skorjanec became a professional dancer on the eleventh series of the British television show, Strictly Come Dancing. He was partnered with model Abbey Clancy. On 21 December, they won the series. He was the fourth professional to win in his first series of the show.

The following year, he returned for the show's twelfth series, where he was partnered with This Morning presenter, Alison Hammond. They were the sixth couple to be eliminated from the competition.

For the show's thirteenth series, he was partnered with Call the Midwife actress, Helen George. They were eliminated on Week 11 of the competition, leaving in sixth place.

For the show's fourteenth series, he was partnered with model Daisy Lowe. They were the seventh couple to be eliminated from the competition, leaving in eighth place.

For the show's fifteenth series, he was partnered with actress and former model, Gemma Atkinson.[3] The couple reached the finals, but on the 16 December, they finished as joint runners-up, behind winners Joe McFadden and his professional dance partner, Katya Jones.[4]

For the show's sixteenth series, he was partnered with BBC newsreader and journalist Kate Silverton. The couple were eliminated on week 9 in Blackpool, leaving in eighth place.

Series Partner Place Average
11 Abbey Clancy 1st 35.6
12 Alison Hammond 10th 24.6
13 Helen George 6th 33.0
14 Daisy Lowe 8th 31.8
15 Gemma Atkinson 2nd 31.0
16 Kate Silverton 8th 25.0

Highest and lowest scoring performances per dance

Abbey Clancy[edit]

On the eleventh series Skorjanec was partnered with model Abbey Clancy.

Alison Hammond[edit]

On the twelfth series Skorjanec was partnered with Alison Hammond.

Helen George[edit]

On the thirteenth series Skorjanec was partnered with model Helen George.

Daisy Lowe[edit]

On the fourteenth series Skorjanec was partnered with model Daisy Lowe.

Gemma Atkinson[edit]

On the fifteenth series Skorjanec was partnered with model Gemma Atkinson.

Kate Silverton[edit]

On the sixteenth series Skorjanec was partnered with journalist and newsreader Kate Silverton.

Dance tours and other professional engagements[edit]

In 2018 Skorjanec and Janette Manrara announced dates for their 2019 UK Tour "Remembering The Movies"[5]

Skorjanec and Janette Manrara also announced appearances at 2019 "Dancing With The Stars Weekends"[6]

Skorjanec took part in the national Strictly Come Dancing - The Live Tour in 2017.[citation needed]

In 2017 Skorjanec and Janette Manrara announced dates for their 2018 UK Tour "Remembering Fred"[7]

Personal life[edit]

Skorjanec loves football and is a big supporter of FC Barcelona. He also loves basketball, movies, and the TV shows Dexter and Game of Thrones. His favourite films of all time are The Godfather and The Departed.[8] On 15 July 2017, Skorjanec married Strictly professional dancer Janette Manrara.[9]


  1. ^ "Aljaž Skorjanec". BBC. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
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  3. ^ "Who is Strictly Come Dancing celebrity contestant Gemma Atkinson?". Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing's Joe McFadden says 'never in a million years' did he think he would win show". Archived from the original on 19 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Remembering The Movies Tour 2019". Ents24. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  6. ^ "4* Weekend Break with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  7. ^ "Remembering Fred Tour - Relive the Magic of Fred Astaire". Remembering Fred. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing - Aljaž Skorjanec - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  9. ^ Henden, Amalie (2018-10-27). "Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec: When did Strictly professionals get married?". Retrieved 2018-11-05.

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