Aljaž Skorjanec

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Aljaž Skorjanec describes himself as “cheeky, charming and passionate.” Anyone who’s seen his moves would find it hard to disagree…

I’m used to winning championships and Strictly Come Dancing is no different so our pro-dancers better watch out.
Aljaž Skorjanec

A Strictly debutant in 2013, the new boy did good! Aljaž clinched the prize with Liverpudlian model and TV presenter Abbey Clancy during the first all-female final in Strictly history. The 'A-Team', as Abbey and Aljaž became known, chose to dance their beach-themed Quickstep to 'Walking on Sunshine' in the final show, pipping both Natalie Gumede and Susanna Reid to the post.

However Aljaž wasn’t able to reach the same heights the following year – he and his partner Alison Hammond survived a dance off in week six but were eliminated in week seven. But 2015 fared a lot better, with Aljaž and his partner Helen George making it to the quarterfinals, while 2016 saw him bow out in week eight with partner Daisy Lowe.

His favourite dances are the Paso Doble because “it’s strong and masculine” and the Foxtrot as “everything is fluid and it feels like every move lasts forever. Also it reminds me of Frank Sinatra.” We’re looking forward to Aljaž performing them... his way. Sorry, couldn’t resist.


Aljaž was brought up in a small town in Slovenia where he started dancing aged five. Signing himself up for dance lessons in nursery without his parents’ knowledge (that’s one determined child) he ended up competing for the next 13 years.

Aljaž is a nineteen-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom, Latin and Ten Dance.


Aljaž loves football and is a big Barcelona supporter.

He also loves basketball, movies, and TV shows Dexter and Game of Thrones. The Godfather and The Departed are his favourite films of all time.


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