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Janette Manrara

A passionate fire-cracker!

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34
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She's the pocket rocket of Strictly and is now in her fifth series — and we're so happy to have you, Janette!

First joining Strictly in 2013, she was paired fashion designer Julien Macdonald before bowing out in week four. In 2014, she teamed up with EastEnders star Jake Wood and made it all the way to the Semi-Final, thanks in part to a body-bending Salsa in week two.

2015 saw Janette partner with Peter Andre and make it all the way to week 10 — they earned a respectable 31 points for their American Smooth, but an early exit during the quickstep-a-thon sealed their fate. The following year didn’t fare as well for her though, as her pairing with Melvin Odoom in 2016 saw her cast out of the competition in week one.

She lasted a little longer in 2017, finishing in 10th place with JLS member Aston Merrygold, and is hoping to go even further with Dr Ranj Singh this year!

Janette’s favourite dances are the Rumba, which she loves incorporating contemporary moves into, and the more traditional Quickstep.

Background

Janette was born in Miami, Florida and was a relative latecomer to the pro-dancing world. After attending Florida International University focusing on finance, she worked in a bank for seven years, whilst continuing her dance training in Ballroom, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Salsa.

At 24 she became a top eight finalist in the US version of So You Think You Can Dance. Since then Janette has worked on the Academy Awards, danced with Jennifer Lopez, been a principal dancer on Glee and performed in dance stage show Burn the Floor for three years.

Trivia

Fellow Pro Aljazž Skorjanec is Janette's husband - the pair married in July 2017!

If she could have one super power, she’d like to be invisible so that she can sneak around and see what’s really going on...

Janette loves interior design and her ideal day out is a trip to Ikea!

Her favourite film is Ace Ventura and her favourite food is Cuban.

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