Aljaz Skorjanec Biography – Aljaz Skorjanec Wiki
Aljaz Skorjanec is a professional dancer and choreographer from Ptuj, Slovenia. He is known for his appearances as a professional dancer in the British television dance contest, Strictly Come Dancing. On March 28, 2022, Aljaz announced via his Instagram handle that he was leaving the show after a nine years tenure with the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer. He joined the show in 2013.
Aljaz started dancing and competing at an early age, he is a 19-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom, Latin, and Ten Dance. During his professional dancing career, the Slovenian dancer was partnering with his fellow Slovenia Valerija Rahle Mbanwi. Some of his professional career highlights include recording top ten finishes in the 2004 World Championship in Moscow, Russia, 2004 World Championship in Lloret de Mar, Spain, at the 2005 World Championship in Maribor, Slovenia, and in the 2006 International Open in Ashdod, Israel.
Aljaz Skorjanec Strictly Come Dancing
Aljaz is one of Strictly Come Dancing most popular professional dancers. He joined the show in May 2013 and made his Strictly debut in September 2013 partnered with Abbey Clancy, an English lingerie and catwalk model, and television personality. The couple went on to win the series on 21 December 2013. Aljaz was the 4th professional dancer to win in their debut series. In September 2014, the Slovenian pro returned for the twelfth series paired with This Morning presenter, Alison Hammond. They were the sixth couple to be eliminated from the competition on 9 November 2014. They finished in 10th place.
In 2015, Aljaz returned for the thirteenth series partnered with actress, Helen George. They were the 10th couple to be eliminated from the show on 6 December 2015. They finished in sixth place. For the show’s fourteenth series, Aljaz was paired with fashion model Daisy Lowe. The couple was the seventh couple to be eliminated from the competition on 13 November 2016. They finished in 8th place. In 2017, he appeared in the fifteenth series partnered with actress Gemma Atkinson. The two made it to the season’s grand finale, but they finished as joint runners-up. Joe McFadden and Katya Jones won the series. In 2018, he returned for the 16th series partnered with BBC newsreader and journalist Kate Silverton. They were the 8th couple to be eliminated from the show on 18 November 2018. They finished in 8th place.
In 2019, Aljaz appeared in the show’s seventeenth series partnered with Emma Weymouth. They were the 6th couple to be eliminated from the competition on 3 November 2019. They finished in 9th place. For the 18th series, Aljaz was paired with television and radio presenter, Clara Amfo. They finished in 7th place. In 2021, Aljaz made his last appearance in the 19th series partnered with Dragons’ Den Sara Davies. The two finished in 8th place,
On March 28, 2022, Aljaz announced he was leaving Strictly Come Dancing, he said in a statement via his Instagram handle, “On a beautiful sunny day in May 2013 one phone call changed my life forever! It went like this… We would like to offer you a position on @bbcstrictly as a professional dancer. A dream became a reality and it was the biggest opportunity for a 23 year old boy from Slovenia. It didn’t matter how many beautiful ballrooms I performed in during my competitive career, stepping onto the sacred Strictly floor was the most nervous I had ever been.”
He added “A little while ago I made the tough decision that Strictly 2021 would be my last. The show has given me an opportunity and freedom to create and express myself in front of millions of people every weekend for the last 9 years. Being a part of a group of professionals that inspire and push you to be better every step of the way is humbling and I will carry that inspiration with me forever. Every year the lineup of dancers would change but one thing stayed the same, WE WERE THE BEST! And this is one thing that I know will never change on Strictly!”
“Strictly also has the BEST backstage team – the hair and make-up team, costume department, lighting, sound, props and special effects, camera operators… THANK YOU! My beautiful partners.. It’s hard to put into words how many beautiful memories we have had. I LOVE YOU ALL! To my bucka.. from picking songs, creating stories and choreographing steps we always did it as a team. Your talent and selflessness knows no bounds. We got to perform with Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, BBC Symphony Orchestra.. moments I will keep in my heart forever. I LOVE YOU!
“And finally, thank YOU, the people that watch Strictly who have been so kind to me all these years. Every comment, vote, kind message never went unnoticed. You are the reason we all do it, thank you! I have lots of exciting stuff planned that I will fill you in on soon. I can’t wait to see what the future holds! KEEEEEP DANCING!” he added.
His wife Janette Manrara said in a post, “I cannot express the sadness in my heart to see @aljazskorjanec say goodbye to @bbcstrictly, but at the same time there is so much joy in my heart for what he has brought to the show these past 9 years. I have admired him from the day I met him for his passion for dancing, but more than anything for his kindness towards anyone he encounters. As his wife and best friend, I could not be happier to know that he made so many smile during his time in Strictly; not just those who were watching from home, but also those who work behind the scenes. He makes every single person he encounters feel absolutely special; ask any of his partners throughout the years. He IS STRICTLY and what Strictly is all about; taking someone who wants to learn to dance, and making them truly fall in love with it.”
“All good things come to an end, but with every ending comes new beginnings. I cannot wait for the exciting adventures life will have for him in the future because I know at the center of all of his endeavours will be kindness and love for whatever he does. Thank you for giving him all of the love and support you have these past 9 years…. And thank you @aljazskorjanec for always being my biggest inspiration in any and everything that I do. May that long continue. I love you, and you and I will forever and always “keep dancing”
Strictly Come Dancing also announced that Aljaz has left the show via the show’s official Instagram handle, “After nine fabulous years on the show we are so sad to see @aljazskorjanec leave #Strictly. Thank you partner for everything.”
Aljaz Skorjanec Age
He was born on February 19, 1990, in Ptuj, Slovenia.
Aljaz Skorjanec Family
He is the son of Srečko Škorjanec and Nataša Škorjanec. Aljaž has a sister called Lara Škorjanec.
Aljaz Skorjanec Wife
Is Aljaz Skorjanec married? He is married to his wife Janette Manrara, a Cuban-American television presenter, choreographer, and professional dancer. Janette is known for America’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and the British dance reality television competition, Strictly Come Dancing. Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara were married in 2017. They have a daughter together, Tisa Anna.
Aljaz Skorjanec Height
He stands at a height of 6 feet (1.83 m) tall.
Aljaz Skorjanec Net Worth
Aljaz Skorjanec’s net worth is estimated to be $3 Million. His wife, Janette Manrara has an estimated net worth of $2 Million.