Aljaz Skorjanec discusses break from social media
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Aljaz Skorjanec, 31, has revealed to Express.co.uk that he “doesn’t know” if he can live separately from his wife Janette Manrara, 37, again, after the pair were asked to form a social bubble with their Strictly Come Dancing partners to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the series last year. The Slovenian born star shared how he will only think about the possibility of having to be apart from his spouse if the situation arises once more.
We always do everything together
Aljaz and Janette lived apart for the entire duration of Strictly last year, and it was the longest time in the couple’s 10 year relationship that they had been apart.
The 31-year-old admitted the couple had found it tough to be apart at first but had continued to remain “professional” despite the situation.
He shared: “We were so focused on the job. Me and Janette are professionals you know, we always do everything together, but this time it was done over FaceTime rather than in person.
“We spoke every day before rehearsals and after rehearsals. We have always been very supportive of each other.
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“Obviously when the season ended we couldn’t wait to get back together, as we couldn’t live together because we had to create our bubbles without celebrities, but again like I said, that’s a small sacrifice that all of us had to make.
“Some pros couldn’t be with their kids. So a little sacrifice is insignificant.”
Aljaz said being apart brought the couple closer together, after their decade long professional and romantic relationship.
However, he is uncertain if he will be able to manage being apart from the Miami born dancer again.
Opening up on the possibility of the coronavirus preventing them from living together during the contest this Autumn, Aljaz said: “I’m one of those people who thinks about the bridges when I’m about to cross them. I don’t know.”
He also opened up on the possibility of Strictly Come Dancing being able to have a live audience again later this year.
Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 series was unable to have fans watch the show in the studio.
Speaking about the possible return of a live audience when the show kicks off in September, Aljaz said: “It’s massively important.
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“First of all, I have to say that for last season to even go ahead with Strictly, it was such a privilege for us and for people at home who got that fix of positivity every Saturday.
“Not having an audience there was heartbreaking in a way, but on the other hand it’s such a small sacrifice in order to still put the show on,” he added to The Mirror.
The star also admitted it was tough to not have any “energy” to bounce off in the studio.
He continued: “It makes the show different because you can’t bounce off the energy in the studio.
“It’s hard to imagine standing and dancing in front of a camera and you can’t see 10 million people in the lens, but what you can see is 700 people in front of you in the studio, which is significantly less than how many sofas and TVs are tuning in around the country.”
Since comedian Bill Bailey lifted the Glitterball trophy alongside professional dancer Oti Mabuse last year, Aljaz and Janette have continued to remain busy.
The couple had been planning and preparing their Remembering The Oscars UK tour, which has not been postponed to Spring 2022.
Janette and Aljaz also transformed the show into a special streamed performance that fans were able to purchase tickets for and watch from home.
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