Strictly’s Janette Manrara quits after 8 years to replace Zoe Ball on It Takes Two

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In a move we were not expecting, Strictly Come Dancing professional Janette Manrara has announced she's quitting the show and will be taking over from Zoe Ball on It Takes Two.

The talented star, who supported her husband Aljaz Skorjanec, appeared on Thursday evening's edition of The One Show and made the revelation.

Speaking about her new role, the 37 year old said: "It's a dream come true to become part of the It Takes Two team!

"Although it's impossible to fill the shoes of a legend like Zoe Ball, I hope to make her and all of the Strictly fans proud.

"I will miss dancing on that iconic dance floor weekly, but forever grateful to continue being a part of the Strictly Come Dancing family!"

The brunette beauty went on to admit that she's been emotional over the prospect of not dancing and has been trying to accept it.

She continued: "I will not be dancing. I don't want to well up because I have been welling up a lot today, but that has been the hardest part of accepting this amazing honour to join It Takes Two.

"It's the realisation that I will not be on that legendary Strictly dancefloor any more. But I feel that this is the most beautiful and natural progression.

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"I am still a part of the Strictly family, I am still going to be seeing my fellow pros all the time and I will keep dancing, as they say. I will find a way to keep dancing."

Janette first joined the BBC One show back in 2013 and has been partnered with stars such as Peter Andre, Jake Wood and Melvin Odoom to name a few.

Her husband Aljaz will continue on as a professional dancer on the main show.

In May, Zoe, 50, revealed she was stepping down from her role as presenter of It Takes Two after ten years.

Taking to Instagram, the mum-of-two shared a series of backstage pictures and shared the news to her devastated followers.

She expressed: "Dance lovers, after 10 joyous years I am waltzing away from It Takes Two.

"As a massive @bbcstrictly fan I have loved spending my Autumn teatimes with the celebrity dancers, the gorgeous & awesome pro dancers, the judges, my girl Vicky Gill, Rylan, Geth & of course my main man Ian Waite.

"Time now for some new cha cha challenges. I will continue to support the Strictly family on the Breakfast show & can't wait to watch the Class of 2021 from my sofa."

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