Janette Manrara of Strictly Come Dancing has left the show to take over as Zoe Ball’s replacement on It Takes Two.
Janette Manrara, a professional partner on Strictly Come Dancing, will take over as host of BBC Two spin-off It Takes Two, replacing Zoe Ball.
On the weeknight sister show, the 37-year-old American dancer and choreographer will co-host with Rylan Clark-Neal, who made his debut last year.
After replacing Claudia Winkleman in 2011, Ms Ball stepped down as host in May after a decade on the show.
Ms Manrara’s new employment necessitates her departure from Strictly, and new professional dancers for 2021 will be announced soon.
She made the announcement on BBC One’s The One Show, saying: “I’m not going to dance. I don’t want to cry because I’ve been crying a lot today, but accepting this incredible honor to join It Takes Two has been the most difficult aspect.
“It’s the realization that I won’t be dancing on that renowned Strictly stage any more. However, I believe that this is the most lovely and natural growth.
“I am still a part of the Strictly family, I will continue to visit my fellow pros on a regular basis, and I will continue to dance as they say,” she says. I’ll figure out how to keep dancing.”
She continued, ” “I honestly can’t express how grateful I am to be given this opportunity. When I think about it, the saying that keeps coming to mind is, “All our goals can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” That was said by Walt Disney.
“My mother and father at home, as well as my extended family in Miami, were immigrants from a modest Cuban family who came over and now have a daughter who is hosting a major dance show in the United Kingdom.
“They couldn’t be more pleased. I’m ecstatic to be able to share this with such an incredible group of people.”
Ms Manrara first appeared on Strictly in 2013, dancing with Welsh fashion designer Julien MacDonald.
She later partnered with Jake Wood (2014), Peter Andre (2015), Melvin Odoom (2016), Aston Merrygold (2017), Dr Ranj Singh (2018), Will Bayley (2019) and last year. Summary ends.