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Aljaž Škorjanec

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Aljaž Škorjanec
Born (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 30)
Ptuj, Slovenia
OccupationDancer and choreographer
(m. 2017)
Partner(s)Valerija Rahle Mbanwi (2000–2008)

Aljaž Škorjanec (born 19 February 1990) is a Slovenian dancer and choreographer who has appeared on the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer.


Aljaž Škorjanec was born in Ptuj, Slovenia. He is a 19-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom, Latin and Ten Dance.[1] Between 2000 and 2008 his professional partner was Valerija Rahle Mbanwi.[2]

Strictly Come Dancing

In September 2013, Škorjanec became a professional dancer on the eleventh series of the British television show, Strictly Come Dancing. He was partnered with model Abbey Clancy. On 21 December, they won the series. He was the fourth professional to win in his first series of the show.

The following year, he returned for the show's twelfth series, where he was partnered with This Morning presenter, Alison Hammond. They were the sixth couple to be eliminated from the competition.

For the show's thirteenth series, he was partnered with Call the Midwife actress, Helen George. They were eliminated on Week 11 of the competition, leaving in sixth place.

For the show's fourteenth series, he was partnered with model Daisy Lowe. They were the seventh couple to be eliminated from the competition, leaving in eighth place.

For the show's fifteenth series, he was partnered with actress and former model, Gemma Atkinson.[3] The couple reached the finals, but on the 16 December, they finished as joint runners-up, behind winners Joe McFadden and his professional dance partner, Katya Jones.[4]

For the show's sixteenth series, he was partnered with BBC newsreader and journalist Kate Silverton. The couple were eliminated on week 9 in Blackpool, leaving in eighth place.

For the seventeenth series, he was partnered with socialite and chef, Emma Weymouth. They were eliminated on week 7, leaving in ninth place. [5]

For the eighteenth series, he was partnered with BBC Radio 1 DJ and presenter, Clara Amfo.

Series Partner Place Average
11 Abbey Clancy 1st 35.6
12 Alison Hammond 10th 24.6
13 Helen George 6th 33.0
14 Daisy Lowe 8th 31.8
15 Gemma Atkinson 2nd 31.0
16 Kate Silverton 8th 25.0
17 Emma Weymouth 9th 27.0
18 Clara Amfo 7th 27.0

Highest and lowest scoring performances per dance

Abbey Clancy

On the eleventh series, Škorjanec was partnered with model Abbey Clancy.

Alison Hammond

On the twelfth series, Škorjanec was partnered with television personality Alison Hammond.

Helen George

On the thirteenth series, Škorjanec was partnered with actress Helen George.

Daisy Lowe

On the fourteenth series, Škorjanec was partnered with model Daisy Lowe.

Gemma Atkinson

On the fifteenth series, Škorjanec was partnered with actress and model Gemma Atkinson.

Kate Silverton

On the sixteenth series, Škorjanec was partnered with journalist and newsreader Kate Silverton.

Emma Thynn, Viscountess Weymouth

On the seventeenth series, Škorjanec was partnered with model and socialite Emma Thynn, Viscountess Weymouth.

Clara Amfo

On the eighteenth series, Škorjanec was partnered with radio presenter Clara Amfo.

Dance tours and other professional engagements

In 2020 Škorjanec and Janette Manrara announced dates for their 2021 UK Tour "Remembering The Oscars"[6] and also announced appearances at the 2021 "Dancing With The Stars Weekends".[7]

In October 2020, Škorjanec announced a 2021 West End Show "Here Come The Boys".[8]

In 2017 Škorjanec took part in the national Strictly Come Dancing - The Live Tour in 2017[citation needed] and, with Janette Manrara, announced dates for their 2018 UK Tour "Remembering Fred"[9]

Personal life

Škorjanec loves football and is a big supporter of FC Barcelona. He also loves basketball, movies, and the TV shows Dexter and Game of Thrones. His favourite films are The Godfather and The Departed.[10] Škorjanec is married to fellow dancer Janette Manrara.[11]


  1. ^ "Aljaž Skorjanec". BBC. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Details of Aljaz Skorjanec - Valerija Rahle Mbanwi | World DanceSport Federation at".
  3. ^ "Who is Strictly Come Dancing celebrity contestant Gemma Atkinson?". Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing's Joe McFadden says 'never in a million years' did he think he would win show". Archived from the original on 19 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Pride & Prejudice: Emma Weymouth on sleeping with Longleat's lions and beating the blue-blooded bigots". Standard.
  6. ^ "Remembering The Oscars Tour 2020". Ents24. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  7. ^ "4* Weekend Break with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  8. ^ "Here Come The Boys". Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  9. ^ "Remembering Fred Tour - Relive the Magic of Fred Astaire". Remembering Fred. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing - Aljaž Skorjanec - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  11. ^ Henden, Amalie (2018-10-27). "Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec: When did Strictly professionals get married?". Retrieved 2018-11-05.

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