Aljaz Skorjanec says it was ‘heartbreaking’ without a live audience in Strictly 2020

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Aljaz Skorjanec, 30, has 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 and professional dancers were asked to form a social bubble with their celebrity partners.

A small sacrifice in order to put the show on

Aljaz Skorjanec

Aljaz and his wife, fellow Strictly dancer Janette Manrara, 37, were forced to live separately during the competition, to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Speaking about the possible return of a live audience when the show kicks off in September, Aljaz said: “It’s massively important.

“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.

“We feel awful having to postpone our Remembering The Oscars tour for a second time due to the pandemic.

“But we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to film some of the highlights from the show,” the couple shared on social media.

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They continued to say: “We were devastated that another year would go by without sharing what we truly believe is our best show to date. 

“Hopefully this will give our audience and fans a taster of what is to come next year.”

Aside from their career plans, the long-time couple were also hoping to begin a family this year.

They divulged it is never the “perfect time” to have a baby, but they feel now is the right time for them to begin trying.

On Loose Women, Janette explained: “I think what Aljaz and I kind of discovered in the first lockdown and being separated is how much we really are a team, and that when we do decide to have children we are more than ready.

“Because we really, really do love and support each other, and I think for any newcoming parent or people that are considering becoming parents, the most important thing is that mum and dad have this kind of unity and really feel like they are going to go at this together.”

Janette and Aljaz became engaged in 2015 and tied the knot three years later in a stunning London ceremony.

The couple have both appeared as professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing since 2013.

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