Strictly Come Dancing pro Janette Manrara confirmed to replace Zoe Ball on It Takes Two

Janette Manrara announced to replace Zoe Ball on Strictly It Takes Two

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Janette Manrara has been confirmed to replace Zoe Ball on Strictly Come Dancing’s It Takes Two spin-off show.

The news was announced on Thursday’s The One Show, where Janette was confirmed to be stepping in to Zoe’s shoes after the presenter left the show after 10 years at the helm.

Janette, who had been a professional dancer on Strictly, called It Takes Two her dream gig – but admitted that she would be sad to no longer take part in the competition with a professional partner. 

She told Alex Jones: ‘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 most beautiful and natural progression.

‘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.’

It comes after Zoe announced she would be stepping down from It Takes Two after a decade as presenter. 

She announced the news in May, writing: ‘Dance lovers, after 10 joyous years I am waltzing away from It Takes Two. 

Janette Manrara
Janette Manrara is the new host of Strictly: It Takes Two (Picture: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)

‘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, Gethin & 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. 

Zoe Ball It Takes Two
Zoe Ball had hosted the show for 10 years (Picture: Ian Waite|Twitter)

‘Huge love & grateful thanks to Tess & Claude & the whole Strictly clan, the ITT fans, my Glam Squad, Eve Winstanley, Alex McLeod, the BBC2 gang, & of course the best telly crew ever. I will miss you all immensely. As Iveta would say “Friends for the life“ xx’.

Janette will now host the show along with Rylan Clark-Neal when Strictly returns later in the year. 

The One Show airs weekdays from 7pm on BBC One. 

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