Exclusive: Strictly's Janette Manrara dated Pasha, Artem, now in love with Aljaz!

Published Tuesday, Oct 1 2013, 00:01 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec are the newest dancers to join Strictly Come Dancing, and they're already spicing up our weekends.

The hot couple, who have been dating for two years, are taking the BBC1 show by storm, and Slovenian hunk Aljaz is certainly making headline for dancing with model Abbey Clancy, 27.

Strictly Come Dancing red carpet launch event held at Elstree studios, 9/04/2013


Hot couple Janette and Aljaz

While Aljaz is the envy of men nationwide for dancing with the WAG, women will equally envy Janette for dating two of her gorgeous co-dancers, Artem Chigvintsev and Pasha Kovalev.

The stunning 29-year-old tells us: "Pasha and I dated for about a month, we went for a few dinners, and Artem and I dated even less! We worked together in the West End for a while.

"He's a beautiful guy and we went out a few times, but we realised we were better as friends.

"There were no hard feelings, no drama. There's never been an issue and we're all great friends now.

"They're all good looking guys, so I guess I could pat myself on the back!"

Artem Chigvintsev at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012

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Artem Chigvintsev

Pasha Kovalev, Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch, London, England - 10.09.12


Pasha Kovalev

It's little wonder that Aljaz is smitten with Janette. As well as being extremely talented, she also has brains and used to be a banker.

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Growing up in a small Cuban neighbourhood of Florida, Janette went on to study finance at University before landing a top role as an assistant bank manager.

Since then, Janette has since danced for Jennifer Lopez, appeared on Glee and been on US dance show, Burn The Floor, where she met Aljaz.

But the romance nearly didn't happen – as Janette considered her boyfriend too good looking!

"It's funny because when I met him, I just wasn't interested. In my history of dating super hot guys, it's never gone very well so, although he was handsome, I avoided him and he had to chase me for about a year!" she laughs.

"Now I couldn't be happier, and it's a blessing that I've got him on Strictly with me because when I need a hug or support, he's there for me, and vice versa."


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