‘It’s tough’ Janette Manrara opens up on ‘sadness’ of new Strictly role

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Earlier this year, the BBC announced Janette Manrara would be taking over from Zoe Ball on Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two. The Ballroom and Latin dancer presents the show alongside Rylan Clark-Neal but Janette admitted there was one aspect of her new role which wasn’t enjoyable. 

The former Strictly pro was asked if it’s harder to say goodbye to couple’s each week.

Each week, Janette interviews the contestants and their Strictly partners on It Takes Two.

She spoke to Express.co.uk at the Together For Short Lives’ Ball

Janette said: “It’s tough every year to say goodbye to somebody. 

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“Especially now after the halfway point, they’ve been there for a long time.

“They know how it works, they know how much it means to them. 

“And when you see it being taken it away from them their sadness kills me too.”

The Ballroom and Latin dancer revealed she felt couples were always focussed on making it through each week rather than lifting the Glitterball Trophy. 

She noted: “It’s not that anybody wants to actually go and win.

“I’m sure they do want to win but instead of thinking let’s win the competition they’re thinking they want to stay, they don’t want to leave.

“That for me is the part as a dancer that feels really nice, to know people have fallen in love with dancing and they don’t want to stop.”

The It Takes Two presenter admitted she couldn’t decide which couple will win this year’s series. 

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She continued: “I feel like it’s one of those series this year when you just genuinely don’t know what’s gonna happen.

“It’s everybody’s aim to get to that point, the final and because there are only three people in the final since we lost Rob [Webb].

“It’s a tough competition, I would not want to be competing this year.”

Meanwhile, bookmakers Ladbrokes have tipped Rose Ayling-Ellis at 1/4 to lift the Glitterball Trophy with Giovanni Pernice.

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Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite is her nearest competitor with odds of 13/2.

After AJ Odudu’s disappointing weekend with the judges, she trails behind at 8/1.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Seven celebs are still standing, but it’ll take nothing short of a miracle to stop Rose from adding her name to the Glitterball Trophy in a few weeks from now if the latest odds are anything to go by.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 6.40am.

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