Strictly’s Aljaz Skorjanec left speechless as he reunites with family after one year apart

Strictly: Aljaz Skorjanec gets surprised with message from family

Aljaz Skorjanec joined Gethin Jones on Morning Live for their daily workout but there was a surprise in store for the Strictly Come Dancing star. As he explained he hadn’t visited his family in Slovenia for over a year, Gethin encouraged Aljaz to send a message home but he wasn’t expecting a response.

After Aljaz spent months apart from wife Janette Manrara so they could compete in Strictly last year, he explained: “I have to say it is amazing having her home. It’s true.

“In 10 years of us being together we have never spent that much time apart and it was lovely to get her back home.

“But you know, after a day you go back to,” he continued pulling a face at the camera.

“No, it’s nice to have her home.”

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Gethin continued: “I know one thing you would have loved to have done this year was go back to Slovenia, I know how close you are to your family. When was the last time you saw them?”

“Gethin, it has been almost a year since I saw them and travelled home to see my family,” Aljaz replied.

“It’s hard knowing they are so close, it’s only an hour and a half flight away.

“Putting my family at risk, health risk, my sister is heavily pregnant, she’s about to give birth.

“I miss them massively but FaceTiming and Skyping help loads with keeping in touch but I can’t wait to get home and see them.”

Gethin told the dancer: “You’re such a loving uncle as well. I don’t know if they have Morning Live in Slovenia but if they did, what would you like to say to them.”

Speaking in Slovenian, Aljaz turned to the camera and sent a heartfelt message home to his family but wasn’t expecting a response so quickly.

Gethin exclaimed: “I tell you what, let’s think of that comment,” as Aljaz screamed out with joy.

The Strictly star was left speechless as his family waved at him and sent their own message back.

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His sister commented: “It’s a year last time we hug and kiss and we really can’t wait to have you again.

“It’s FaceTime and everything so we can see other. We love you and miss you and can’t wait to see you again.”

His appearance came after Janette spoke to Gethin on Tuesday and revealed the couple are “looking forward” to becoming parents.

“A baby, yeah! Do you know what it is?” Janette began. “It’s very scary being a dancer, my body is my tool, it’s what I use.

“Aljaz and I, we dance and work and do everything together so if you think about it, when I fall pregnant, that’s 50 percent of the team gone!

“But what Covid taught me is there’s never going to be a perfect time.

“Every time is the right time, so we’re very much looking forward to being parents and trust me, Morning Live would be the first to find out!”

Morning Live airs weekdays on BBC One at 9.15am.

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