‘So homesick’ Strictly’s Aljaz Skorjanec shares struggle as he’s unable to return home

Aljaž Škorjanec discusses 'hardest part' of moving to London

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Aljaz Skorjanec, 31, joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2013, winning the show his first year with model Abbey Clancy. He lives in London with his wife Janette Manrara, 38, but has revealed he misses home a lot after not being able to travel back to Slovenia for over two years.

I haven’t been home for two years.

Aljaz Skorjanec

Due to Covid and work commitments Aljaz has not been able to travel home and see his family making him very “homesick”.

In a new interview on Clara Amfo’s podcast This City, Aljaz revealed he has finally found a piece of home in London.

After meeting two football players in an Italian restaurant, Aljaz asked them if there was anywhere they went to get Slovenian food.

Aljaz said to Clara about the restaurant: “They serve this proper authentic Serbian Bosnian grill which takes me home.

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“But, yeah, I haven’t been home for two years.

“I’m so homesick and that kind of made it up for it a little bit.”

He continued: “I was just a bit gutted that I had been here for 10 years and I found that out after nine years!

“Now that I have found out I actually go every single week, I try to go every Friday.”

Aljaz took part in this year’s Strictly with Dragon Den’s Sara Davies, but was voted out, coming eighth in the competition.

They will be reunited on the dancefloor this weekend as the final of Series 19 takes place on Saturday.

After the pair were voted out of the show, Sara paid an emotional tribute to Aljaz when they appeared on It Takes Two after their Strictly exit.

After the dance couple watched their best bits, host Rylan Clark asked Sara what she would be doing next, seeing as she doesn’t need to train with Aljaz every day.

She replied: “Do you know what? I woke up this morning and I was just lost.

“I was! I just usually have a little routine… The alarm goes off at 5 o’clock, check my Instagram Stories and [Aljaž] puts a little post and I’m like, ‘Oh, he’s woke up!’

“Then we meet at our little studio where we had our own set of keys and then I’d let us in and [Aljaž] would make us coffees and I’d turn the glitterball on, even though we really didn’t need a glitterball at 6 o’clock in the morning,” she laughed, while she wiped away her tears.

Sara continued: “But it just got us in the mood! Those first few hours in the morning before the VT teams would turn up, it would just be us and we’d have this intense learning. It was just wonderful.”

The Dragon’s Den star was not the only one to pen an emotional tribute with Aljaz praising Sara’s hard work in the results show.

He said: “I feel like from that day we met under the Angel of the North, I was so pleased to dance with you this season. Honestly, I wouldn’t want to dance with anybody else.

“You have been an absolute joy and a testament to hard work – not just on Strictly but with your business and you’re a beautiful mother.”

“Thank you for letting me spend so much time not just with you, but with the whole family, the Davies that are here tonight, all of the little ones at home.”

You can watch the Strictly Come Dancing final on Saturday on BBC One at 7pm.

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