Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec delay baby plans for a year after signing up to Strictly 2021

JANETTE Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec have delayed their baby plans for year as they signed up for Strictly 2021.

The professional couple originally planned to have a baby this year after realising there was no "perfect time".

But it appears Janette, 37, and Aljaz, 31, will be pausing the plans as they have been announced as professional dancers on this winter's Strictly Come Dancing.

They will be joining Amy Dowden, Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Nancy Xu, Neil Jones and the two-year reigning champ Oti Mabuse.

Aljaz and Janette said in January that after enduring 2020, there was no "perfect time" to start a family – and so they were going to begin theirs.

Speaking to Hello! magazine, she said: "We always wanted to have a baby, but 2020 has definitely made me say to myself: 'You know what, Janette, it's never going to be the perfect time but it's always going to be the right time'.

"As a woman who's a dancer, my body is my job so it's scary to make that decision about the perfect time to start a family.

"I always thought there would be a perfect month and year, but what 2020 has made me realise is that perfect time is never going to come along."

She continued: "We're definitely ready to be parents so we will see when that moment comes – you can't plan it.

"We will be beside ourselves and Aljaz will be the best dad. He is such a wonderful man and I'm so lucky to have him."

The most recent series saw them forced apart as they isolated from each other so that they could train with their celebrity partners.

Aljaz was paired with DJ Clara Amfo, whereas Janette made it to the final with singer HRVY.

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