Aljaz Skorjanec says he proposed after awkward question from Strictly fan ‘I was sweating’

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Aljaz Skorjanec, 31, has recalled how he proposed to his wife Janette Manrara, 37, after being asked a very awkward question by a Strictly Come Dancing fan while the couple were performing on a cruise. The dance-duo first began dating in 2010 before getting proposed five years later and tying the knot in 2017.

I didn’t know what to say

Aljaz Skorjanec

Opening up on the circumstances behind his proposal to Janette, Aljaz shared how during a Q&A on a cruise ship a lady in the audience had asked when he would be popping the question.

He said on the couple’s podcast Twist and Shout: “She went right in and asked the question, ‘So Aljaz, when are you going to pop the question?’”

Janette added: “That was it, the whole room looked at you.”

Aljaz continued: “So the whole room looks right at me, no one says a thing, you can hear a pin drop and I just didn’t know what to say, so I turned red, blue, pink and I started sweating profusely.

“I was so nervous. I did not know what to say, that was it.”

The Cuban-American dancer remarked: “I remember your answer though, you said, ‘I was going to do it, and you have ruined the surprise now!’”

Aljaz admitted: “I was just trying to make a joke out of it.”

The 31-year-old explained how he decided to take action after being put on the spot and enlisted his colleague Kevin Clifton to help pick out a ring.

He continued: “I don’t know if we have ever met that lady since, but what she did unknowingly that same night… because you know on the cruises things stay open pretty late.

“So I said to Kev straight after the Q&A, I said, ‘Let’s leave the ladies for a little bit and come with me we’re going to go to the shop’.

“We got there, he was kind of holding the door for me. I found the ring, it was a beautiful ring for a cruise liner by the way.

“I found the ring and obviously you have one of the smallest hands in the world, so it was never going to be your size.

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“But I got the ring which was kind of what I already had in my head anyway. I bought the ring that same night.”

Despite the proposal not being planned. Aljaz admits he is grateful for the stranger who helped push him in the right direction.

He shared: “That lady stepped on my toes more than anyone ever had before, it’s not a bad thing! But she pushed a button that stayed on.”

It comes after Janette’s decision to bid farewell to the Strictly dance floor to host the BBC show’s spin-off It Takes Two sparked speculation from some of her fans that she could be expecting her first baby with her husband of four years.

One Strictly fan penned: “How long until we find out Janette is pregnant?! Happy that she’s the new #ItTakesTwo host! #Strictly.”

Another added: “This time next year Janette’s going to be pregnant, I’m calling it.”

A third wrote: “Wants to know if Janette is pregnant! #strictly.”

However, on her Instagram story, Janette maintained she is not pregnant at the current moment.

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