We stand up shut and really private with our fave Strictly Come Dancing execs Aljaž skorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Gorka MÁrquez

We stand up shut and really private with our fave Strictly Come Dancing execs Aljaž skorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and Gorka MÁrquez

WHO’S head over heels in love, who’s prepared for youths and who received’t go on stage with out excellent hair? We stand up shut and really

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WHO’S head over heels in love, who’s prepared for youths and who received’t go on stage with out excellent hair? We stand up shut and really private with our fave Strictly Come Dancing execs.

Aljaž skorjanec, 28


Ajaz Skorjanec
Ajaz Skorjanec says spouse Janetter Manrara is his greatest fan

What do individuals say to you once they recognise you on the street?

It’s all the time the identical: “You’re my favorite.” I do know they solely say it as a result of it was a Brucie catchphrase, however I nonetheless consider it.

Any uncommon encounters with followers?

With Janette [Manrara, 35, Aljaž’s wife and fellow Strictly dancer] each single day – she’s my greatest fan.

Aljaz with Daisy Lowe on Strictly Come Dancing
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What’s it like working with Janette?

I adore it, however we most likely see one another the least on Strictly. We rehearse with our celebrities 24/7, and might’t wait to get dwelling and see one another.

Do you ever argue?

After all, each couple has their ups and downs. We argue most once we’re rehearsing collectively – I’m 6ft tall and she or he’s 5ft, so it could possibly get very irritating.

Aljaz, pictured with Daisy Lowe, is from a tiny city in Slovenia
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How do you retain the romance alive?

We don’t need to attempt – it’s all the time there. However we do have date nights. When Janette was eradicated we went to a lodge and had an evening off collectively.

Are youngsters on the horizon?

I hope so – we each love them. My little sister has simply had a child lady and she or he’s making me actually broody. I’d have 5 if Janette will let me, however it’s as much as her!

Aljaz says it’s unusual not having Brendan Cole round
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How do you keep grounded?

By remembering the place I got here from. I’m from a tiny city in Slovenia and I attempt to go dwelling as a lot as potential to see my household and mates.

Who’s your favorite choose?

They every convey one thing completely different – Shirley is educated, Bruno is all about efficiency, Darcey is the fashionable one, and Craig is theatrical. It wouldn’t be the identical with none of them.

Which professionals wish to celebration?

Throughout the week we spend all our time with the celebrities, so all of us wish to have a drink on a Saturday night time. The ladies are all the time final on the dance flooring, however I’m usually the one turning off the lights on the finish of the night time.

Is it unusual with out Brendan Cole?

Completely, he was an enormous character, and everybody misses him.

What do the boys do backstage?

We now have our personal dressing room and generally usher in a PlayStation to play FIFA. It will get fairly aggressive.

Giovanni Pernice, 28

Giovanni Pernice
Giovanni Pernice says individuals usually mistake him for Gino D’Acampo

Which Strictly companions have you ever stayed in contact with?

All of them, however I’m significantly shut with Debbie McGee. We’re each very busy, however we catch up. I lately launched her to Faye [Tozer, his dancing partner], which was pretty.

Do you get recognised so much?

Folks recognise my face not simply because I’m on tv, however as a result of I’m lovely. I’m fairly modest, too! The weirdest factor is when individuals come as much as me and assume I’m Gino D’Acampo.

Giovanni Pernice
Giovanni Pernice loves a twig tan earlier than he hits the dance flooring
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Who’s essentially the most useless individual on the present?

Me. I all the time have a twig tan – I’m going for Venetian, which is admittedly darkish, and I’m explicit about my hair. It’s essential to me to get it proper earlier than I’m going on stage.

Of all of the professionals, whose dancing do you envy essentially the most?

That’s foolish, I’m the very best dancer!

Giovanni Pernice
Giovanni would love to bop with the Queen as a result of she’d get numerous votes
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Do you might have a fortunate attraction?

I all the time put on my grandad’s ring. He gave it to me after I was little, in addition to my gold necklace and stud earrings. If I don’t have these issues on, you’ll discover me freaking out backstage.

Who’s your dream dance companion?

I’d love to bop with the Queen – as a result of she’s standard she’d get numerous votes. And she or he’s fairly handsome too, so why not?

What’s happening between you and Ashley Roberts?

We’re simply good associates, nothing extra. She’s a tremendous dancer and individual, however we’re not relationship. I’m single and able to mingle.

Are dancers higher in mattress?

I don’t learn about dancers, however I can let you know about Italian stallions – if you happen to haven’t been with one earlier than then belief me, you must attempt it.

You had been pictured arguing along with your ex Jess Wright on the Delight of Britain Awards. What went on?

It was the primary time we’d seen one another after we broke up earlier this yr and it was a standard argument between two individuals who have cut up. It occurs, that’s life – we’re tremendous now.

Are you able to quiet down?

I don’t assume so as a result of I’m actually busy engaged on my touring present
in the mean time, however by no means say by no means. If love comes into my life, in fact I’m open to it, however I’m having fun with specializing in work proper now.

Gorka MÁrquez, 28

Gorka Marquez
Gorka Marquez met his girlfriend Gemma Atkinson on the present

What’s been your private Strictly spotlight?

My love story with Gemma [Atkinson, 34]. I by no means imagined I’d meet somebody on the present. I’ve received a job to do and that’s that, however one thing particular occurred after I met her.

Does she ever get jealous of all the feminine consideration you get?

I don’t assume she does. Gemma could be very assured in herself and, to be sincere, I’m the fortunate one being along with her. She has nothing to fret about.

Gorka and Gemma
Gemma has Facetimed Gorka’s mother and father in Spain
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What’s the most uncommon piece of fan mail you’ve acquired?

Toys and collars for Gemma’s canines. Nobody cares about me any extra!

Why do you assume there’s a Strictly Curse?

I don’t assume it’s restricted to Strictly. You may be working in an workplace, at Tesco, or on a film – it occurs. Normally, the individuals concerned are sad or have relationship downside.

Gorka says girlfriend Gemma makes him a really particular man
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Are dancers higher in mattress?

Effectively, Gemma’s very completely happy, so sure!

Inform us a Strictly secret…

It’s laborious to maintain a secret on Strictly! However each Saturday night time earlier than the present, we get Domino’s – now we have about 50 pizzas. I don’t eat it although. Try my six-pack for why…

What was it like being partnered with Katie Piper this yr?

Assembly Katie was superb, she’s such an inspirational individual. Her lifestyle after all the pieces she’s been by means of is unbelievable. We received shut and we’ll keep in contact.

Is the UK dwelling now?

Sure, I adore it – I simply want it was a bit sunnier. I’ve an excellent job and my companion is right here, so I’m not leaving.

Is Gemma The One?

We’ll see, however I hope so. Every part goes in the correct course. She makes me a really completely happy man.
Does your loved ones like her?

She’s spoken to them on FaceTime and my mum and pop love her. And her household has actually welcomed me.
What’s essentially the most romantic factor you’ve completed for her?

Earlier this yr, I used to be in Spain and she or he was in Manchester. We’d been aside for 10 days and I missed her, so I received on a airplane to shock her. I messaged her at 3am saying: “See you in a number of hours,” and I used to be at her entrance door at 8am.

● Watch Strictly Come Dancing, tonight, BBC1.

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