Janette Manrara: Being a judge on Strictly would be amazing

Janette Manrara would love to be a judge on Strictly credit:Bang Showbiz
Janette Manrara would love to be a judge on Strictly credit:Bang Showbiz

Janette Manrara thinks it would be "amazing" to become a judge on 'Strictly Come Dancing.'

The 38-year-old star served as a professional dancer on the BBC Latin and ballroom competition from 2013 until 2020 and now presents spin-off show 'Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two' with Rylan Clark, but would "never say never" to the idea of getting a seat on the judging panel alongside the likes of Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas.

Asked if she would like to become a judge, she said: "Never say never. Don't get me wrong, think we've got an amazing line-up right now. But it would be an amazing opportunity."

Meanwhile, the former 'So You Think You Can Dance' star - who tied the knot with fellow 'Strictly' professional dancer Aljaž Škorjanec in 2017 - explained that while there is "a lot of pressure" to look a certain way on television, she has learned to "care less" about her appearance on screen since she turned 30.

She told The Sunday Mirror's Notebook Magazine: "Everyone has a thing and I have mine. I forget how lucky I am to have someone like Aljaž, especially when you do a photo shoot and you're trying on different outfits. He always makes me feel pretty - he's done that brilliantly since day one. There's a lot of pressure on anyone who's on TV to look a certain way. I have felt pressure but since I turned 30 that has dwindled and the older I get, the less I care. There is a transition happening in the beauty world, and I think in television as well. Strictly is the perfect example that you can have anyone of an shape and size.

"What makes 'Strictly' so special is that it is so inclusive. There's someone for everyone and it makes everyone feel seen valued and appreciated."