Strictly Come Dancing spin-off: Co-hosts confirmed

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The companion show to the multi-award-winning show Strictly Come Dancing confirms two co-hosts.

Strictly Come Dancing is a show that began broadcasting on BBC One on 15 May 2004, and it has become a staple on British television. According to Telegraph, It was titled the world's most successful reality television format by the Guinness World Records, with the rights to the show being sold by BBC to over 38 countries in the world.

The show has a companion series called It Takes Two, and the BBC notes that the primary focus of the show is on interviews with contestants, judges, and professional dancers, also backstage gossip, training room conversations, and generally an eye on backstage interactions. The two co-hosts confirmed to return are Janette Manrara and Rylan Clark-Neal.

Strictly Come Dancing spin-off: Co-hosts confirmed Dave J Hogan

A second opportunity for professional dancer Janette Manrara

The former Strictly professional dancer was born in Florida, America. The Sun reports that her venture into dance began through musical theatre, and she officially began studying dance at the age of 19. Alongside maintaining her passion for dance, she studied finance as well.

Her skills as a dancer were noticed after her entry into the American show So You Think You Can Dance. Following the recognition she built up at that point, she started performing as a principal dancer on Glee in 2010. It wasn't until 2013 that her professional dance career was kickstarted when she entered Strictly, after which she seized the upward trajectory of her career which ultimately lead to co-hosting It Takes Two alongside Rylan in 2021.

Manrara is married to the professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec. The couple met each other during a performance for Burn The Floor in 2010, and their relationship flourished from that point onward when they even entered Strictly at the same time in 2013.

Manrara notes:

I am so thrilled to be back hosting It Takes Two alongside the amazing Rylan! I’m very excited to bring the audience more great conversations with our couples, a lot of fun weeknight television entertainment and, of course, to celebrate my favourite show on TV, Strictly!
Strictly Come Dancing spin-off: Co-hosts confirmed Samir Hussein

Who is Rylan Clark-Neal?

Born Ross Richard Clark in Stepney, East London, Rylan is known for his energetic and sociable personality, and he is certainly not a newcomer when it comes to presenting on television. The Sun mentions that he began his modeling endeavors at the age of 16, at which point he adopted the name 'Rylan'.

Rylan auditioned for X-Factor in 2012 and captured the attention of the judges with his skills in singing and character. He then went on to win Big Brother in 2013, and his popularity earned him the opportunity to present for the spin-off Big Brother's Bit on the Side where he eventually met his husband, Dan Neal.

The seasoned presenter had a late-night show of his own titled Up Late with Rylan in 2016 where he interviewed celebrities, although due to low numbers the show wasn't renewed for a second season. Rylan's return to It Takes Two marks four years since he began presenting for the show.

The presenter said:

I’m so excited to be back at Strictly – It Takes Two for my fourth year. I absolutely love being part of the show. I’m so thrilled that my television wife Janette is joining me for the ride and we can’t wait to bring you all the back stage gossip from this year’s Strictly extravaganza. We can’t wait to start.A second opportunity for the professional dancer Janette Manrara
Strictly Come Dancing spin-off: Co-hosts confirmed Matt Kent/ITN 2013

Both of the presenters have expressed excitement about their return, and the fans will be thrilled to see the familiar faces delve into backstage interactions and interviews with contestants and other dance professionals. It Takes Two returns to BBC Two on 26 September, and Strictly Come Dancing on September 17.

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