Strictly’s Amy Dowden admits it’ll be ‘strange’ without Janette Manrara on BBC show

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It comes just weeks after professional dancer Janette Manrara revealed she was stepping away from the ballroom and instead, will present spin-off It Takes Two. Amy Dowden has now shared her thoughts on the upcoming series that has seen a major shakeup.

It’s going to be strange, but I’m also at the same time delighted.

Amy Dowden

Last week, it was announced that due to coronavirus isolation guidelines that Anton Du Beke would be stepping up to become a judge.

This comes as Bruno Tonioli will remain in Los Angeles where he lives and judges on Dancing With The Stars.

Zoe Ball also announced her departure from It Takes Two, with Janette stepping into her shoes.

However, the latest shakeup on the hit BBC show has left professional dancer Amy Dowden believing the atmosphere will be “strange”.

Speaking to Fubar Radio’s Bobby Noris and Stephen Leng on Access All Areas, Amy said: “It’s going to be strange, but I’m also at the same time delighted.

“She’s got herself her dream role, she’s worked really, really hard.”

The 30-year-old went on to add: “It’s great to see progression and, you know, to show that if you work hard at something, if you believe in it, dreams can come true.

“So I’m delighted for Janette and I know like again, she lives and breathes Strictly, so I don’t think she could have ever pulled herself away from the show. So this is perfect!”

Discussing her decision to step away from competing in Strictly, Janette told Hello! Magazine: “Starting a family is something we have been talking about for a while now and dancing was something I really had to think about when it came to making any kind of decision.

“The level of pressure that comes with being a professional on Strictly has now been lifted from my life, so I feel like I can breathe now when it comes to starting a family.”

She continued: “We definitely want to be parents and this has given us an opportunity to really take a look at that part of our lives and see what we can do moving forward.”

Meanwhile, Anton couldn’t contain his excitement as he announced his new role on the show.

In a video clip, he said: “My loves, I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be stepping into Bruno’s brogues. It’s a dream come true… And I promise to be kinder to all the couples than any of them have ever been to me!”

Bruno went on to add: “There is one person that could take my place – it’s just a shame they weren’t available…haha! Darlings, I’m kidding!

“Seriously, I have to tell you, Anton IS Mr Strictly and if anybody is filling in for me, it has to be him.”

Fellow judge Craig Revel-Horwood said he was “over the moon” – but hinted it could spell the end of Anton’s dancing days.

Speaking on This Morning he said: “There is a point in your life where you have to give up the dance shoes.”

While no celebrities have yet been announced for the upcoming series, Anton will be joined on the panel by Craig, head judge Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse.

BBC bosses are hopeful that the series will be able to run in full after last years was shortened due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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