BBC Strictly Come Dancing fans say ‘it’s your turn’ as popular pro reacts to Aljaz Skorjanec’s return after two years

Strictly Come Dancing fans have revealed who will follow in Aljaz Skorjenc’s footsteps and return to the ballroom after his return was confirmed. The dancer will return to the BBC One dance competition this year, two years after his exit.

Aljaz, a 19-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom, Latin and Ten Dance, was part of the show for nine seasons before leaving ahead of the 2022 season. Fans will remember that he lifted the Glitterball in his debut year with Abbey Clancy in 2013, before finishing runner-up in 2017 with his celebrity partner and now girlfriend Gemma Atkinson.

It was then announced that the fan-favourite dancer will return to our screens in the autumn, in Strictly’s 20th year.

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After announcing the news live on The One Show, Aljaz took to social media to post a snap of himself in full gear. Alongside it, Aljaz wrote: “Here it is… @bbcstrictly is back for its 20th anniversary this autumn… and so am I!”

He added: “I am so grateful for this very special opportunity. I can’t wait to be back in that legendary ballroom and give my little one the chance to see me on the best show on TV #lifeisbeautiful #danceon.”

But it wasn’t just fans expressing their joy, Aljaz’s Strictly co-stars and famous friends also rushed to share their news. Gorka Marquez commented: “There he is!!!”, while Amy Dowden replied: “Come on in! I’m so excited Ali Ali Ali.” Neil Jones posted: “It’s like you never left. Welcome back GOAT.” Carlos Gu wrote: “What amazing news. Welcome back ‘new guy’.”

Nadiya Bychkova wrote: “Best news ever friend.” Nikita Kuzmin shared: “ALI ALI ALI! HOI HOI HOI! The banana shapes are back like they never left.” Jowita Przystał replied: “Get in!!!!!!! Yes Ali I look forward to dancing with you again!” Dianne Buswell added: “Soooooooo excited oh my god.”

Kevin Clifton showed his support for Aljaz's Strictly return - Source: Kevin Clifton InstagramKevin Clifton showed his support for Aljaz's Strictly return - Source: Kevin Clifton Instagram

Kevin Clifton showed his support for Aljaz’s Strictly return – Source: Kevin Clifton Instagram

Former Strictly star Kevin Clifton, meanwhile, shared a snap of the pair on his own Instagram page and congratulated his friend on the news, writing: “So excited to see my boy @aljazskorjanec return to @bbcstrictly. A winner in his first year, amazing dancer, amazing teacher and lovely guy. Can’t wait to see it.”

But it wasn’t long before the dancer, who now regularly performs on West End stages but is still an avid Strictly viewer, was inundated with comments about his possible return to the popular BBC show.

@purpleis27 said: “Come on King Kevin… we’re waiting for you to come back too.” @kirstie.goodwin79 commented: “Now it’s your turn to come back Kevin then. I guess if they did a poll to ask who the most popular pro of all time is you’d win it hands down!” @sarahcattle1 wrote: “I love that he’s coming back but I’d love to see you back too, that would be the best news ever.”

@kazman6411 replied: “We want King Kevin back on Strictly.” @tracekazjacko posted: “Come on Kevin. We need you back too!!!” @billie_jade_ shared: “Waiting for your return.” @gilly_bean1 added: “Glad he’s coming back and it would be double the joy if you Kevin came back too.”