Strictly's Janette Manrara and Aljaž Škorjanec on how the show saved their relationship

Strictly's Janette Manrara and Aljaž Škorjanec talk to Kate about the early struggles of their long-distance romance, defeating the Strictly curse and celebrating Christmas on stage with their nationwide live dance show A Christmas to Remember

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ALJAZ SKORJANEC: Whenever you are working in the same space or in the same country, or in the same, you know, job for us, it's always a little bit easier than if you have to do it for a long distance. So many people make it work, but that, for me, was always the hardest, bit about making a relationship work.

JANETTE MANRARA: For us, "Strictly" literally changed our lives, not just our lives as performers and artists, but as a couple, because at that point, we were going to have to go back to the long-distance thing. The run that we were doing here in the UK together was finished, and I was going to go back to my place in LA, Aljaz was going to go back to Slovenia.

Something aligned for us that we both ended up getting "Strictly Come Dancing." We cried, we, screamed, we laughed. It was just the most magical moment, because immediately, the first thing we thought is, oh my gosh, we can stay together. Because going back to the long distance and going back to being so far apart, we thought, we don't know if we're going to make it. Because it was just-- there's long-distance, and then there's Los Angeles and Slovenia.