The Strictly It Takes Two presenters 2022 are back to take fans through all the highs and lows of the contestants' dancing journey ahead of each weekend's main shows.
And though things are slightly different, with Anton Du Beke (opens in new tab) returning for another year after making his debut on the judging panel in 2021 and professional dancer Oti Mabuse announcing 2021 was her final series (opens in new tab) as a dancer, there are four new Strictly Come Dancing pros (opens in new tab) taking to the floor so there's plenty of dancing talent to keep viewers eager for more this autumn.
Though if two shows a week just isn’t enough, for its 20th anniversary series, there’s always Strictly’s companion show, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, to see you through ahead of the weekend performances.
But who are the Strictly It Takes Two presenters in 2022 and why did Zoe Ball leave? We reveal all you need to know about the show’s presenting line-up...
Who are the Strictly It Takes Two presenters 2022?
The Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two presenters in 2022 are Rylan Clark-Neal and Janette Manrara. Fans of the Strictly companion show will already be familiar with Rylan, though the popular presenter is also known for his past appearances on ITV daytime (opens in new tab) show, This Morning. He hosted It Takes Two alongside former presenter Zoe Ball from 2019 onwards and he is back again in 2022.
This will no doubt have delighted the presenter’s fans after Rylan sparked concern (opens in new tab) with his absence from hosting his Radio 2 show and from social media over the summer of 2021.
Speaking about his return, Rylan said, "It feels so amazing to be back! Being part of the show for the last four years has been a pleasure. To be part of the show for such a big anniversary is such an honour."
"Everything that you love about the show. Me and Janette will be bringing Strictly five nights a week into your homes. You can expect all the backstage gossip, exclusive clips of rehearsals and some fun content," he teased about the new series.
Reports have recently claimed that he and his husband Dan Neal are “to divorce” (opens in new tab). Despite the speculation, however, Rylan has now returned to his work commitments and is back on the Radio and on TV, with It Takes Two 2022 due to start on Monday, 26th September at 6.30pm on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.
This year Rylan is joined once again by professional dancer Janette, who has departed the main show after the 2020 series, where she reached the final partnered with singer HRVY. Janette had danced on the show from 2013 and the news that she would be returning as one of the Strictly It Takes Two presenters was confirmed earlier this year.
Janette will be sharing presenting duties with Rylan across each week, and Janette has shared her joy at returning. "It feels so wonderful to be back on It Takes Two with Rylan!" she said. "It was a dream come true for me last year and so to be back for my second year, I could not be happier! The 20th series feels like it will be a very special one so I'm absolutely honoured to still be a part of such an amazing show!!"
The pair revealed what they were doing when they were 20, to which Rylan confessed, "When I was 20 I was in a boyband in Ibiza!" and Janette spilled, "I was working at a bank, going to university, and dancing every spare minute of my day."
And she shared the secrets for why Strictly is so popular 20 years on, "I believe it just gets better and better each year, but it's also the tradition of it. It's the lead up to Christmas, and being able to watch something with a cuppa with your whole family is so special. There really is something for everyone on the show. It's the most beautiful escapism, filled with joy and great storytelling and entertainment."
The BBC 100 themed week will see some of the couples dancing to iconic BBC theme tunes and Janette admitted she'd love to dance to The BBC News theme if she were still dancing. "I can see a couple's choice hip-hop, or Tango, or Paso Doble being done to it!" she explained.
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With many weeks still to come until we see this year’s winner of Strictly Come Dancing crowned, Janette and Rylan will have plenty more dancing, laughs and insights to share until the final. "More fun, more exciting facts about dance and our couples from this series and throughout the years, and just an overall feeling of true appreciation and love for one of the best shows on telly," Janette added.
Why was there a new Strictly It Takes Two presenter in 2021?
Janette Manrara stepped in alongside Rylan as the new It Takes Two presenter back in 2021 after his previous co-host Zoe Ball departed the show after 2020’s series. The popular TV and Radio presenter Zoe took over from Claudia Winkleman as host of the Strictly Come Dancing spin off show in 2011. Meanwhile Claudia went on to present the main show and has previously opened up about her imposter syndrome upon taking on this prestigious role.
However, despite capturing the hearts of fans across the nation and following in Claudia’s brilliant footsteps, Zoe took to Instagram in May 2021 to announce the sad news that she would be leaving after a decade on It Takes Two.
Posting a selection of sweet snaps from her time on the show, Zoe explained in her caption, ‘Dance lovers, after 10 joyous years I am waltzing away from It Takes Two. As a massive @bbcstrictly fan I have loved spending my Autumn teatimes with the celebrity dancers, the gorgeous & awesome pro dancers, the judges, my girl Vicky Gill, Rylan, Gethin & of course my main man Ian Waite.’
She also reflected upon how, despite her departure, she would continue to remain a fan of the show and cheer on this year’s line-up from home.
‘I will continue to support the Strictly family on the Breakfast Show & can’t wait to watch the Class Of 2021 from my sofa’, she explained, before going on to add that she would miss everyone involved ‘immensely’.
Meanwhile, Janette Manrara also announced her decision to step down from her former role as professional dancer on Strictly early 2021. During an interview with Hello! magazine (opens in new tab), the talented dancer revealed that she and her husband and fellow pro dancer Aljaž Škorjanec, who quit in 2022 (opens in new tab), are hoping to start a family.
"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," she said.
"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.”
Janette added, “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."
Why did Zoe Ball leave It Takes Two?
For anyone who was wondering who the Strictly It Takes Two presenters are in 2022, the question of why Zoe Ball left It Takes Two might also have been on your minds. In her original Instagram announcement, Zoe’s caption mentioned that it was, ‘Time now for some new cha cha challenges’. And this was something that the star reportedly mentioned once again during her BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
As reported by Express.co.uk (opens in new tab), Zoe told listeners that “walking away” from It Takes Two was “one of the hardest decisions” she’d ever had to make. She then reportedly went on to reveal more detail surrounding the reasons for her momentous decision.
“I love that show, you know how obsessed I am with Strictly,” she explained. “But after 10 years, sometimes you’ve got to give yourself some new challenges.”
She added, “Also I don’t get to see my Nell in the morning. So to be able to see her in the evening is such a lovely thing because she’s growing up so fast.”
Zoe’s co-parents daughter Nelly (11) and son Woody (20) with her former husband Norman Cook, AKA Fatboy Slim. With her work on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show meaning early starts, the evenings, when It Takes Two is filmed, will now be free for Zoe to spend with her children.
Strictly launch show airs on Friday 23rd September 7pm on BBC One and the first live show airs on Saturday 24th September on BBC One.
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