Strictly Come Dancing eyeing Pasquale La Rocca as Aljaz Skorjanec’s replacement?

Strictly Come Dancing bosses are said to be keen on Pasquale La Rocca to potentially replace Aljaz Skorjanec (pictured with wife Janette Manrara) credit:Bang Showbiz
Strictly Come Dancing bosses are said to be keen on Pasquale La Rocca to potentially replace Aljaz Skorjanec (pictured with wife Janette Manrara) credit:Bang Showbiz

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ bosses are said to be keen on Pasquale La Rocca to potentially replace Aljaz Skorjanec.

The ‘Dancing with the Stars’ champion, who’s won the Irish version of the show twice, as well as the Belgian version once, is thought to be in line to replace the Slovenian professional dancer, who announced his departure from the BBC Latin and ballroom show last month.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “’Strictly’ bosses have drawn up a wish list and would love Pasquale as long as they could prise him away from the Irish show. He is super-talented and an exciting prospect.”

If successful, it would see the Italian choreographer go down the same career path as Kai Widdrington, who also joined ‘Strictly’ from ‘Dancing with the Stars’.

Pasquale recently sparked speculation he could be making a move.

He said: “When you are part of the ‘DWTS’ market around the world, of course you are seen and spotted by other countries. You have to leave and go to another place.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. But I’m a big fan of the ‘Dancing With The Stars’ franchise. I haven’t stopped moving since I started in 2019, and I will keep going.”

The BBC have already confirmed some of the pros for this year’s series, including Dianne Buswell, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Neil Jones, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Giovanni Pernice, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Nancy Xu, and Kai.

Two more pro dancers are expected to be announced for the show, following the exits of Oti Mabuse and Aljaž.

In a statement released last month on Instagram, Aljaž said: “On a beautiful sunny day in May 2013 one phone call changed my life forever!

“It went like this… we would like to offer you a position on @bbcstrictly as a professional dancer. A dream became a reality and it was the biggest opportunity for a 23 year old boy from Slovenia

“It didn’t matter how many beautiful ballrooms I performed in during my competitive career, stepping onto the sacred Strictly floor was the most nervous I had ever been

“A little while ago I made the tough decision that Strictly 2021 would be my last. The show has given me an opportunity and freedom to create and express myself in front of millions of people every weekend for the last 9 years.

‘The love and support I got from the team of producers was second to none. Jason Gilkison, Sarah James, Kim Winston, Jack Gledhill are just a few of the unsung heroes behind the success of the show – I am forever grateful to them! (sic)”

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