It Takes Two: Where is Zoe Ball as the series returns?

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Zoe Ball quits Strictly Come Dancing's sister show It Takes Two after 10 years

Zoe Ball has fronted Strictly It Takes Two for 10 years (Picture: BBC)

Strictly It Takes Two is back for a brand new series after the first live Strictly Come Dancing show of 2021, when the new celebrities took to the floor for the first time.

The likes of Tilly Ramsay, Tom Fletcher, Dan Walker and AJ Odudu got glammed up and strutted their stuff for the judges, hand in hand and cheek to cheek with their professional dance partners.

The weekend’s dances and dramas are usually dissected on sister show It Takes Two as the couples sit down for a chat.

Host Zoe Ball fronted the BBC Two programme as she grilled the contestants about how their last performance went and what we can look forward to the following Saturday.

However it’s all change this year as the spin off show returns with a brand new face.

Where is Zoe Ball on It Takes Two – will she back?

Zoe is not on It Takes Two as she has now left the show, which she has hosted for the last 10 years.

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The radio presenter appeared as a contestant in the third series of Strictly before going on to replace Claudia Winkleman as host on It Takes Two in 2011.

She has been replaced by dancer Janette Manrara, a Strictly pro herself so she knows exactly what it’s like to be part of the show.

Janette Manrara and Rylan Clark Neal

Janette and Rylan Clark-Neal will be anchoring the show going forward (Picture: BBC)

Janette called the move ‘the most beautiful and natural progression’.

‘I am still a part of the Strictly family, I am still going to be seeing my fellow pros all the time and I will keep dancing, as they say. I will find a way to keep dancing,’ she added.

Why did Zoe Ball leave It Takes Two?

Announcing her departure in May this year, the broadcaster said it was ‘time now for some new cha cha challenges’. (We see what you did there…).

Zoe penned on Instagram: ‘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.

‘Time now for some new cha cha challenges.’

Zoe added that she can’t wait to watch the upcoming series of Strictly from the comfort of her own sofa, while sharing her gratitude to the team.

‘I will miss you all immensely,’ she concluded. ‘As Iveta would say “Friends for the life“ xx.’

A BBC Spokesperson said: ‘We’d like to thank Zoe for an amazing decade on It Takes Two, and she’ll always be part of the Strictly family. We will miss her sense of fun, passion for all things dance, and those amazing sequinned jumpers.’

Strictly It Takes Two airs tonight at 6.30pm on BBC Two.

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