Aliona Vilani to return to Strictly Come Dancing?
Aliona Vilani wants to return to 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
The 31-year-old professional dancer announced she was leaving the show after the last series - which ended in December - to settle down and have a family with husband Vincent Kavanagh however, she is keen to make a comeback on the celebrity dance competition this Autumn.
She revealed: "I won't be dancing with a celebrity in the next series. But hopefully I'll still be involved in the show in other ways."
The Russian beauty - who, along with Jay McGuiness, was crowned the winner of the BBC One ballroom show last year - also admitted that she "cried her eyes out" when she originally made up her mind to leave 'Strictly'.
She told the Daily Star newspaper: "I'm missing it already. When I decided to leave after the final I cried my eyes out. It was very upsetting for me. It was a really hard decision. I had enjoyed the season so much."
The only thing holding Aliona back from becoming a full-time dancer again is not being able to "balance' having children and sticking to 'Strictly's' rigorous schedules and so she'd only be up for dancing if her hours were flexible.
She explained: "It would be a hard balance being on Strictly and starting a family. I want to have two or maybe three children. Strictly consumes your life. It takes five months out of the year and I wouldn't want to be away from my family for that long. "I had no choice but to give up being one of the professionals. But if I was told I could have a couple of days off, that might change my mind."