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Strictly's HRVY: I couldn't get too close to Maisie Smith even if I wanted to

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
HRVY told Lorraine Kelly he and Maisie Smith are just friends. (ITV)
HRVY told Lorraine Kelly he and Maisie Smith are just friends. (ITV)

Strictly Come Dancing’s HRVY has said he is not allowed to even get close to fellow contestant Maisie Smith, as he dismissed rumours they are dating.

The 21-year-old singer and presenter is competing in the BBC dance competition alongside the 19-year-old EastEnders actress - but insists social distancing measure mean they are not more than friends.

HRVY told ITV’s Lorraine: “I would tell you if anything was going on, trust me I would. We are just friends. Because of the whole pandemic, no one can be within [two metres] of each other. But we are just friends, we are just dancing but she is a very lovely girl. Very talented, very beautiful, but for now we are just focusing on the old dancing.”

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Maisie Smith is one of the favourites on this year's Strictly. (BBC)
Maisie Smith is one of the favourites on this year's Strictly. (BBC)

The CBBC presenter, real name Harvey Cantwell, who was joined on the show by his dance partner Janette Manrara, added: “This has been one of the best experiences ever, I didn’t realise how much I loved dancing. It’s been a dream to be with Janette but it’s been really hard as well.”

Smith recently admitted she though HRVY was “beautiful” and that she would like to see more of him in the future.

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She said: “He is a beautiful-looking guy, but I have only seen him for a couple of hours a week so I am still enjoying getting to know him.

“I don’t know what would happen in the future, but for now we are getting along really well as friends.”

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Max George, Nicola Adams, Jacqui Smith, Caroline Quentin, HRVY, Bill Bailey, Jamie Laing, Jason Bell, JJ Chalmers, Maisie Smith, Clara Amfo, Ranvir Singh - (C) BBC - Photographer: Ray Burmiston
Max George, Nicola Adams, Jacqui Smith, Caroline Quentin, HRVY, Bill Bailey, Jamie Laing, Jason Bell, JJ Chalmers, Maisie Smith, Clara Amfo, Ranvir Singh (BBC)

Strictly contestants had to self-isolate before filming began this year and are being kept in bubbles with the respective professional dance partners, to limit the spread of coronavirus.

HRVY tested positive for COVID-19 in September, shortly before the launch show.

But after isolating he was confirmed “Covid-free” just in time to take part in the competition.

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