Strictly’s HRVY reveals he is ‘buzzing’ to perform on the BBC show

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HRVY has revealed he is ‘buzzing’ to perform on Strictly Come Dancing after he recovered from coronavirus and has shared the meaning behind his unusual name.

The YouTube sensation, 21, confirmed he was ‘free from Covid’ eight days after he said he had tested positive for the virus after mixing with co-stars on the BBC show. 

HRVY, real name Harvey Cantwell, described how he ‘couldn’t believe he had made it this far’ on the Saturday show and discovered he was paired with Janette Manrara. 

Star: HRVY, 21, has revealed that he is ‘buzzing’ to perform on Strictly Come Dancing after he has recovered from coronavirus and told the meaning behind his name

During the highly-anticipated pre-recorded launch show for the 18th series, HRVY told co-host Tess Daly: ‘I can’t believe I made it this far. I am fine – I did test positive for coronavirus but I isolated with my family and we followed the Government guidelines and I am here! So I’m buzzing.   

‘I am very nervous, I genuinely am but I am going to give it my best go and hopefully my hips don’t lie!’

The online sensation revealed how he has 4.5million followers on Instagram but described that he ‘doesn’t know’ why he is so popular on the social media channel. 

Wow: HRVY, real name Harvey Cantwell, described how he ‘couldn’t believe he had made it this far’ on the Saturday show and discovered he was paired with Janette Manrara (pictured) 

Speaking about his unusual moniker, he said: ‘My mum and dad spelt it H-a-r-v-e-y so, you know, the right way you would say. 

‘But when I was 17 I thought: “Do you know what? I need to be a bit cooler.” So I thought why not just take the vowels out of my name.

‘Hopefully it looks cool, I mean I think it looks cool, but I am biased.’ 

HRVY revealed how he is normally the first on the dance floor, adding: ‘I’d like to think that I have got a bit of rhythm and at a party I am the one that is definitely going to be on the dance floor – my hips don’t lie.

I’m back! HRVY has announced he is ‘free from Covid’, eight days after he revealed he had tested positive for the virus

‘As you can tell I probably don’t go to the gym at all but the one I thing I have been scared about is doing the lifts.’ 

HRVY took to Twitter last Thursday to announce he tested negative for coronavirus after being told by doctors to spend 14 days in isolation. 

He said: ‘He’s free from Covid, he’s a free elf now… thank you for all the kind messages, I tested negative today so I’m back, love you guys and see you all soon.’

Brave face: A smiling HRVY didn’t seem too bothered by his test results but admitted he was bored as he has to stay in his bedroom for the next fourteen days  in a video last week

The social media star celebrated the news by sharing a slew of snaps of himself jumping in puddles in his white Nike Air Forces. 

While many of his fans took to the comments to send their well-wishes to HRVY, others said getting drenched in the rain wasn’t the wisest way to celebrate.  

One wrote: ‘You’re covid free but you’re gonna get pneumonia if you stand out in the rain in puddles’, while another added: ‘Okay now please go inside, we don’t want you getting it’.  

HRVY tested positive just days after mixing with his co-stars on the BBC show. 

Line-up: The online sensation revealed how he has 4.5million followers on Instagram but described that he ‘doesn’t know’ why he is so popular on the social media channel. (Pictured: Hrvy and Janette Manrara) 

However a source previously said his positive test was ‘the worst-case scenario for Strictly, as they’ve gone to extreme lengths to make the show safe up to this point’.

A spokesman for the show insisted all celebrities on the show are ‘tested regularly’ and claimed that the positive test has had ‘minimal impact on production’.  

A smiling HRVY confirmed in a social media video last week that he was asymptomatic, but admitted he was ‘bored’ because he has to stay in his bedroom for the next 14 days.

He said: ‘Hi guys, so I wasn’t going to say anything cause I didn’t want to worry anybody, or be dramatic, but I’ve got coronavirus, I’ve tested positive, all is fine.’

‘I’m isolating. I have no symptoms luckily, so I’m just chilling, I’m bored. I’ve been making Tik Toks if you haven’t seen already but it just proves that us youngsters, we can get it and not even realise so for now stay safe. 

‘I’m fine, I’m chilling but I’m going to be in this bedroom for the next ten days or two weeks. I think it’s two weeks. I’m not sure but I’m going to be here for a while so I guess I’ll see you guys on the other side.’ 

After it was announced HRVY had coronavirus, he tweeted: ‘Morning guys, just a little thought. I’m only 21 and in good health so it just shows that being young doesn’t make you invincible, so make sure you wear a mask please, have a good day.’  

Celebrities including Nicola Adams, Jamie Laing and Maisie Smith discovered which professional dancer would put them through their paces in the upcoming weeks on the opening Saturday show. 

The pairings were revealed as Nicola and Katya Jones, Jamie and Karen Hauer, Maisie and Gorka Marquez, Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe, Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk, and Max George and Dianne Buswell. 

Infectious: HRVY tested positive just days after mixing with his co-stars on the BB (Harvey Cantwell) has tested positive for Covid-19 (pictured last year)

Strictly Come Dancing Contestants 2020


Age: 60

Profession: Actress, known for roles in Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek

Caroline says: ‘I hope my knees don’t let me down and I hope the foundation garments live up to expectations when I start leaping about!’

Fun fact: She met her now-husband, Sam Farmer in 1998 on the set of Men Behaving Badly when he was one of the studio runners.


 Age: 31

Profession: Singer – from former boy band The Wanted

Max says: ‘Nan – I’m doing Strictly this year!’ as he vowed to make his superfan grandmother proud

Fun Fact: Max’s fellow The Wanted bandmate Jay McGuiness was on Strictlby Come Dancing in 2015 – and won it!  


 Age: 36

Profession: Radio 1 presenter

Clara says: ‘As we know this year has been a real challenge and escapism through dancing is something I know we all enjoy’

Fun fact:  Clara has some experience of celeb gameshows, having taken part on Celebrity Masterchef in 2018


 Age: 55

Profession: Comedian and TV personality

Clara says: ‘I’m not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance’

Fun fact:  Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist


 Age: 19

Profession: EastEnders actress

Maisie says: ‘Get me in those sequins, I can’t wait to dive into the Strictly fancy dress box this winter!’

Fun fact:  Maisie won the 2019 Children In Need special of Strictly with Kevin Clifton 


 Age: 21

Profession: YouTube star 

HRVY says: ‘Being on Strictly is going to be such an amazing experience and I’m so thankful to be taking part this year.’

Fun fact:  HRVY follows in the footsteps of former internet star contestants Joe Sugg and Saffron Barker – the latter of whom is close friends with him 


Age: 42

Profession: Retired American Football player – now a pundit

 Jason says: ‘I am thrilled. I’m a huge fan of the show, I’ve been watching it since I came to this country, so it’s time for me to do something cool to impress my daughter, now that she can watch me perform!’

Fun Fact: Jason is the father of Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle’s daughter. The couple were together for 11 years, only splitting recently in 2019


 Age: 43

Profession: ITV broadcaster, Political Editor for GMB

Ranvir says:  ‘It feels like I’m on a rollercoaster… Hopefully after the first dance I will feel exhilarated rather than sick!’

Fun fact: Ranvir is the fourth GMB star to star following Susanna Reid, Richard Arnold and Charlotte Hawkins.


 Age: 37

Profession: Double Olympic gold medallist boxer

Nicola says: ‘I’m a huge fan of the show and am thrilled to be part of something that holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts’

Fun fact:  Nicola will form the show’s first ever same-sex pairing as she is parterned with a female professional. 


Age: 33

Profession: Ex Royal Marine and Invictus Games medallist

JJ says: ‘Strictly is a whole different ball game in respect to the challenges I will face but I’m up for an adventure’

Fun fact:  JJ is close friends with Prince Harry after they worked together on the Invictus Games


 Age: 31

Profession: Made In Chelsea star

Jamie says: ‘I’m over the moon I actually get to come back and dance again. It’s going to be unbelievably amazing!’

Fun fact:  Jamie was forced to pull out of the 2019 series of Strictly after a foot injury 


 Age: 57

Profession: Politician

Jacqui says: ‘I was speechless with excitement at being asked to join Strictly – and that’s very rare for me…!’

Fun fact:  Fifty years ago, she received a bronze medal for Scottish Highland Dancing 

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