Strictly star HRVY can't wait to take Maisie Smith for dinner when show ends – followed by 'love and fun'

STRICTLY star HRVY says he wants to take competitor Maisie Smith for a slap-up meal when the series ends — followed by some “love and fun”.

The singer, 21, says after being single for the past year he will be “looking for love” and boasted: “I’ll be in my prime and ready.”

He said: “I’m sure at one point, when we can, Maisie and I will go out for dinner. I’m pretty sure she’s single too.

"I haven’t actually asked, but if we ever go for a meal, I’ll make sure I check first.”

But their hot moves are staying on the dance floor for now, as the pair race for the final, with HRVY stating: “It’s dancing first — then love and fun afterwards.”

He went on: “Maisie’s an amazing girl, very beautiful, but for now I’m just going to concentrate on the dancing because I fancy getting to the final.”

Luckily for HRVY — who has been in the top tier of the scoreboard every week — Maisie, 19, has already described him as beautiful too, and dissolves into giggles every time his name is mentioned.

But the pair cannot get too close as Strictly bosses have banned kissing — and HRVY says he will stick to it.

He said: “I won’t kiss anyone — and  I definitely have not kissed Maisie.”

The entertainer, from Kent, says he has been feeling a bit lonely this year and is looking for a relationship.

But HRVY, real name Harvey Cantwell, says he is not pinning all his romantic hopes on Maisie, who plays Tiffany Butcher in EastEnders, because he has not always been lucky in love.

He said: “I’ve been rejected a lot of times, so I can take anything now.

“But I’m actually amazing on a date, because I’m  a good listener. I don’t like talking about myself.

“I’m a relationship person too. I love having someone I can care for and experience different things with.

"I’ve travelled the world and sometimes it would have been nice to have shared that.”

But unlike past contestants, he says he will not be hit by the Strictly curse, saying dance partner Janette Manrara, 37, is more of a mother figure.

He said: “Janette is actually like my mum, so it couldn’t be any further away from that.

"She brings me bagels, she gives me vitamins in the morning, she makes sure I’m fed and watered. She’s so like my mother.

“She’s helped me out a lot. She’s basically sorted my life, I can’t really look after myself.

“So there’s definitely no fear of the curse — plus her husband Aljaz is one good looking fella, so I don’t think he’d be threatened by me at all.”

Which is good news because HRVY has had to spend weeks in a bubble with Janette, who he will be seen dancing a tango with on tonight’s show.

But only last week he was pictured breaking the bubble and apparently getting close to Maisie.

HRVY explains: “We were going to the Strictly: It Takes Two  studio. Myself,  Janette, Maisie and her dance partner, Gorka Marquez.

“We do try to remember to stay as far apart as we can, but sometimes it’s difficult when you’re walking and talking and you forget for a split second not to be exactly two metres apart. I’m sorry if we weren’t.

“We got told off by the BBC and told: ‘make sure that never happens again’. And no one wants to jeopardize their position on the show.”

HRVY knows more than any celebrity in the contest just how disruptive the current Covid crisis is, as he tested positive for the virus just before Strictly started.

Fortunately he did not suffer from any symptoms. But it was touch-and-go whether he could take part.

He said: “Not having symptoms is quite scary in itself because you don’t know you’ve got it, so you can pass it on to someone who may suffer from it really badly.

“When I was told I was positive  I just thought: ‘OK, I need to isolate, and not see anyone’.  

"So I basically stayed in my room for two weeks.

“The scariest part was being  in the same household as my family, as I didn’t want to pass it on to my mum or dad. I wasn’t really worried about myself.

“But at that point I didn’t think I was going to do the show. I kinda thought: ‘It is what is. I won’t be doing it this year, maybe next year, but one day, I will do Strictly.’

“I’d almost written it off in my head, and doing Strictly was something I was looking forward to all year.

"I would have been part of a show that brings so much to a nation that’s pretty sad at the minute because of everything that’s happened. I was gutted.

“So when I got the call to say I’d done everything I had to do and I could actually make the show, it was the best feeling ever.”

HRVY also knows how painful it was for former boxer Nicola Adams, 38, to have to quit Strictly last week when her Russian dance partner, Katya Jones, 31, tested positive.

He said: “Everyone was gutted because everyone had been trying so hard to social distance.

“And to see someone get the virus within the group was really scary because they were like: ‘Oh no, could we get it now?’

“But everyone is negative and everyone is good.”

Just as upsetting was saying goodbye to his competitor Max George, 32, who left the show after finding himself in the bottom two of the public vote.

He said: “There’s a couple of people I’ve got close to on the show and Max is one of them, along with Jamie Laing. But we’re all going to miss Max.

"It shows you can dance as well as you can, but it’s all down to the public vote. You just hope that the public likes you and backs you.

“And everyone is so good this year, but every week everyone’s really nervous because anyone could leave and, obviously, no one wants to go.

“Now I can’t call who will be in the bottom two ­­— but I certainly did not expect Max and Maisie to be there last week.

“Maisie was  a real shock. I thought her cha-cha was incredible — which shows you cannot predict anything with this show, you really honestly can’t.

“But I’m sure she’s going to come back this week and I’m sure she’ll be incredible.”

  • STRICTLY Come Dancing is on BBC1 on Saturday at 7.15pm.

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