Strictly: Janette Manrara praises HRVY on his scores of ten
Strictly Come Dancing will be watched by countless Britons tonight eager to see who will be crowned winner. Only four couples now remain on the show: Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse, Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez, Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer, and HRVY and Janette Manrara. Celebrity HRVY, 21, best known for being a singer and social media star, has been one of the front-runners from the beginning of the 2020 show.
In week six, his street/commercial dance, choreographed by HRVY’s professional dance partner Janette Manrara, earned the couple 30 out of a possible 30 points from Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood, and Shirley Ballas – the first time a couple had been given a perfect score in week six.
He also showcased some of the best chemistry with his partner in this year’s show.
Body language Judi James previously told Express.co.uk: “The couple with the best chemistry is the couple that maybe looked the oddest when they were paired up.”
She went on: “HRVY has gone from being a rather cocky-looking young guy to a superb, romantic dancer and it was clear from the glimpses of their rehearsals that Janette is the perfect partner in terms of bringing all that talent out.”
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The pair are also good at putting it on for the cameras, which has fuelled their success.
“The guy can act though, meaning they deliver sufficient signals of romance during their routines,” said Judi.
After the pair danced their waltz last month, Judi commented: “It’s pure romance to the point where the pair paused head-to-head at the end for a dramatic, pre-kiss second before laughing and rubbing noses instead.”
However, out of the spotlight, HRVY and Janette have more of a parent/child relationship.
“HRVY’s only PDAs are with his partner Janette out there on the dancefloor although and this is otherwise still a very mother/son style of relationship,” said Judi.
After the waltz, the expert commented: “After their routine Janette converts to ‘proud mum’ mode, clutching his arm and rubbing and stroking him in reward gestures.”
HRVY has been a hit with the judges which has helped with his success.
Judge Shirley Ballas once gushed about him being a “humble, wonderful human being.”
The singer has also provided some off-screen drama to titillate viewers, with speculation rife he and fellow Strictly celeb Maisie Smith are romantically involved.
Commenting after week six, Judi said: “While his alleged love interest Maisie going through all kinds of hell after two dance-offs, we were finally shown a peek of some body language between the two youngest competitors, but only as HRVY rose to his feet in a gesture of support at the end of Maisie’s routine, throwing a stabbing finger of victory in the air to suggest he had her back in the face of a troubling two weeks.
“These two seem to have been selected as the potential ‘mating pandas’ of the series, i.e. a good deflection from any potential ‘Curse’ relationships that might occur, thanks to their youth and single status.”
However, Maisie previously put paid to any potential romance between the two herself.
She told OK! Magazine: “It’s a weird one. We get along so well – there was an instant connection between us – and I knew straight away that we would be friends. Yes, there’s been ‘flanter’ [flirty banter], but I think it’s platonic.”
As for who could win tonight, Judge Anton du Beke said yesterday: “The audience is now voting for the winner, the judges’ marks don’t make a difference. It’s all about the audience at home.
“So, you know, sometimes the best dancer marks wise doesn’t always win. You might end up with Jamie or Bill winning.
“Maisie and HRVY have been very strong during the series but then, it may be Maisie and HRVY because the audience at home might go, ‘You know what I’m going to mark them to win because they’re so good.’”
He added: “What will really swing it is the show number. The show dance is one we haven’t seen yet and it’s going to be bells and whistles, they’re going to give it all. So what comes out of that could swing it, as it has done in the past.”
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