PUBLISHED: 12:09, Sun, Oct 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:18, Sun, Oct 25, 2020
BBC series Strictly Come Dancing made its long-awaited comeback to screens on October 24. The new series was just as glamorous as previous years even if it was pared back with fewer couples competing, social distancing rules and face masks for audience members. One contestant who has got viewers talking is singer and YouTube sensation HRVY who wowed the judges with his debut performance.
HRVY – real name Harvey Leigh Cantwell – was partnered up with professional dancer Janette Manrara on this year’s series of Strictly.
The 21-year-old musician nearly missed out on the pre-recorded launch show after testing positive of coronavirus but the star self-isolated and got the all-clear to appear on the episode where the couples were unveiled.
Last night, HRVY finally got to show off his skills to a Jive as he and Janette closed the opening episode of the programme.
His performance to Faith by Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande left Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas stunned with HRVY receiving glowing appraisals from the panel.
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Strictly: HRVY wowed the judges on the first show (Image: BBC)
Strictly: HRVY topped the leaderboard in Week One (Image: BBC)
HRVY topped the leaderboard with 25 points out of a possible 30 and Craig hailed his footwork despite making a quip about his stage name and asking the star: “Where are all the vowels?”
While Motsi told the youngster: "I'm going to be honest here. For me, this was the best first dance I have ever seen. Never, ever, ever, ever!"
Motsi told him she kept an eye out to see what other nations and their versions of Strictly were doing but said HRVY’s performance was something else.