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Strictly hopeful HRVY reveals his plans for the glitterball trophy

HRVY and Janette Manrara with the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)
HRVY and Janette Manrara with the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

Strictly Come Dancing hopeful HRVY has said if he wins the competition he will give the glitterball trophy to his grandmother.

The 21-year-old singer and social media star, who is partnered with Janette Manrara, would be the youngest ever winner if he manages to take home the coveted title.

He wowed the judges in the first week, earning a 9 for his jive, followed by him and Manrara making Strictly history by becoming the show’s first pair to earn a perfect score in week six.

Speaking during a webinar ahead of the final, HRVY, whose full name is Harvey Cantwell, said: “On the night of the final it’s my nan and grandad’s 60th diamond jubilee wedding anniversary.

“They have watched every single Strictly, every single show, never missed a show since the beginning. I said to my nan, genuinely, if I win and I get a glitterball you can put it in your house, on your fireplace.”

He added: “What I’d do is I’d take a picture of it with me next to it and I’d have that in my house, but I honestly will give the glitterball to my nan because she loves Strictly so much it would actually make her life…”

Strictly Come Dancing finalists Oti Mabuse and Bill Bailey
Strictly Come Dancing finalists Oti Mabuse and Bill Bailey (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

The other couples hoping for Strictly glory are Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse, Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer, and Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez.

Each of the couples will perform three dances during the show, two of which they have already done earlier in the competition.

HRVY and Manrara will be performing their talked about week one jive to Faith by Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande, and a showdance to Brittany Murphy’s Boogie Wonderland.

They will also reperform their American smooth to One (Singular Sensation) from the musical A Chorus Line.

Gorka Marquez and Maisie Smith
Gorka Marquez and Maisie Smith are one of four couples in this year’s Strictly final (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

HRVY said of his hopes of winning: “It would be such an amazing way to end a really bad year. I mean, I did the show because I really wanted to dance and I love the challenge, but now, because we are in the final, we are that close, it’s almost like maybe we could win. So just to lift it and say we did it together…”

Gymnast Louis Smith is currently the youngest champion, having lifted the glitterball trophy in 2012 when he was 23.

This year’s finale will also see the return of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones to the dancefloor.

The couple made history as the show’s first same-sex couple but had to withdraw early after Jones received a positive Covid-19 test result.

Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer
Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer are hoping to take home the trophy (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

Boxer Adams told BBC Breakfast: “I’m super-excited about this. The finals dance is going to be unbelievable, there’s lifts, there’s passion, it’s a little bit spicy as well – you guys are really in for a show, it’s going to be unbelievable… Hopefully it’s going to lift everybody’s spirits because everybody’s been struggling this year with Covid so this is almost like a kick back at Covid.”

This year’s series also saw Anton Du Beke make his debut as a judge.

The finale will include a group dance from the professionals as well as a performance from singer Robbie Williams.

– The Strictly Come Dancing finale airs on BBC One on Saturday December 19 at 6pm.

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