Taking to Twitter, the 21-year-old singer and YouTube star said:
"hi, wasn’t gonna worry anyone and say anything but now the story’s out, i have coronavirus, I’m all good, no symptoms, just isolating for the next 10 days. already super bored so prepare yourselves for my Tik toks"
hi, wasn’t gonna worry anyone and say anything but now the story’s out, i have coronavirus, I’m all good, no symptoms, just isolating for the next 10 days. already super bored so prepare yourselves for my Tik toks— hrvy (@HRVY) October 1, 2020
HRVY is now in an isolation period for 10 days, which is due to end before Strictly Come Dancing's launch show on 17 October.
Head Judge Shirley Ballas announced on The One Show that the launch episode would air on 17 October, with the first live show following a week later on 24 October.
Previously, Strictly's executive producer Sarah James told press that those involved with the show would be subject to rigorous coronavirus testing, and that any celebrity contestant who tested positive would have to leave the show immediately, once the competition was underway.
Following the news of HRVY's positive test result ahead of the competition starting, a spokesperson said:
“We can confirm that a member of the Strictly team has tested positive for coronavirus and they are now self-isolating at home following the latest government guidelines. We have rigorous protocols in place to manage Covid-19 as the safety of all those involved in the production is paramount.”
HRVY, whose real name is Harvey Leigh Cantwell, was announced as a Strictly star in September.
At the time he said: “Being on Strictly is going to be such an amazing experience and I’m so thankful to be taking part this year. I think my mum is more excited that she’ll be able to see me every Saturday night now.”
Born in Kent, HRVY first rose to fame after uploading his music videos to Facebook. He signed to Virgin EMI in 2017 and his debut album is out this year. He has previously presented on CBBC's Friday Download.
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