Strictly Come Dancing 2020: HRVY tests positive for coronavirus ahead of launch

Strictly Come Dancing contestant HRVY has tested positive for coronavirus just a week before he was meant to be partnered up with his pro.

The YouTuber and singer, real name Harvey Cantwell, is one of the 12 contestants on this year’s line-up, but now has to isolate to be ready in time for the launch show. 

According to The Sun, despite having no symptoms, Harvey came back with a positive test, and so was immediately put into quarantine. 

If he tests positive again by the launch show, he may have to drop out of the competition completely in accordance with the new rules put in place by the production team. 

He needs to be clear by October 8 in order to be paired up four days later with his pro partner. 

‘They’ve been jumping through hoops since day one to make sure everything is done safely and with as minimal risk to the cast and crew as possible,’ a source said. 

‘But with just ten days until the celebrities are introduced to their partners, this is the worst-case scenario.’ 

Harvey confirmed the news and said on Twitter: ‘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.’

‘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,’ Strictly’s reps said.

‘We have rigorous protocols in place to manage Covid-19 as the safety of all those involved in the production is paramount.’

Executive producer Sarah Jones laid out the new rules last month, explaining that due to lockdown rules, a positive coronavirus test during production means automatic elimination.

Speaking to, she explained: ‘Unfortunately, if you receive a positive test, that means that you wouldn’t be able to continue in the competition. 

‘Obviously, according to government guidelines, if you receive a positive test, they would have to isolate for two weeks, and that would unfortunately rule them out of the show.’ 

Shirley Ballas confirmed on Thursday that Strictly is set to return on October 17 with the pre-recorded launch show. 

The live shows will then start from October 24. has contacted Strictly Come Dancing for comment.

Strictly Come Dancing returns October 17 on BBC One.

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