Claudia Winkleman gives update on HRVY's Strictly future after Covid diagnosis

Claudia Winkleman has given Strictly Come Dancing fans an update on HRVY who recently tested positive for coronavirus.

The TV presenter appeared on Monday’s The One Show where she spoke with Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas about her new book and the BBC dancing competition.

YouTuber HRVY confirmed last week that he was self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, weeks before Strictly is set to kick off.

Speaking about how singer’s future on the BBC series, Claudia explained: ‘He’s isolating and at the end of that, I imagine he’ll have another test, and then he can hopefully join us, and if he can’t, he can’t.’

Jermaine went on to ask: ‘What happens later on down the line if someone gets to quarter-finals or semi-finals, would they have to leave the competition?’

I think they would. I like the fact that you think I have any say in this or that I know anything,’ Claudia replied.

‘My brilliant boss will know the answer to all those questions but, no, if somebody tests positive, then they won’t be able to be with anybody.’

A rep for Strictly confirmed last Thursday night that a member of the team had tested positive, although they didn’t reveal who it was.

‘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,’ the rep said.

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

HRVY then confirmed that he was the one to test positive, tweeting: ‘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 [sic].’

HRVY will remain in isolation until Octover 8, and he is set to be partnered up with a professional dancer four days later, with the launch episode set to air on October 17.

If he does not test negative by the first episode, the singer may be forced to drop out of the show, as new rules have stated that stars who test positive for Covid-19 will be immediately eliminated from the competition.

The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.

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