The 21-year-old singer and the EastEnders actress have been at the centre of speculation of a potential fling with reports claiming bosses are keeping a watchful eye to ensure they don’t break the kissing ban.
Earlier this week, HRVY was grilled by Lorraine Kelly on whether there’s anything going on between the two contestants – which he firmly denied.
The artist described Maisie as ‘very talented and very beautiful’, but insisted the pair were ‘going to stick to dancing’ for the time being.
Despite his denial of a romance, Metro.co.uk body language expert Judi James believes HRVY is thoroughly enjoying the attention.
‘With his “Strictly mum” Janette sitting on one side and Lorraine going down the “Look young man” route on the other it’s no surprise that HRVY opts for the bashful denial when asked about any relationship with Maisie here,’ she told us.
‘It’s the kind of cringe scenario that all teenagers suffer as a family ritual at Christmas, but for HRVY his expression of mock surprise at the very idea looks a bit incongruent as he and Maisie have seemed to have been happily trailing some kind of flirting since before the series hit our screens.’
Judi continued: ‘With the older celebs jumping away from their dance partners like fleas to avoid any rumblings of the curse of Strictly, both HRVY and Maisie must know that a bit of rumour-stirring between two young and single stars will only enhance their profiles and publicity after the show is ended.
‘HRVY’s brows are raised at the start of this clip and his wide, symmetric smile suggests he’s adoring all the attention here.
‘When Maisie’s name is mentioned one brow stays high in only partial surprise before he looks down in an eye cut-off ritual that suggests bashfulness or embarrassment and he shakes his head in a gesture of denial.
‘When his head comes up his eyes are still partly closed but this ritual of mock-hiding and his claims that “she’s a lovely girl but…” tend to be negated a bit by the wink he throws at Lorraine at the end.’
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday at 7.10pm on BBC One.
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