Strictly semi-finalists, Janette Manrara and HRVY ditched a sexy rumba routine this week due to their 16-year age gap.
Professional Janette, 37, told MailOnline she was performing a sultry dance with HRVY, 21, “not feeling well” as the singer looks more like her “little brother”.
In an exclusive interview, Janette admitted to trying to teach HRVY, who was linked with co-star Maisie Smith, 19, to watch this series lovingly in her eyes at Saturday night’s “mature” performance. been a challenge.
‘We approached it as a romantic love story’: Strict semi-finalists Janette Manrara and HRVY ditched a sexy rumba routine this week due to their 16-year age gap
Janette told MailOnline: “Rumba doesn’t have to be sexy, it can be quite romantic and beautiful and that’s the route HRVY and I have taken.
HRVY and I approached it more as a romantic love story than something too sultry and sexy because it didn’t feel right to me!
“He’s young – he’s 21 and rumba is a very mature dance, especially for a famous man to have that control, that stability and that calm, for someone as bubbly and happy as HRVY, was really, really difficult.
“We’re friends he’s literally like my little brother, we’ve become so close over the past few weeks, absolutely love him – looking each other in the eye and being romantic was a chuckle!”
‘We’re friends’: Professional Janette, 37, told MailOnline performing a sultry dance with HRVY, 21, ‘didn’t feel good’ as the singer looks more like her ‘little brother’
“I kept telling her ‘it’s a beautiful love story of Romeo and Juliet out on a beautiful day somewhere” and we approached her more like that. It’s more romantic than anything else.
HRVY is a hopeless romantic, he writes a lot of his own music, he really has the voice of an angel and he connects to it that way. I am really proud of what he has accomplished.
On Saturday, the couples will perform two routines for the judges, with Janette and HRVY performing the first rumba, known for her sexy hip moves, of the series, accompanied by a Charleston.
Janette has not been able to see her husband and Strictly pro fellow Aljaž Škorjanec, 30, since the BBC show started due to the strict coronavirus rules in place.
The couples entering the contest formed their own bubbles and followed government guidelines for social distancing with anyone outside their household.
‘Really difficult’: Janette admitted trying to teach HRVY, who has been linked to co-star Maisie Smith, to look lovingly in her eyes at Saturday night’s ‘mature’ performance was a challenge.
As a result, Janette and Aljaž, who competed this year with Radio One DJ Clara Amfo, were unable to live together for months, the longest period of time the two ten years have ever gone without seeing each other.
The professional dancer, who starred in Strictly for eight years, has her sights set on the Glitterball Trophy – and hopes she won’t reunite with her beloved Aljaž until she and HRVY have won the series.
She said: “I miss him a lot. Aljaž and I have spent our entire lives together, it is the longest time we have ever been apart, without seeing each other or spending time together. In our 10 years together, this is the longest time we have ever spent apart.
“I told her ‘I love you baby but I hope to see you only right before Christmas! I hope I won’t see him, I don’t want to see him before the final.
“It’s something in our future and in our hearts”: Janette revealed that she and Aljaž had delayed starting a family together for the sake of their careers as the dancers will be short lived
“He’s the same, he maintains, since he unfortunately left the competition with Clara, he only supported HRVY and me.
“Everything I need, in whatever form, it’s there for me. He’s such an amazing husband. I can’t wait for the day we can cuddle at home before Christmas starts.
Janette has revealed that she and Aljaž have delayed starting a family together over concerns that their careers will be short-lived and that they must put all of their energy into playing while they can.
She explained: “Obviously Aljaž and I really want to start a family and we want to have children – it’s something in our future and in our hearts.
‘It doesn’t last forever’: couple, who were forced to live apart during this year’s series, see children in their future but plan to focus on dancing for as long as possible
“But the career of a dancer is probably one of the shortest careers there is because dancing at the level where I’m dancing right now or at Aljaž’s doesn’t last forever.
“You want to enjoy every part of that part of your life as much as you can because it is gone for you.
“I’m on an amazing wagon right now with Strictly and my husband. We have so much love and support from everyone in the UK and from people who love to watch our relationship.
“Right now we’re both still very career-focused and do everything we can with dance before starting a family. But this decision will come naturally for both of us.
‘Aston, we left too early’: Despite being paired with talented dancers such as JLS star Aston Merrygold, Janette has yet to make a Strictly final, which she called ” bad luck ”
Although she’s paired up with talented dancers such as EastEnders actor Jake Wood, 28, and JLS star Aston Merrygold, 32, Janette has yet to make a Strictly finale, which she called it “bad luck”.
She said: “Over the years, I have had phenomenal partners, each one of whom I still speak and with whom I stay in touch. But I was not very lucky.
“Aston Merrygold – we started too early, I got to the semi-finals with Jake Wood and was so close to getting to the final, Peter Andre was amazing dancing with, once again, Will Bayley the year last had a problem with her knee. so we had to withdraw. I feel like luck hasn’t been on my side.
This year, she’s hoping to go all the way with HRVY, who has been top of the charts on multiple occasions in this series, including last week when performing the American Smooth.
“If I made it to the final, I will definitely cry good tears”: This year Janette hopes to go all the way with HRVY, who has been leading the standings several times this series
But with HRVY hitting the highscores, the pressure is on – and Janette fears his growing nerves are getting the better of him.
Janette said, “I love, love, love Strictly Come Dancing – I say that three times. If I got to the final, I will definitely cry tears of happiness.
“It will be quite a while for me in my Strictly career. If we had the chance to win the Glitterball, wow that would be just the icing on the cake.
“It would be a wonderful winner for Strictly if HRVY won the show. In times like today, children, especially online, spend their lives on social media and Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and HRVY is an example for this whole generation of what they should aspire to. He really has a good head on his shoulders.
‘We did breathing exercises behind the scenes’: but with HRVY scoring the highest scores, the pressure is on – and Janette fears her growing nerves will get the better of him
“At the start of the series he was always pretty nervous, but now in the last couple of weeks with the finale around the corner he’s getting more and more nervous, bless him because he wants to stay so bad .
“His hands are sweaty and we did backstage breathing exercises to keep him calm and ready to dance.
“Even though he’s played before, it’s a fun Strictly Come Dancing thing, he’s never danced before and he’s never done a foxtrot or Charleston. He is quite vulnerable. He doesn’t want to let anyone down.
Strictly Come Dancing – Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on BBC One