Strictly stars including Maisie Smith and HRVY are ‘set to make millions’ after show success

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After comedian Bill Bailey, pop star HRVY, EastEnders’ Maisie Smith, Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh and Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing all made the Strictly semi-finals, new magazine asked top celebrity talent manager Jonathan Shalit for his predictions on their next moves and potential earning power.

HRVY ‘could be a millionaire’

He's won over a legion of new fans, but Jonathan believes singer HRVY could return to his roots as a TV presenter.

He thinks the star could host documentaries aimed at younger viewers, like 2018 Strictly champ Stacey Dooley.

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“HRVY could get documentaries on BBC Three or ITV2 because he’s a young person who is very relevant,” Jonathan explains. “And he’s already got a massive record deal, so he will certainly do sellout shows up and down the country in the comeback from Covid.

“HRVY will 100% become one of the biggest earners from the show. He could end up becoming a millionaire.”

Talent agent Jonathan also believes 21-year-old HRVY will have increased his popularity in the UK, having already amassed a huge international following.

“In many ways, he’s bigger outside the UK than in the UK,” Jonathan says, “so Strictly will have given HRVY a much bigger platform at home.”

Maisie ‘could be another Michelle Keegan’

She found fame as a child star in EastEnders and now Maisie Smith could follow in the footsteps of former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan and conquer the world of critically acclaimed TV drama.

“Maisie’s a professional, she’s fantastic, she’s very talented, she’s gorgeous. She’ll go on to be the next Michelle Keegan,” Jonathan tells new.

“At the end of the day, she’s an incredibly talented actress and when you’ve got talent behind you, everything is possible.”

Maisie, 19, has been the victim of trolling during her stint on the BBC dance show, but Jonathan believes she is resilient. “Success brings trolls,” he declares. “Maisie can bounce back from trolling. Getting as far as she has is a hell of an achievement and shows she’s very popular.”

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Bill ‘will sell out the Palladium’

Already a celebrated comedian, Bill Bailey has become the unlikely star of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing and is set to earn “millions” from “sellout shows”, Jonathan believes.

While the comic and musician may not be your typical ballroom dancer, Bill, 55, has proved to be a sensational stage performer.

“Bill is the favourite to win. He’s known by everyone and is already a comedy legend,” says Jonathan. “Until now, he’s been performing in theatres, but I can see him going as far as Micky Flanagan and Michael McIntyre.”

Jonathan also believes Bill is likely to front his own comedy shows. “He’s everyone’s favourite father and favourite grandfather,” he says. “He will now earn millions selling out arenas and hosting television comedy shows. I could see him having his own show at the Palladium.”

Ranvir ‘set to host hit shows’

She’s best known as the political editor on Good Morning Britain, but Jonathan predicts ITV will be keen to capitalise on Ranvir Singh’s popularity by getting her to host prime-time shows.

“ITV will get behind Ranvir in a massive way because, clearly, the public loves her,” he says.

“I think she’ll go on to host more prime-time shows. She’s shown herself to be a very lovable character and people are going to want to watch her. She could front factual entertainment or investigative shows, because she’s got that sort of populist appeal.”

But ITV could find itself with a fight on its hands from rival channels who will be desperate to poach 43-year-old Ranvir after Strictly. “She’d be a golden win for the BBC – the BBC audience love her – so I would assume they will make a big play for her,” Jonathan adds.

Jamie ‘may be the next Lord Sugar’

The reality star and co-founder of confectionery brand Candy Kittens could be “the next Lord Sugar” according to Jonathan. He says, “anything is possible” for the “likeable guy”.

Jamie, 32, who hosts a podcast with former Made In Chelsea co-stars Spencer Matthews and Francis Boulle, stepped back from the E4 reality show to focus on Strictly.

Now, Jonathan predicts Jamie will quit MIC as bigger things appear. “For the pittance Made In Chelsea pay their cast, I’m sure Jamie will be leaving,” he says. “There’s now a large prime-time audience who want to see more of him. So I think they will lose him as soon as he can leave.

“He’s not an idiot. He’s a very likeable guy. He’s done incredibly well with his business. I can see him being the next Alan Sugar.”

Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE is the founder of Intertalent Rights Group.

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