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Molly Rainford vows not to fall for Strictly curse as parents don’t want her ‘distracted’ by boys

The Strictly Come Dancing curse has seen many couples break up and get together over the years. 

But Molly Rainford has said that she will be steering clear of all that drama when she stars on the show this autumn.

The 21-year-old singer was unveiled as part of the 2022 lineup this week, alongside names such as Tony Adams, Ellie Simmonds and Matt Goss.

Adamant: Molly Rainford has said that she will be steering clear of the Strictly cures when she stars on the show this autumn

Speaking to The Sun, she has opened up on the so-called Strictly curse and firmly ruled herself out of falling for it.

She insisted she was too young for a relationship, preferring to be laser focussed on her career. 

Molly – who also stars in the CBBC series Nova Jones – also revealed her parents have warned her not to become ‘distracted’ by boys.

She said: ‘I’m only 21, so I’m not looking for a relationship on Strictly. That’s not in the picture right now. I want to focus on my career.

‘My parents don’t want me to be distracted or worrying about boys just yet. I’m single and don’t plan on changing it.’

Reveal: The 21-year-old singer was unveiled as part of the 2022 lineup this week, alongside names such as Tony Adams, Ellie Simmonds and Matt Goss (pictured in February 2022)

Reveal: The 21-year-old singer was unveiled as part of the 2022 lineup this week, alongside names such as Tony Adams, Ellie Simmonds and Matt Goss (pictured in February 2022)

Molly added that when it comes to the judges she doesn’t have much of a game plan, saying: ‘I‘m hoping to charm the judges with my hard work. My plan is to just be myself.’ 

Earlier this week, she revealed she’s already sought advice from 2020 contestant HRVY, adding that despite her performing background she’s like ‘Ellie the Elephant’ when she takes to the floor.

Speaking ahead of her dancefloor debut, Molly said: ‘I’ve always loved performing and being on stage, but I’ve never been the most confident dancer. 

‘I’m super excited for the challenge to push myself outside of my comfort zone and hopefully add another string to my bow. 

TV star: Molly - who also stars in the CBBC series Nova Jones - also revealed her parents have warned her not to become 'distracted' by boys

TV star: Molly – who also stars in the CBBC series Nova Jones – also revealed her parents have warned her not to become ‘distracted’ by boys

‘It will introduce me to a whole new way of expressing myself! I’m also pretty competitive and I’m excited meet the Pros and the other contestants. 

‘And on top of all that, I absolutely love the glitz and glamour the show brings to the floor every week.’

The singer grew up in Essex and went onto study at the coveted Sylvia Young Theatre School after auditioning for BGT in 2012.

She added: ‘I did Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 when I was 11 years old. That definitely changed my life because after getting to the finals, I was sponsored by Sony Music and Simon Cowell to go to the Sylvia Young theatre school. From those auditions throughout school, I got into the CBBC world.’

The show’s official Twitter account revealed the news, writing: ‘Say hello to Molly Rainford, she’s an intergalactic pop superstar from @CBBC and she’s here to star on #Strictly!’

Rising star: Molly star rose to prominence when she competed on Britain's Got Talent in 2012 at the age of 11

Rising star: Molly star rose to prominence when she competed on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 at the age of 11

This autumn, Molly will be seen across CBBC screens as Nova Jones returns for series two, with a third series already filmed for release in the coming months.

Molly has been shortlisted for Best Newcomer at the 2022 Variety Club Showbusiness Awards and has released two EPs, including single Commitment, which has garnered over two million streams to date.

Asked what she fears the most about being on the show, Molly added: ‘Forgetting the steps because the judges notice everything. 

‘If I was singing, I’d know how handle it, but I’m worried It would throw me off when too much when I’m dancing.’

The star added that she’s already spoken to former contestant HRVY about his time on the show, saying: ‘One of my really good pals HRVY was on in 2020 and he said it was one of the best experiences he’s ever had.’ 

Best friends: The star added that she's already spoken to former contestant HRVY about his time on the show, after he reached the final in 2020

Best friends: The star added that she’s already spoken to former contestant HRVY about his time on the show, after he reached the final in 2020

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