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EastEnders star Maisie Smith is said to be in demand as the Strictly Come Dancing professionals are reported to be “in competition” to be partnered with her.
Maisie, 19, is said to be the favourite to win this year’s series, meaning the Strictly stars are scrambling to be her dance partner.
Strictly Come Dancing’s cast including Neil Jones, Aljaz Skorjanec and Giovanni Bernice are all said to be lobbying the show’s producers to get paired with Maisie, who plays Tiffany Butcher on the BBC One soap.
Maisie won the Children In Need special of Strictly in 2019 and professionals are said to “appreciate” that she comes with a big fan base.
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A source told The Sun Online: “All the male pros really want to partner with her, not just because she’s young and fit, but she’s also proven herself to be a brilliant dancer.
“She has a massive fan following, which often ensures contestants get far in the competition.”
Meanwhile Giovanni has dropped a hint at his hopes to be Maisie’s dance partner as he liked actress Lisa Riley’s tweet, lobbying for them to be paired.
It read: “I’m literally praying that @pernicegiovann1 gets @maisie_smith_ on @bbcstrictly
“it HAS TO HAPPEN!!! Dance-Floor-Perfection we are praying to the Dance-Angels #bbc #strictly #dancing #pray #dancefloor #perfect”.
It comes after Maisie was called “sensational” by her former dance partner for the Children In Need special, Kevin Clifton.
He said: “Maisie Smith from EastEnders.
“Obviously, I'm going to be quite loyal to Maisie because she was my partner in the Children's In Need special last year.”
He added: “It was an EastEnders special and I was partnered with Maisie and she was sensational.
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“For anyone who watched the Children In Need special last year, will know that Maisie can really dance.”
Kevin continued: “Usually it's a case of you show them a bit of choreography, take a few days to sort of put a routine together, I had no idea how she was going to take to it," he continued.
“I was literally bashing out choreography and she was doing it straight away.
“She's good at sort of commercial, hip hop dance, so I can't wait for what we can see from her in a couple's choice, if they're doing a couple's choice this series. Who knows?
“It was just a case of converting those skills into ballroom and latin.”
He added: “I don't know what she's like in the ballroom, we just did cha cha cha.
She was brilliant at it.”
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