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    She and her pro partner Gorka Marquez narrowly avoided being booted off Strictly Come Dancing over the weekend after a shock dance-off against Max George. 

    And Maisie Smith arrived for another day of rehearsals on Tuesday morning after saying her apparent confidence is a ‘disguise’.  

    The EastEnders star, 19, sported grey jogging bottoms and a matching sweatshirt as she arrived to Strictly training.  

    New week: Maisie Smith, 19, arrived for another day of rehearsals on Tuesday after saying her confidence is a ‘disguise’

    Maisie kept warm in a blue, white and black padded jacket and protected herself in a red face covering. 

    The actress carried a pink sports bag and a beige tote bag as she prepared for another week of intensive training.   

    In an Instagram Q&A on Monday, the soap star was asked how people can ‘get confidence like her’. 

    The actress responded: ‘It’s a disguise. Deep down I’m scared to book an appointment for the hairdressers. I have to practise what I’m going to say.’   

    Cha Cha Cha: Maisie and her pro partner Gorka Marquez narrowly avoided being booted off Strictly Come Dancing over the weekend after a shock dance-off against Max George

    Cha Cha Cha: Maisie and her pro partner Gorka Marquez narrowly avoided being booted off Strictly Come Dancing over the weekend after a shock dance-off against Max George

    Keeping warm: The EastEnders star kept warm in a blue, white and black padded jacket and protected herself in a red face covering

    Keeping warm: The EastEnders star kept warm in a blue, white and black padded jacket and protected herself in a red face covering

    It comes after former Strictly pro Kevin Clifton claimed Maisie is a victim of sexism after landing in the dance-off on Sunday. 

    Kevin, who danced with Maisie in the 2019 Children In Need special, shared his shock and shared his theory why it had happened. 

    Taking to Twitter on Monday, he wrote: ‘People love a confident/ talented/ successful man but a confident girl gets labelled cocky.’

    Matching: The actress sported grey jogging bottoms and a matching sweatshirt as she arrived to Strictly rehearsals

    Matching: The actress sported grey jogging bottoms and a matching sweatshirt as she arrived to Strictly rehearsals

    Disguise: In an Instagram Q&A on Monday, the soap star was asked how people can 'get confidence like her' and she responded that it is a 'disguise'

    Disguise: In an Instagram Q&A on Monday, the soap star was asked how people can ‘get confidence like her’ and she responded that it is a ‘disguise’ 

    'A lot of people don’t like confident females apparently': Kevin Clifton has claimed that Maisie Smith is a victim of sexism after she landed in the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off on Sunday

    ‘A lot of people don’t like confident females apparently’: Kevin Clifton has claimed that Maisie Smith is a victim of sexism after she landed in the Strictly Come Dancing dance-off on Sunday

    Maisie told fans that she usually trains eight hours a day for the weekly dance show, but admits she and her dance partner Gorka Marquez sometimes have to train for up to 10. 

    She admitted that she is ‘slow at learning everything’ because her ‘brain just doesn’t work after about 4pm’.  

    The actress also said last weekend’s Cha Cha was her favourite routine. 

    She added: ‘I guess that got me in the bottom two. But I loved it. I had the best time of my life and I loved being Barbie for a day. That was wicked.’    

    Thoughts: Replying to tweets about Maisie's result on Monday, Kevin penned 'People love a confident/ talented/ successful man but a confident girl gets labelled cocky'

    Thoughts: Replying to tweets about Maisie’s result on Monday, Kevin penned ‘People love a confident/ talented/ successful man but a confident girl gets labelled cocky’

    Partner: Maisie's Strictly pro partner Gorka arrived at rehearsals on Tuesday following the shock dance-off last weekend

    Partner: Maisie’s Strictly pro partner Gorka arrived at rehearsals on Tuesday following the shock dance-off last weekend

    Bottom two: EastEnders star Maisie was up singer Max George, 32, in the dance-off, with the singer being sent home

    Bottom two: EastEnders star Maisie was up singer Max George, 32, in the dance-off, with the singer being sent home

    Kevin also responded to tweets from other Strictly fans who agreed that confident male contestants can be treated differently compared to the female celebs.

    After sharing his amazement at Maisie and her pro partner Gorka Marquez’s position, the star – who left the BBC show before this series – received several responses.

    One person said: ‘@keviclifton I don’t understand why every year the public are b****y. And say they don’t like someone as a person. 

    ‘It isn’t a personality contest. It is a dancing contest. I for one love #Strictly. Nerves etc can make people come across as awkward.’

    Week 5: Former Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing arrived at rehearsals on Tuesday following last week's Samba to Bamboléo by Gipsy Kings

    Week 5: Former Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing arrived at rehearsals on Tuesday following last week’s Samba to Bamboléo by Gipsy Kings

    Rehearsing again: Jamie's Strictly partner Karen Hauer arrived at rehearsals following last week's Samba which scored 25

    Rehearsing again: Jamie’s Strictly partner Karen Hauer arrived at rehearsals following last week’s Samba which scored 25

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