‘The pressure gets to me’: Strictly’s Maisie Smith arrives at rehearsals as she claims viewers have misconstrued her nervousness for ‘overconfidence’
She landed in the Strictly bottom two last week despite receiving her highest score of the series.
And Maisie Smith looked focused as she headed to rehearsals in London on Wednesday, and howed off her toned curves in a pair of high-waisted pastel pink leggings paired with an ab-flashing black crop-top.
During a break from practising her new routine with Gorka Marquez, the EastEnders actress, 19, and dancer, 30, made an appearance on This Morning where Maisie claimed her nervousness has been misconstrued as overconfidence.
Sporty: Strictly’s Maisie Smith displays her toned curves at rehearsals in London on Wednesday… before claiming viewers have misconstrued her nervousness for overconfidence
Admitting she struggles with her nerves, Maisie said: ‘The pressure gets to me… even this interview I was so nervous. When I’m nervous I have this serious expression so people think I’m over confident.’
Gorka backed her up, as he told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: ‘You know what, she’s the opposite of confident.
‘I think because she’s an actress she gets into character and looks confident but I can tell you she is always like ‘Gorka I haven’t got it, I don’t have the dance, I don’t know what to do.’
Honest: Maisie and Gorka made an appearance on Wednesday’s This Morning, and claimed: ‘When I’m nervous I have this serious expression so people think I’m over confident’
Struggle: Admitting she struggles with her nerves, Maisie said: ‘The pressure gets to me… even this interview I was so nervous’
Despite being in the dance off twice, Maisie said she’s received a lot of support from former stars who have told her not to be ‘upset by this’.
She added: ‘Everyone has ups and downs, I’m not letting it get to me, we’re still here and we’re going to power through,’ she said.
Maisie went on: ‘I’ll be honest I was more upset that I kind of felt guilty because I felt I was the one that ended Max and Dianne’s journey on the show, same with Caroline, that’s what hit me more.
‘In regards to the bottom two it can happen to anyone, that’s the point of this show you have no idea who it’s going to be. Week one it was hard, no one expects it no one wants to be there.’
Supportive: Gorka backed her up, as he told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: ‘You know what, she’s the opposite of confident. I think because she’s an actress she gets into character’
Getting through it: Despite being in the dance off twice, Maisie said she’s received a lot of support from former stars who have told her not to be ‘upset by this’
While heading to rehearsals, the star revealed her pert posterior in the clinging leggings and paired this with white trainers and tube socks.
Maisie bundled up in a cream quilted jacket and accessorised with a hot pink backpack.
The star wore her tresses sleek and straight and accessorised with a scarlet printed face mask.
Toned: The EastEnders actress showed off her toned curves in a pair of high-waisted pastel pink leggings paired with an ab-flashing black crop-top while heading to rehearsals earlier on
The TV star’s appearance came after judge Craig Revel Horwood threw his support behind Maisie, after she landed in the bottom two again.
Maisie narrowly avoided elimination as the panel decided to save her over fellow actress Caroline Quentin and ballroom pro Johannes Radebe.
Dance expert Craig, 55, shared his belief that she may be struggling to soar because she ‘needs to the win the hearts of the nation’, as he compared her to 2007 champion Alesha Dixon.
Thumbs up: The star wore her tresses sleek and straight and accessorised with a scarlet printed face mask
Wrapped up: Maisie bundled up in a cream quilted jacket and accessorised with a hot pink backpack
Looking good: Maisie looked focused as she headed to rehearsals on the day
Wave: Maisie looked sensational as she prepared for this week’s dance with Gorka Marquez
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During an appearance on ITV’s This Morning on Monday, she said: ‘Maisie is fantastic, she just needs to win the hearts and minds of the nation.
‘I remember Alesha Dixon was in the bottom a few times and then she ended up winning and becoming a judge. I’m hoping it’s a slow burner and that’s the case. She’s a lovely girl and I really want to see her go through.’
Britain’s Got Talent star Alesha, 42, won the popular BBC competition with dance partner Matthew Cutler in 2007, before replacing Arlene Phillips as a judge on the show for a single series in 2009.
Saved: The auburn-haired beauty narrowly avoided elimination as the panel decided to save her over fellow actress Caroline Quentin and ballroom pro Johannes Radebe
Just over a week ago, Maisie and Spanish hunk Gorka, 30, faced Max George and Dianne Buswell in the dance-off.
Last week’s close call reportedly left the auburn-haired beauty feeling shaken and she apparently had to be comforted by her fellow Strictly co-stars after taking the vote ‘to heart’.
A source told The Sun: ‘Poor Maisie has been so upset – she’s been crying all night and has really taken it to heart. She’s young and living away from home for the first time so it’s hard on her.’
The insider also claimed the young star had the support of her fellow celebrity contestants and professional dancers as they attempted to cheer her up.
Champion: Judge Craig Revel Horwood recently compared Maisie to Alesha Dixon, who won the popular BBC ballroom contest with dance partner Matthew Cutler in 2007 (pictured)