Strictly's Maisie Smith wows fans with her sizzling Samba
‘Who is the professional?’: Strictly’s Maisie Smith wows fans with her sizzling Samba on the first live show as they tip her to WIN the series
Strictly Come Dancing star Maisie Smith has been tipped by fans to win the BBC series after she wowed the judges with her sizzling Samba on the first live show.
The EastEnders actress, 19, who plays the part of Tiffany Butcher, received a standing ovation from judges Motsi Mabuse, 39, and Shirley Ballas, 60, on Saturday night.
Maisie and her partner Gorka Marquez, 30, received a score of 24 out of 30, with one fan questioning: ‘Which one is the professional dancer?’
Wow: Strictly Come Dancing star Maisie Smith, 19, has been tipped by fans to win the BBC series after she wowed the judges with her Samba on the first live show on Saturday
The actress looked sensational in a vibrant pink halterneck ensemble with a diamante bodice and feather skirt which she described as ‘me as a dress’.
She wore her auburn locks in a wavy ponytail paired with a pink-and-blue feather headpiece for the opening night.
Shirley gushed that Maisie was an ‘absolute firecracker’, as she added: ‘You pushed yourself, you challenged on the end, absolutely fabulous well done.’
Star: The actress looked sensational in a vibrant pink halterneck ensemble with a diamante bodice and feather skirt which she described as ‘me as a dress’
Motsi said the performance was ‘absolute girl power’, as she went on: ‘You got us up, we were dancing with you.
‘From the start it was a bam, what I love all those shaking things they felt authentic, you didn’t make it seem pretty you brought it back to mother earth, shake it up.’
While Craig Revel Horwood, 55, added that she had things to work on, but thought all in all it was ‘a-ma-zing.’
Strong start: Shirley gushed that Maisie was an ‘absolute firecracker’, while Motsi said the performance was ‘absolute girl power’ and Craig said they were ‘a-ma-zing’
Speaking after the show, co-host Claudia WInkleman pointed out how Maisie takes a ‘notepad’ to rehearsals with the actress adding how she is ‘really trying’.
Fans on Twitter were left amazed by Maisie’s first performance as they tipped her to win the 2020 series.
One wrote: ‘Maisie you were on fire tonight girl – already a winner.’
Another penned: ‘I know it’s early days but I reckon Maisie and Gorka could win this.’
A third added: ‘Which one is the professional dancer?’
It comes as Nicola Adams, 37, and Katya Jones, 31, left fans in tears as they made history as the first ever same-sex couple to perform on the show, as Youtube sensation HRVY, 21, and Janette Manrara, 36, came top of the leaderboard.
Elsewhere during the episode, the pros dazzled with a sensational opening routine with the judges seated on separate podiums to ensure the programme adhered to COVID-19 safety guidelines.
In awe: Fans on Twitter were left amazed by Maisie’s first performance as they tipped her to win the 2020 series
Fourth judge Bruno Tonioli was unable to travel back to the UK from his home in LA for the filming due to the Covid-19 crisis and his work commitments on Dancing With The Stars.
Already the BBC favourite has seen its highest ratings in three years, after finally making it to screens after months of uncertainly sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last Saturday, viewing figures averaged at 8.6 million and it is the show’s highest ratings since 2017.
This year’s couples have formed their own separate ‘bubbles’ to allow them to train and perform, and are being regularly tested to avoid a virus outbreak during filming.
The show will continue to have a live audience, though members of the public will be seated in their separate households or ‘bubbles’ and will wear a mask throughout filming.
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Strictly Come Dancing: Week One Scores
HRVY and Janette Manrara – Jive to Faith by Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande – 25
Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez – Samba to Samba by Gloria Estefan – 24
Nicola Adams and Katya Jones – Quickstep to Get Happy by Ella Fitzgerald – 21
Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice -Paso Doble to End Of Time by Beyoncé – 21
Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe – American Smooth to 9 to 5 (Morning Train) by Sheena Easton – 21
JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden – Waltz to What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong – 19
Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec – Cha Cha to Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa – 18
Max George and Dianne Buswell-Tango to Best Fake Smile by James Bay – 17
Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk – American Smooth to My Girl by The Temptations – 16
Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse – Cha Cha to Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba – 15
Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer – Cha Cha to Think About Things by Daði Freyr – 14
Jacqui Smith and Anton Du Beke -Foxtrot to Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life by Monty Python – 13
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