Strictly Come Dancing professionals fight to be partnered with Maisie Smith - here's why


EastEnders star Maisie Smith is favourite to win this year's dancing competition...

It won't be long before we find out which celebrities are set to be paired up with which professional dancers for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

But there is one celebrity who seems to already be at the top of the list when it comes to the male dancers.

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Maisie Smith is this year's favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: WireImage)

Before she has even set foot on the dance floor for this series of Strictly, EastEnders actress Maisie Smith is hot favourite to lift the glitter ball trophy.

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The actress appeared in the Children In Need Strictly Come Dancing special last year and was partnered with professional dancer, Kevin Clifton.

The pair went on to lift the glitter ball trophy after Maisie proved acting wasn't the only talent she has been gifted with.

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But it's not just her fancy footwork that has made Maisie the one all the male dancers apparently want to be partnered with.

Maisie's fan following... 

She also has a huge fan base thanks to her popular character in EastEnders.

Maisie is better known to soap fans as Walford's Tiffany Butcher, and has been in the soap since she was a little girl.

Maisie also has a huge following on social media platform TikTok, where she attracts thousands of fans with her videos.

A source has told The Sun: "All the male pros really want to partner with her, not just because she is young and fit, but she's also proven herself to be a brilliant dancer.

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Maisie Smith plays EastEnders Tiffany Butcher (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC / Jack Barnes)

"She has a massive fan following, which often ensures contestants get far in the competition."

Strictly Come Dancing 2020

There has been much speculation about Strictly Come Dancing this year as social distancing restrictions have thrown the show into jeopardy.

Thankfully the show is going ahead as normal, but with a few changes this year.

Not only will judge Bruno Tonioli be absent due to travel restrictions from America, but the series will also be sightly shorter than usual.

EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One.- see our TV Guide for full listings.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.