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Strictly Come Dancing: Male pros ‘competing to partner with EastEnders actress Maisie Smith’

Maisie Smith is reportedly hot in demand on this year's Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing male pros are reportedly desperate to pair up with Maisie Smith.

The EastEnders actress, 19, is already a bookies favourite to win the 2020 series.

As a result, Strictly male pros are all queuing up to be partnered with the star.

Maisie originally played Tiffany Butcher on EastEnders from 2008 to 2014.

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Actress Maisie Smith is a hot contender to win Strictly 2020 (Credit: SplashNews.com)

After a brief appearance in 2016, she’s been back full-time since 2018.

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Maisie has already proven her dancing abilities

And she even won the Strictly special for Children in Need last year.

She was partnered with Kevin Clifton, who announced his departure from the show this March.

But a source told The Sun that Neil Jones, Giovanni Pernice and Aljaz Skorjanec are all keen to dance with Maisie.

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Neil Jones reportedly wants to pair up with Maisie Smith (Credit: SplashNews.com)

The soap actress has a huge social media following

The source said: “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.

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

And she’s hugely popular on social media – with over 700,000 followers on Instagram. And an incredible 1.7 million followers on TikTok.

Earlier this month, Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley said she was ‘praying’ that Maisie would be partnered up with Giovanni.

Maisie Smith is a favourite to win Strictly (Credit: SplashNews.com)

She tweeted: “I’m literally praying that  @pernicegiovann1 gets @maisie_smith_ on @bbcstrictlyit HAS TO HAPPEN!!!

“Dance-Floor-Perfection. We are praying to the Dance-Angels.”

And most tellingly – Giovanni liked the tweet.

Meanwhile, Kevin has gushed over how much he enjoyed dancing with Maisie on Children in Need.

Speaking on his podcast, The Kevin Clifton Show, he described Maisie as ‘sensational’ to work with.

He said: “It was an EastEnders special and I was partnered with Maisie and she was sensational.

“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.

“I was literally bashing out choreography and she was doing it straight away.”

ED! reached out to Strictly reps for comment.

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