The last thing Maisie Smith wanted on Strictly Come Dancing Saturday night was a flawed routine – having narrowly escaped elimination last week.
But unfortunately for her, professional partner Gorka Marquez almost dropped her, after returning during the salsa.
The EastEnders star, 19, has improved significantly from last week’s performance, but after the flip Gorka lost her grip and she landed unsteadily.
Oops! Maisie Smith was nearly DROPPED by Gorka Marquez after back-flipping on Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing
All three judges pointed out the misstep, with Craig Revel Horwood saying: ‘It was a little unfortunate about the bad landing, but I blame your partner. ”
Gorka raised his hands and admitted that it was his fault.
Anton Du Beke rated the dance “wonderful” and “formidable” despite everything and the judges gave them a trio of 9.
This is Maisie’s best score of the season.
After the flip, Gorka lost her grip, and she landed unsteadily
All three judges pointed to the misstep, with Craig Revel Horwood saying: ‘It was a little unfortunate about the bad landing but I blame your partner’
She described being in the bottom two last week, and barely surviving elimination, as “the worst feeling on the planet!” in the VT before his dance.
She had already admitted feeling “nervous” just hours before Saturday night’s show.
She shared her fear with her 834,000 Instagram fans as she prepared to speak and dance on Meghan Trainor’s Better When I’m Dancing.
Nervous: She had already admitted feeling ‘nervous’ hours before Saturday night’s show
While posting on her Instagram Stories, a silly selfie saw Maisie and her professional dance partner Gorka Marquez pull exaggerated anxious faces as they waited on the set of Strictly for the show to begin.
Maisie donned a gold paisley headband and opted for very covering makeup, admitting she was “ nervous ” after a week of rehearsals.
She wore her ginger braids styled in a half up and half down hairstyle and had tightly braided sections of her long locks away from her face.
Meanwhile, Gorka flaunted his toned physique in a vibrant tropical patterned shirt, which he wore playfully unbuttoned as he made a silly face at the camera.
Comeback: The Eastenders actress, 19, shared her fear with her 834,000 Instagram fans while preparing to dance Meghan Trainor’s sizzling salsa Better When I’m Dancing
Maisie admitted that she felt worried about her passionate salsa ahead of the live show, writing alongside the playful snap: “Feel those Saturday night nerves.”
Last week she was in the bottom two alongside Max George and Dianne Buswell.
Maisie got a respectable 24 with her Cha Cha, but still found herself dancing to save her place in the competition, much to viewers’ shock.
But it was The Wanted star, 32, and her Australian partner, 31, who were knocked out of the show after dancing the American Smooth to It Had to Be You.
Craig and Anton voted to keep Maisie in the competition – while Chief Justice Shirley Ballas voted for Max.
Dance-off: His ‘nerves’ come shortly after narrowly avoiding elimination last week after being in the final two alongside Max George and Dianne Buswell
But it was later revealed that absent judge Motsi Mabuse, who was replaced by ballroom dancer Anton as she self-isolates after an “ urgent ” trip to Germany, said if she had been a judge , she allegedly saved Max and sent Maisie home. .
The close call would have shocked the actress 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 was so upset – she cried all night and really took it to heart. She’s young and living away from home for the first time, so it’s hard for her.
The insider went on to say that the young actress has the support of her celebrity comrades and professional dancers as they try to cheer her up.
They added: ‘The show’s dancers and other celebrities got together and tried to cheer her up. ”
Shocked: Maisie got a respectable 24 with her Cha Cha, but still found herself dancing to save her place in the competition, much to viewers’ shock
Following the result, former Strictly pro Kevin Clifton claimed Maisie was sexist after landing in the dance-off on Sunday.
Kevin, who danced with Maisie on the Children In Need 2019 special, shared his shock and theory on why this happened.
Speaking to Twitter on Monday, he wrote: ‘People love a confident / talented / successful man, but a confident girl is called pretentious. ”
Maisie told fans that she typically trains eight hours a day for the weekly dance show, but added that she and Gorka sometimes have to train until 10 a.m.
Disappointed: The close call would have rattled the actress and she apparently had to be comforted by her fellow Strictly co-stars after taking the vote ‘to heart’
She admitted she was ‘slow to learn it all’ because ‘her brain just doesn’t work after 4 p.m. or so.’
The actress also said last weekend’s Cha Cha was her favorite routine – despite having to cope with the dreaded dancing.
She added: ‘I guess it put me in the bottom two. But I loved it. I had the best time of my life and loved being a Barbie for a day. It was mean.
Since her disappointment last week, Maisie has been determined to do well this weekend and has been spotted leaving rehearsals after several grueling hours of dance training.
Strictly Come Dancing broadcasts its results from 7:25 p.m. Sunday on TBEN One.