Maisie Smith already rehearsed Strictly dance in ‘unfair advantage’ over rival

Strictly Come Dancing favourite Maisie Smith has an unfair advantage over her rivals this weekend.

The EastEnders star will be dancing the cha-cha to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun with Gorka Marquez.

However, this is the same dance that she learned last year when she competed in and won The Children In Need Strictly special.

Back then she had pro Kevin Clifton as her dance teacher.

And Maisie won high praise for her moves.

After crowning her the champ, judge Bruno Tonioli said: "Saucy Maisie caught my eye.

"Did you see the hip action? Talk about shakin' it?"

Now she is back doing a cha cha once again on tonight's Strictly but this time with Gorka.

She will have an advantage over the others in the competition performing a dance she has already learned.

Kevin reckons she should be top of the leader board this weekend.

He said: "Me and her did the cha cha on Children In Need. She will kill it.

"If she gets a 10, I am going to take credit for it but if she gets like an 8 or a 7 then Gorka can take credit.

"I have a feeling it's gonna be great."

Maisie has been open about her dance training in the past, confirming she would be the "dark horse" in the competition during an appearance on This Morning earlier this year.

Chatting with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in September, she said: "I'm not going to lie, I've got dancing experience.

"I've done a bit of hip-hop and street dance throughout my time but I have no technical ability at all."

Referring to winning the Children In Need Strictly Come Dancing special, Maisie added: "So yeah I feel like I was very lucky on that week. But who knows, I could be the dark horse."

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday at 7.10pm on BBC One.

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