She narrowly avoided elimination after facing Max George and Dianne Buswell in the dance off during last week’s contest.
And Strictly Come Dancing’s Maisie Smith admitted that she is feeling ‘nervous’ just hours before Saturday night’s live show.
The Eastenders actress, 19, shared her fear with her 834,000 Instagram fans while getting ready to take to the floor and dance the sizzling salsa to Meghan Trainor’s Better When I’m Dancing.
Nervous: Strictly Come Dancing’s Maisie Smith admitted that she is feeling ‘nervous’ just hours before Saturday night’s live show
Posting on her Instagram stories, a silly selfie saw Maisie and her professional dance partner Gorka Marquez pulling exaggerated anxious faces as they waited on the Strictly set for the show to get underway.
Maisie donned a paisley patterned gold headband and opted for a high-coverage make-up look as she admitted she was ‘nervous’ after a week of rehearsals.
She wore her ginger tresses styled in a half-up half-down hairdo and had tightly braided sections of her length locks away from her face.
Meanwhile, Gorka flaunted his toned physique in a vibrant tropical patterned shirt, which he playfully wore unbuttoned as he pulled a silly face at the camera.
Comeback: The Eastenders actress, 19, shared her fear with her 834,000 Instagram fans while readying herself to dance the sizzling salsa to Meghan Trainor’s Better When I’m Dancing
Maisie admitted she was feeling worried about her passionate salsa ahead of the live show, penning alongside the playful snap: ‘Feeling those Saturday night nerves.’
Her ‘nerves’ come soon after she narrowly avoided elimination last week after being in the bottom two alongside Max George and Dianne Buswell.
Maisie earned a respectable 24 with her Cha Cha, but still found herself dancing to save her place in the competition, much to the shock of viewers.
But it was The Wanted star, 32, and his Australian partner, 31, who were eliminated from the series after dancing the American Smooth to It Had to Be You.
Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke voted to keep Maisie in the competition – while head judge Shirley voted for Max.
Dance-off: Her ‘nerves’ come soon after she narrowly avoided elimination last week after being in the bottom 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 isolated after an ‘urgent’ trip to Germany, said that if she had been in the judging seat, she would have saved Max and sent Maisie home.
The close call reportedly left the actress feeling shaken 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 has been so upset – she’s been crying all night and has really taken it to heart. She’s young and living away from home for the first time so it’s hard on her.’
The insider went on to say that the young actress had the support of her fellow celebrity contestants and professional dancers as they attempted to cheer her up.
They added: ‘The show’s dancers and the other celebs have been rallying around and trying to lift her spirits.’
Shocked: Maisie earned a respectable 24 with her Cha Cha, but still found herself dancing to save her place in the competition, much to the shock of viewers
MailOnline has previously contacted Maisie’s representatives for comment.
Following the result, former Strictly pro Kevin Clifton claimed that Maisie was a victim of sexism after landing in the dance-off on Sunday.
Kevin, who danced with Maisie in the 2019 Children In Need special, shared his shock and his theory on why it had happened.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, he wrote: ‘People love a confident/ talented/ successful man but a confident girl gets labelled cocky.’
Maisie told fans that she usually trains eight hours a day for the weekly dance show, but added that she and Gorka sometimes have to train for up to 10 hours.
Disappointed: The close call reportedly left the actress feeling shaken and she apparently had to be comforted by her fellow Strictly co-stars after taking the vote ‘to heart’
She admitted that she is ‘slow at learning everything’ because her ‘brain just doesn’t work after about 4pm’.
The actress also said last weekend’s Cha Cha was her favourite routine – despite having to face the dreaded dance-off.
She added: ‘I guess that got me in the bottom two. But I loved it. I had the best time of my life and I loved being Barbie for a day. That was wicked.’
Since her disappointment last week, Maisie is determined to do well this weekend and has been spotted leaving rehearsals after several gruelling hours of dance training.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC One.