Maisie Smith praises Kai Widdrington for preparing her for Strictly Live in just two weeks 1

Maisie Smith praises Kai Widdrington for preparing her for Strictly Live in just two weeks

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Maisie Smith cut a casual figure as she arrived at the Utilita Arena Birmingham for the third day of performances on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour on Saturday.

The former EastEnders actress, 20, who took to the stage twice with her professional dance partner Kai Widdrington, 26, on Saturday, wore a grey tracksuit with a white T-shirt and a brown bobble hat.

Her outing comes after she praised twinkle-toed star Kai for whipping her into shape for the tour in just two weeks after she stepped in to fill AJ Odudu’s place when the television presenter, 33, sustained a painful ankle injury before last year’s show final. 

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Star power: Maisie Smith, 20, cut a casual figure as she arrived at the Utilita Arena Birmingham for the third day of performances on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour on Saturday

Star power: Maisie Smith, 20, cut a casual figure as she arrived at the Utilita Arena Birmingham for the third day of performances on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour on Saturday

Maisie told The Sun: ‘He’s been very patient. I can take a while to pick up things, but he’s been really supportive.

‘We’ve had a lovely time, laughing and getting along like a house on fire.’

And Maisie was delighted with a bunch of flowers set by AJ after the one-time soap star took her place in the Strictly stage shows.

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Professional: Her outing comes after she praised twinkle-toed star Kai Widdrington, 26, for whipping her into shape for the tour in just two weeks

Professional: Her outing comes after she praised twinkle-toed star Kai Widdrington, 26, for whipping her into shape for the tour in just two weeks

AJ told Maisie: ‘I’m devastated not to be able to take part in the Strictly tour due to injury.

‘I had hoped for one last dance with Kai, but I must obviously follow the medical advice. I wish my Strictly family the very best of luck on the road and I’ll definitely be there to cheer them on.’

Maisie appeared on the 2020 series of Strictly with professional Gorka Marquez, 31, with the pair finishing in the runner-up position.

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Quick change: Maisie stepped in to fill AJ Odudu's place when the television presenter, 33, sustained a painful ankle injury before last year's show final

Quick change: Maisie stepped in to fill AJ Odudu’s place when the television presenter, 33, sustained a painful ankle injury before last year’s show final

Casual: The former EastEnders star, who took to the stage twice with Kai on Saturday, wore a grey tracksuit with a white T-shirt and a brown bobble hat

Casual: The former EastEnders star, who took to the stage twice with Kai on Saturday, wore a grey tracksuit with a white T-shirt and a brown bobble hat

Considerate: And Maisie was delighted with a bunch of flowers set by AJ after the one-time soap star took her place in the Strictly stage shows

Considerate: And Maisie was delighted with a bunch of flowers set by AJ after the one-time soap star took her place in the Strictly stage shows

Heartbroken: AJ told Maisie: 'I¿m devastated not to be able to take part in the Strictly tour due to injury. I had hoped for one last dance with Kai'

Heartbroken: AJ told Maisie: ‘I’m devastated not to be able to take part in the Strictly tour due to injury. I had hoped for one last dance with Kai’

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Maisie’s Strictly tour co-stars were also seen heading to the arena in Birmingham, including Tilly Ramsay, 20, who had just stepped out of the shower before leaving.

The influencer, who is the daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, wore a grey hoodie and matching leggings.

Her hair was visibly wet as she made her way into the venue, ready to take to the stage that afternoon and evening. 

Maisie's Strictly tour co-stars were also seen heading to the arena in Birmingham, including Tilly Ramsay, 20, who had just stepped out of the shower before leaving

The star was spotted wearing pink and purple fluffy slippers after leaving her hotel

Keeping it casual: Maisie’s Strictly tour co-stars were also seen heading to the arena in Birmingham, including Tilly Ramsay, 20, who had just stepped out of the shower before leaving

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In style: The influencer, who is the daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, wore a grey hoodie and matching leggings

In style: The influencer, who is the daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, wore a grey hoodie and matching leggings

Born to perform: Her hair was visibly wet as she made her way into the venue, ready to take to the stage that afternoon and evening

Born to perform: Her hair was visibly wet as she made her way into the venue, ready to take to the stage that afternoon and evening

All smiles: Winner of the 2021 series, Rose Ayling-Ellis, 27, smiled broadly as she headed to the arena, wrapping up warm in a stylish navy blue coat

All smiles: Winner of the 2021 series, Rose Ayling-Ellis, 27, smiled broadly as she headed to the arena, wrapping up warm in a stylish navy blue coat

Fashion forward: She wore a white turtle neck jumper and matching shoes which she teamed with a pair of blue denim jeans

Fashion forward: She wore a white turtle neck jumper and matching shoes which she teamed with a pair of blue denim jeans

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Greeting her public: Rose waved at fans as she headed into the arena before preparing to take to the stage

Greeting her public: Rose waved at fans as she headed into the arena before preparing to take to the stage

Winner of the 2021 series, Rose Ayling-Ellis, 27, smiled broadly as she headed to the arena, wrapping up warm in a stylish navy blue coat.

She wore a white turtle neck jumper and matching shoes which she teamed with a pair of blue denim jeans.

Meanwhile, newly-single Nadiya Bychkova, 32, was seen smiling after she was spotted without her engagement ring on Friday following her split from her fiancé Matija Škarabot.

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Happy? Meanwhile, newly-single Nadiya Bychkova, 32, was seen smiling after she was spotted without her engagement ring on Friday following her split from her fiancé Matija ¿karabot

Happy? Meanwhile, newly-single Nadiya Bychkova, 32, was seen smiling after she was spotted without her engagement ring on Friday following her split from her fiancé Matija Škarabot

Bling: However, the ballroom professional had her engagement band back on this Saturday while she wore a white crop top which she teamed up with chic black joggers

Bling: However, the ballroom professional had her engagement band back on this Saturday while she wore a white crop top which she teamed up with chic black joggers

Feeling alright: The star gave a thumbs up to onlookers as she prepared to head inside the arena

Feeling alright: The star gave a thumbs up to onlookers as she prepared to head inside the arena

However, the ballroom professional had her engagement band back on this Saturday while she wore a white crop top which she teamed up with chic black joggers and a matching blazer.  

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Other dance couples on the bill from this year’s show include Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec and Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu.

Strictly’s professional dancers Amy Dowden, Neil Jones, Luba Mushtuk and Jowita Przystal are also performing with the couples in over 33 sequin-spangled shows.

The Strictly Come Dancing tour continues in Birmingham on Saturday evening. 

Loved-up: Alja¿ ¿korjanec, 31, was spotted walking hand-in-hand with his wife Janette Manrara, 38, as they prepared to perform on the third day

Loved-up: Aljaž Škorjanec, 31, was spotted walking hand-in-hand with his wife Janette Manrara, 38, as they prepared to perform on the third day

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What a pair: Katya Jones looked chic in black while her celebrity partner Max George showed off his smart but casual style

The Wanted's Max George is dancing with Katya on tour

What a pair: Katya Jones looked chic in black while her celebrity partner Max George showed off his smart but casual style

The show must go on: The Strictly Come Dancing tour continues in Birmingham on Saturday evening

The show must go on: The Strictly Come Dancing tour continues in Birmingham on Saturday evening

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