Maisie Smith praises Kai Widdrington for preparing her for Strictly Live in ...

Maisie Smith praises Kai Widdrington for preparing her for Strictly Live in ...
Maisie Smith praises Kai Widdrington for preparing her for Strictly Live in ...

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. 

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.

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.

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'

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

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