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Maisie Smith puffs on a cigarette with John Whaite and Jake Leigh after rehearsals for Strictly tour


Maisie Smith struggles to contain her laughter as she puffs on a cigarette with John Whaite and Jake Leigh after rehearsals for the Strictly tour










Maisie Smith was joined by Jake Leigh and John Whaite for a late night cigarette break during rehearsals for the the Strictly Come Dancing Tour in London on Friday.

The former EastEnders star, 20, couldn’t contain her laughter as she sat outside a hotel with the Great British Bake Off winner, 32, and the professional dancer – who does not appear on the BBC One show.

She kept things casual in a grey zip-up sweater, which she combined with a coordinating pair of joggers and unmissable pink fluffy slippers.

Puffing away: Maisie Smith was joined by Jake Leigh and John Whaite for a late night cigarette break during rehearsals for the the Strictly Come Dancing Tour in London

Puffing away: Maisie Smith was joined by Jake Leigh and John Whaite for a late night cigarette break during rehearsals for the the Strictly Come Dancing Tour in London

Her male companions wore black jackets as they wrapped up amid the frosty January weather, and appeared to be in deep conversation with the actress.

Having been taking part in gruelling training for the arena shows, it marked the fifth and final day of practice before hitting Utilita Arena Birmingham on Thursday.

Maisie will be partnered with ballroom pro Kai Widdrington for the upcoming shows.

AJ Odudu was forced to pull out of the tour due to her ongoing foot injury and as a result was replaced by 2020 contestant Maisie, it was confirmed last week.

Hilarious: The former EastEnders star, 20, couldn't contain her laughter as she sat outside a hotel with the Great British Bake Off winner, 32, (left) and the professional dancer (right)

Hilarious: The former EastEnders star, 20, couldn’t contain her laughter as she sat outside a hotel with the Great British Bake Off winner, 32, (left) and the professional dancer (right)

Trendy: She kept things casual in a grey zip-up sweater

Looking good: She combined the number with a coordinating pair of joggers

Trendy: She kept things casual in a grey zip-up sweater, which she combined with a coordinating pair of joggers

Comfy: Maisie completed her look with a pair of unmissable pink fluffy slippers

Comfy: Maisie completed her look with a pair of unmissable pink fluffy slippers

Posing: Maisie put on a very animated display during the exchange with her co-stars

Funny: She shot a serious of hilarious expressions during the meet-up

Posing: Maisie put on a very animated display during the exchange with her co-stars

Taking a break: They have been taking part in gruelling training for the arena shows

Taking a break: They have been taking part in gruelling training for the arena shows

The TV presenter, 33, had to withdraw from the BBC show’s grand final in December after suffering ligament damage to her ankle during training with her professional partner Kai. 

She will also be joined by John and Johannes Radebe as well as Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice, from the 2021 series.

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

Exciting: It marked the fifth and final day of practice before hitting Utilita Arena Birmingham on Thursday

Exciting: It marked the fifth and final day of practice before hitting Utilita Arena Birmingham on Thursday

Team: Her male companions wore black jackets as they wrapped up amid the frosty January weather

Team: Her male companions wore black jackets as they wrapped up amid the frosty January weather

Pals: They appeared to be in deep conversation with the actress

Pals: They appeared to be in deep conversation with the actress

Beaming: Maisie appeared to be in high spirits as she flashed a smile

Beaming: Maisie appeared to be in high spirits as she flashed a smile

Gang: They each appeared to be enjoying each other's company

Gang: They each appeared to be enjoying each other’s company

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

Janette Manrara will be hosting the tour after the star took over from Zoe Ball as host of It Takes Two this year.

Meanwhile, it will be choreographed and directed by Craig Revel Horwood and promises audiences an evening of glamour and excitement.

What a pair! Maisie will be partnered with ballroom pro Kai Widdrington for the upcoming shows

What a pair! Maisie will be partnered with ballroom pro Kai Widdrington for the upcoming shows



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