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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: Maisie Smith says she felt ‘guilty’ sending Max George and Caroline Quentin home in dance-offs

Maisie Smith has admitted she felt ‘guilty’ about sending Max George and Caroline Quentin home when she was saved by the Strictly Come Dancing judges in two consecutive dance-offs.

Last week, the Wanted singer Max found himself in the bottom two with his professional partner Dianne Buswell, going up against Maisie and her partner Gorka Márquez.

A week after Max was eliminated, Maisie, 19, found herself dancing for her place in the competition yet again, when she and Gorka faced actor Carline and her partner Johannes Radebe in Sunday night’s dance-off.

Although she will undoubtedly be feeling relieved to still be in the running for the Glitterball Trophy, Eastenders star Maisie has revealed she felt a great deal of guilt about ending the ‘journeys’ of her fellow competitors.

While appearing on Wednesday’s This Morning with Gorka via video chat, Maisie was asked by Phillip Schofield how she felt about being in the bottom two twice.

‘I’ll be honest, I think I was actually more upset that I kind of felt guilty because I felt like I was the one that ended Max and Dianne’s journey on the show and the same with Caroline. That was what hit me more,’ she told Phillip and his co-presenter Holly Willoughby.

Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez found themselves in the bottom two of Strictly two weeks in a row (Picture: BBC)

Maisie added that when it comes to being in the bottom two of Strictly, ‘it can happen to anyone’.

‘That’s the whole point of this show. You have no idea who’s going to be in the bottom two,’ the actor said.

Gorka also said that while it’s ‘not a good feeling’ when the spotlight hits you, indicating that you’re going to be in the dance-off, the bad feeling is ‘something that has to go very quick’, so you can do your best to stay in the competition.

Maisie stressed that she’s not going to let being in two dance-offs stop her from performing to the best of her ability, stating: ‘I’m not letting it get to me.’

During their interview, Phillip questioned Maisie over why she thinks viewers may not have voted for her, asking whether she believes it may be because she comes across as ‘confident’ in her dance routines.

‘I don’t get it, because I’m not confident,’ Maisie said.

‘I think she’s like the opposite of confident,’ Gorka added.

‘I think because maybe she’s an actress, and then when she’s in a performance she can do the character, she might look confident, but I can tell you, when she’s about to dance, she goes to me, ‘Gorka, I haven’t got it, I don’t remember, I don’t know what I want to do.’ She’s quite panicky.’

Nonetheless, Maisie and Gorka will no doubt come back fighting on Saturday when they take on the Quickstep.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC One.


Credit: Original article published here.

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