The TV presenter was forced to quit the nationwide tour on medical advice after injuring her foot ahead of the live final in December, with the EastEnders star taking her place.
Maisie, who was a finalist in the 2020 series, shared a picture of the cute floral gift from AJ on social media and thanked her for the thoughtful sentiment.
Taking to Instagram, she penned: ‘Aj you absolute beauty thank you so much for these.’ (sic)
Maisie will perform with AJ’s professional dance partner Kai Widdrington, joining series winners Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice, alongside Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec, and Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin.
‘I’m devastated not to be able to take part in the Strictly tour due to injury,’ AJ said at the time.
‘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 added: ‘I’m thrilled to be asked to restart my Strictly journey on this year’s arena tour.
‘Kai and I will be dancing the quickstep and the samba – I can’t wait for rehearsals to start next week.
‘It will be a joy to dance with everyone and so great to see my EastEnders friend Rose again. I wish AJ a speedy recovery.’
AJ was forced to pull out of the live final of the 2021 series after suffering a torn ligament.
The TV presenter had consistently impressed the judges with her routines, but her absence meant the final went ahead with just two celebrity contestants – EastEnders actress and eventual winner Rose and Bake Off star John.
The tour will also feature group performances from the show’s professional dancers – Nadiya Bychkova, Amy Dowden, Neil Jones, Jake Leigh, Cameron Lombard, Luba Mushtuk and Jowita Przystal – while the judging panel will be made up of Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.
It kicks off in Birmingham today, before travelling to Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Glasgow and Nottingham.
The tour will finish at London’s O2 Arena on February 13.
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