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Maisie Smith and HRVY are tipped to be in the Strictly Come Dancing final. As the weeks progress, the two youngest contestants are battling it out for the top spot on the leaderboard, and their rivalry is emerging. During an appearance on It Takes Two with Rylan Clark-Neal earlier this week, Maisie and professional dance partner Gorka Marquez spoke about HRVY’s cheekiness backstage.
“And going into week two, you got the highest score of the night,” Rylan said looking back on last week’s dance.
“Over week one and two, you and HRVY are joint first on the leaderboard. I know you’ve got this friendly banter, but secretly are you like ‘Right, I’m knocking him off next week?’”
“When we first started, he made out to me ‘I’m not going to be very good,’” Maisie replied.
“He’s a liar! He’s a liar!” Rylan interrupted.
“Yes!” the EastEnders star chimed. “Then he did that Jive on week one, and there is a bit of rivalry there.”
“He’s very cheeky, he just walks around saying ‘Good luck.’ And you’re like ‘Don’t do that!’” Gorka added.
“We need to talk about something, because this doesn’t happen a lot – Shirley dishing out a nine in week two!” the presenter said.
“It’s only happened twice before actually, once with you and Alexandra, Debbie McGee and Giovanni.
“But it was your reaction which did it for me, you’re standing there, week two on Strictly and Shirley Ballas’ ‘Nine’ looking beautiful and glamorous and you’re like ‘Oh finally!’
“Either, she is having a moment or you are just being extra hard on yourself.”
“First thing I said was ‘Why did I say finally? It’s week two!’” Maisie reminisced.
Gorka interjected: “Can I just say the truth, even though it was a great number, it was incredible, I think she wasn’t very happy with it. She thought ‘I could do it better.’ I told her, but she wants to be perfect, she wants to do it to the detail.”
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“On this show, that’s not a bad mentality to have, because it keeps you pushing for that higher bar,” Rylan added.
Tomorrow night, Maisie and Gorka will dance the American Smooth – will they score higher than 25 points?
“We’re moving into week three now, and hopefully another smash hit from you guys,” the presenter continued.
“Your Movie Week smash hit is from Frozen 2, we’ve just seen your dress, what do you make of it?”
“Gorgeous! It’s my absolute dream, what other character would you want to play in Movie Week other than Elsa?” The actress asked and Gorka joked: “Olaf?”
Both Maisie and HRVY are on par according to the bookmakers.
Their chances of lifting the Glitterball Trophy are 7/4 according to Ladbrokes.
Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday night at 7.10pm on BBC One.
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