Strictly fans convinced they ‘know’ Maisie Smith will win after launch show

Sequins and glitter galore, Strictly Come Dancing has already cha-cha-cha'd its way into 2020, with 12 new celebrity contestants hitting the ballroom.

Even though the official competition has yet to start, BBC One viewers are convinced they can already predict who the winner will be.

Saturday (October 17) saw the celebs take on the launch show, appearing with their professional dance partners for the first time for one choreographed spectacle.

However, it was EastEnders star Maisie Smith who caught the attention of most, as she swayed across the dance floor with pro dancer Gorka Márquez.

Watching from home, viewers were convinced the 19-year-old actress, who plays Tiffany Butcher on the BBC One soap, had a solid chance of winning.

One penned: "Maisie is gonna win. Also mute #strictly if you don't wanna hear me go on about glitter from now Christmas."

"Calling it now, Maisie to win #Strictly this year," added a second.

While a third chimed: "I'm predicting Maisie and Gorka to win."

And a fourth, who was a fan of comedian Billy Bailey's performance, penned: "Maisie will win, but I'm rooting for Bill – he's loving it already."

Maisie's experience on the dance floor has swayed certain fans' opinions after the teen actress confessed to having trained in the world of dance years previously.

Speaking on This Morning last month, she said: "I'm not going to lie, I've got dancing experience.

"I've done a bit of hip-hop and street dance throughout my time but I have no technical ability at all."

Maisie added: "So yeah I feel like I was very lucky on that week. But who knows, I could be the dark horse."

The flame-haired starlet has also amassed thousands of followers on TikTok, trying out complex dance routines with her mum Julia.

While Maisie may have the viewers' vote, it doesn't mean the other contestants aren't in with a fighting chance.

Proving she wouldn't go down without a dance-off, fellow contestant Ranvir Singh hinted she had her sights set on a Strictly win during Monday's Good Morning Britain.

When her co-host Kate Garraway referred to the coveted Glitterball Trophy, she said: "I'll give you the real one, shall I, when I get it?"

Clearly impressed, Kate shouted: "Fighting talk!"

However, Ranvir appeared to immediately doubt her words, as she swiftly remarked: "I've got a horrible feeling that's going to be replayed in about four weeks' time."

Who will leave the BBC One studios with the sparkling Glitterball Trophy in their clutches?

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7.50pm on BBC One

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