Strictly's Maisie Smith flashes toned figure in shorts and crop top on her way to dance training

DESPITE how she’s dressed, bookies’ favourite Maisie Smith is taking no shorts-cuts when it comes to Strictly Come Dancing.

Pro partner Gorka Marquez says the 19-year-old EastEnders star — snapped on her way to London dance studios — has even been practising in lunch breaks.

The actress is set to perform the samba on Saturday’s first live show.

Maisie won the Children in Need special last year and looked assured in Saturday night’s launch episode.

Although head judge Shirley Ballas, 60, has warned Maisie that she’s a long way from the Glitterball trophy yet.

She said: “I know she won the special but if I was Maisie I wouldn’t take anything for granted because doing one dance is not like doing ten weeks.

"You’ve got to be there and you’ve got to be full on and you’ve got to go the whole nine yards.

“You could see the competitive spirit, you could feel it.

"These people all look like they were at the starting block, ready to move forward.”

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