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Strictly’s Maisie Smith says Kevin Clifton is supporting her after she landed in dance-off again

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Strictly Come Dancing star Maisie Smith has revealed former professional Kevin Clifton has reached out to her to offer support after finding herself in the dance off two weeks in a row.

The pair danced together – and won – the show’s Children in Need special last year, and Maisie said Kevin has been one of the many famous faces sending her supportive messages after she and her partner Gorka Marquez had to take on the dance off for a second time.

She explained: "I've had so many messages from previous Strictly contestants and even Kevin just saying: 'Don't take it personally, don't worry about this, this happens to everyone on the show''.

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"Everyone goes through up and downs so I'm not letting it get to me. We are still here and we're going to power through."

The 19 year old went on to admit that although being in the dance-off is tough, the part she finds the hardest is having to send one of her co-stars home.

The EastEnders actress continued: "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 [George] and Dianne's [Buswell] journey on the show and the same with Caroline [Quentin], that was what hit me more.

"But in regards to the bottom two, I think it can happen to anyone. That's the whole point of the show, you have no idea who's going to be in the bottom two.

"Every week everyone's like: 'What?!' You have no idea who it's going to be. It is hard because no-one is expecting it, no-one wants it to be them."

This weekend will see Maisie and Gorka take on a Quickstep to Andy Williams’ song ‘When You’re Smiling.

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Maisie recently exclusively opened up to OK! about how it has felt to find her place in the BBC One competition at risk.

The star told us: “Some people have had it in their heads that because I’m a good dancer that I would be safe every week. But that’s so not the case.

“It was so, so scary. It wasn’t a nice feeling at all. You didn’t see it on camera, but as soon as I was saved, I just burst into tears… [Maisie breaks down] It knocked my confidence.

"I’ve been trying so hard – we all have. But I’ve had to keep reminding myself not to take it so personally.”

She continued: “It happened to Jamie Laing in the first week, and he did so well after that. But honestly, when I heard my name, it was the scariest feeling. I’ve never been in such a scary situation.”

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