Strictly Come Dancing star Maisie Smith was invited by fans to win the BBC series after wowing the judges with her scorching samba in the first live show.
The EastEnders actress, 19, who stars as Tiffany Butcher, received a standing ovation from judges Motsi Mabuse, 39, and Shirley Ballas, 60, on Saturday night.
Maisie and her partner Gorka Marquez, 30, received a score of 24 out of 30, with one fan wondering, “Which one is the professional dancer?
Wow: Strictly Come Dancing star Maisie Smith, 19, was invited by fans to win the BBC series after wowing the judges with her Samba during the first live broadcast on Saturday
The actress looked sensational in a hot pink halterneck ensemble with a rhinestone bodice and feather skirt which she described as “me like a dress”.
She wore her auburn locks in a wavy ponytail paired with a pink and blue feather headpiece for opening night.
Shirley said Maisie was an ‘absolute firecracker’, adding, ‘You pushed yourself, you challenged in the end, absolutely fabulous well done. “
Star: The actress looked sensational in a hot pink halterneck ensemble with a rhinestone bodice and feather skirt which she described as “me like a dress”
Motsi said the performance was’ absolute girl power ‘, as she continued,’ You lifted us up, we were dancing with you.
“Right from the start it was a bam, what I love about all those shaking things, they felt genuine, you didn’t make it look pretty, you brought it back to mother earth, shake it up.” “
While Craig Revel Horwood, 55, added that she had things to work on, but felt that overall it was ‘a-ma-zing’.
Jumpstart: Shirley said Maisie was an ‘absolute firecracker’ while Motsi said the performance was ‘absolute girl power’ and Craig said they were ‘a-ma-zing’
Speaking after the show, co-host Claudia WInkleman pointed out how Maisie takes a “notepad” at rehearsals with the actress adding that she “really tries.”
Fans on Twitter were taken aback by Maisie’s first performance as they instructed her to win the 2020 series.
One of them wrote, “Maisie, you were on fire tonight, girl – already a winner. “
Another wrote: “I know it’s early but I think Maisie and Gorka could win this. “
A third added: “Which one is the professional dancer? “
It comes as Nicola Adams, 37, and Katya Jones, 31, left fans in tears as they made history as the very first same-sex couple to perform on the show, as Youtube sensation HRVY, 21, and Janette Manrara, 36, came high in the rankings.
Elsewhere during the episode, the pros dazzled with a sensational opening routine with the judges seated on separate podiums to ensure the program meets COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Amazed: Fans on Twitter were amazed by Maisie’s first performance as they instructed her to win the 2020 series
Fourth judge Bruno Tonioli was unable to return to the UK from his home in Los Angeles for filming due to the Covid-19 crisis and his professional commitments on Dancing With The Stars.
Already, the BBC frontrunner has seen his highest ratings in three years, after finally hitting screens after months of uncertainty sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of Saturday, viewership numbers averaged 8.6 million and that’s the show’s highest ratings since 2017.
This year’s couples formed their own separate “bubbles” for them to practice and perform, and are regularly tested to avoid a virus outbreak during filming.
The show will continue to have a live audience, although audience members will be seated in their separate homes or “bubbles” and will wear masks throughout filming.
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Strictly Come Dancing: Week One Scores
HRVY and Janette Manrara – Jive to Faith de Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande – 25
Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez – From samba to samba by Gloria Estefan – 24
Nicola Adams et Katya Jones – Quickstep to Get Happy par Ella Fitzgerald – 21
Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice -Beyoncé’s Double Pass to End Of Time – 21
Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe – American Smooth to 9 to 5 (Morning Train) par Sheena Easton – 21
JJ Chalmers et Amy Dowden – Waltz towards what a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong – 19
Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec – Cha Cha to Don’t Start Now par Dua Lipa – 18
Max George et Dianne Buswell-Tango with the best fake smile in James Bay – 17
Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk – American Smooth to my daughter by temptations – 16
Bill Bailey et Oti Mabuse – Cha Cha in Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba – 15
Jamie Laing et Karen Hauer – Cha Cha to think about things by Daði Freyr – 14
Jacqui Smith and Anton Du Beke -Foxtrot to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Monty Python – 13