She narrowly avoided elimination last week after taking on Max George and Dianne Buswell in dance in last week’s Strictly Come Dancing competition.
And strictly fans were taken aback as Maisie Smith placed in the bottom two for the second straight week alongside Caroline Quentin on Sunday’s results broadcast.
The Eastenders actress, 19, narrowly avoided the chop after scoring 27 of 30 points, her highest score to date, for her searing salsa to Meghan Trainor’s Better When I’m Dancing.
‘Unbelievable’: Strictly fans were taken aback as Maisie Smith placed in the bottom two for second week in a row alongside Caroline Quentin on Sunday’s results broadcast
And it was the Blue Murder star, 60, who sadly became the fourth contender to be knocked out of Strictly this week after the tense dance.
Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke – who replaced Motsi Mabuse while she is self-isolating – unanimously chose to save Maisie after giving her best scores on Saturday.
But Strictly, fans wondered how the soap actress and her professional partner Gorka Marquez even ended up in the last two.
Many outraged viewers took to Twitter to slam her landing in the dance for the second week in a row as “Amazing” because they claimed she was the “best dancer” in the competition.
Dance-off: The 19-year-old Eastenders actress narrowly avoided the chop after scoring 27 of 30 points, her highest score to date, for her salsa at Meghan Trainor’s Better When I’m Dancing
One fan furiously wrote: @maisie_smith_ in the dance-off YET ?? No, something is wrong here. The girl can clearly dance !! Strictly #MaisieSmith ‘
While another wrote: “So sorry you ended up in the dance, again. You are incredibly talented! I really like to see you flourish completely. Please never stop being you [heart emojis]’
Another expressed disbelief by posting, “I just don’t get it !! I think @maisie_smith_ is amazing every week! #SCD ‘
And a fourth said: “No way that @maisie_smith_ and @ gorkamarquez1 are in the bottom 2 Strictly”
Meanwhile, other fans agreed with former Strictly pro Kevin Clifton’s claims earlier in the week that Maisie was sexist after landing in the dance-off.
Fuming fans: Outraged viewers took to Twitter to label her landing in the week two dance-off as ‘amazing’ as they claimed she was the ‘best dancer’ in the competition
One fan said: “Why is a man outspoken, he is confident, but when a woman is outspoken she is arrogant? Strictly #MaisieSmith ‘
And another viewer angrily wrote: “@Maisie_smith_ is in the last 2 again ?! People love both and demolish beautiful, confident women. Why?? She is literally the best dancer in the competition! #StrictlyComeDancing Strictly maisie ‘
While a third fumed: “Poor @maisie_smith_, it is so typical of the British public to confuse confidence with arrogance.
The flood of angry comments comes shortly after Kevin Clifton claimed Maisie was sexist after landing in the dance-off for the first time last Sunday.
Kevin, who danced with Maisie on the Children In Need 2019 special, shared his shock and theory on why this happened.
Disappointed: Last week’s tight call would have left Maisie shaken and she apparently should have been comforted by her fellow Strictly co-stars after taking the vote ‘to heart’
‘Cocky’: Meanwhile, other fans agreed with former Strictly pro Kevin Clifton’s claims earlier in the week that Maisie was sexist after landing in the dance-off
Speaking to Twitter on Monday, he wrote: “People love a confident / talented / successful man, but a confident girl is called pretentious. “
The last weeks A close call would have left Maisie shaken up and she apparently had to be comforted by her fellow Strictly co-stars after she took the vote “to heart.”
A source told The Sun: “Poor Maisie was so upset – she cried all night and really took it to heart. She’s young and living away from home for the first time, so it’s hard on her.
The insider went on to say that the young actress has the support of her fellow celebrity and professional dancer comrades as they try to cheer her up.
They added, “The show’s dancers and other celebrities got together and tried to cheer her up. “
High score: The actress had her best score of the series this week, but unfortunately her professional partner Gorka, 30, almost dropped her after returning during salsa.
This week the actress got his best score of the season after Cha Cha last week, which earned him a respectable 24 points from the judges.
But unfortunately for Maisie, her professional partner Gorka, 30, almost dropped her after returning during salsa.
All three judges pointed out the misstep, with Craig Revel Horwood saying, “It was a little unfortunate about the bad landing, but I blame your partner. “
But Gorka raised his hands and admitted that it was only his fault.
Anton Du Beke rated the dance “wonderful” and “formidable” despite everything and the judges gave them a trio of 9.
Recorded: Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke – who replaced Motsi Mabuse while she self-isolates – unanimously chose to save Maisie again
After surprisingly landing in the dance-off, Maisie managed to save herself and it was Caroline, 60, a former Jonathan Creek star, who sadly said goodbye after dancing the Cha Cha to Rescue Me by Fontella Bass.
She hailed her professional partner Johannes Radebe as her “greatest gift”, saying her five-week stint fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a dancer.
When asked if she had achieved her goals appearing on the BBC hit, presenter Caroline told hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly: “Yeah.
“In a way a little more than that because I had the honor and privilege to work with some of the greatest dancers this country has ever known, I mean I really believe it, I think ‘they are absolutely fantastic.
Goodbye! But it was former Jonathan Creek star Caroline, 60, who sadly said goodbye after dancing the Cha Cha to Fontella Bass’s Rescue Me.
“But of course my biggest gift to come on this show is this man. “
Choreographer Johannes expressed his gratitude to the chopped star by adding, “Oh my God, what a woman, thank you, thank you again!
‘Thanks thanks thanks. I don’t know what to say, because it was a beautiful trip, I had a beautiful trip with you, thank you darling, thank you.
True to the theme of the Elstree-based ‘Blackpool’ special, the professional dancers showcased their fancy footwork while dancing to Billy Ocean.
Strictly Come Dancing continues next Saturday on BBC One.