Mom of Strictly Come Dancing & # 39; s youngest star Maisie Smith, 19, says the teen is "vulnerable", "nervous" and finds the show angry when she misses her family
- EastEnders actress Maisie Smith is Strictly's youngest nominee this year
- Her mother, Ms. Smith, announced that her 19-year-old daughter is having trouble living alone
- The teenager was in the bottom two positions for her cha cha cha and salsa
Maisie Smith is the youngest entrant in this year's Strictly and faces an uphill battle tonight to stay in the BBC competition. She is pictured above with Gorka Marquez on the show
The bite-sized EastEnders teen she plays can be tough as nails.
But Maisie Smith, the actress behind Tiffany Butcher, is anything but – and nowhere has that become more apparent than when she was a candidate on Strictly.
According to her mother Julia, Maisie is "vulnerable" and "nervous".
At only 19 years old, Maisie is the youngest entrant in this year's Strictly and faces an uphill battle tonight to stay in the BBC competition.
Ms. Smith revealed that her daughter is having difficulty living alone and lacking the "comfort" of seeing her parents in the audience.
She admitted seeing Maisie twice in the bottom two positions while unable to attend the live shows in person due to Covid-19, leaving her "tearful" and spending her sleepless nights.
Due to the strict bubble rules that year that allowed the show to move on, Maisie had to leave the family home and live alone for the first time.
Ms. Smith said while Maisie initially considered it "exciting", she has since confessed that going back to an empty apartment after a workout means "novelty wears off".
She told the Daily Mail, “As a parent, I don't think it's about her winning, but about her being at the top of the list in my eyes. My daughter is upset and vulnerable. I want to grab them. In the early days, me and my husband were allowed to sit in the audience … and she looked over and we gave her a big thumbs up and she said she missed that.
Ms. Smith revealed that her daughter is having difficulty living alone and lacking the "comfort" of seeing her parents in the audience. They are pictured together above
“Knowing we are not around I feel their vulnerability, so it was quite tearful. The last few weekends have been … you know, I didn't sleep on Sunday night. I was up for three hours just pacing up and down at night thinking, "How can I help her?"
"If it was another year than Covid it could be so much better that she come home, I would cook her a nice meal with all of her vegetables and we would talk it over and everything would be fine. & # 39;
Working with 30 year old professional dancer Gorka Marquez, Maisie was in the bottom two positions for her cha cha cha and salsa.
Ms. Smith showed how much she enjoyed supporting families as a child
Her Cha Cha Cha received 24 points from the judges and occupied the middle table. Their salsa was awarded 27 points, which made them second in the ranking. In the public votes, however, they fell into the rankings.
When Ms. Smith pondered why this had happened, she suggested that the audience see a candidate go on a "journey".
Ms. Smith went on to say that it was difficult for her daughter to be "Maisie Smith" on the show, as she could usually "hide" behind her Tiffany character.
"I was so nervous that she was Maisie Smith before the nation because I know how she gets so nervous," she said.
Maisie first appeared as Tiffany on EastEnders in 2008 when she was only six years old.
Ms. Smith showed how much she enjoyed supporting families as a child.
& # 39; Most of the girls went to the & # 39; s as Hermione Granger from Harry Potter Dress up day 'in elementary school, but not Maisie, she firmly believed she would go as a flamenco dancer. From the age of two, Maisie would wear a costume and put on a show. & # 39;