Strictly’s Shirley Ballas tells bookies’ fave Maisie Smith to not get cocky — and provides her verdict on all of the celebs

STRICTLY head choose Shirley Ballas has warned EastEnders actress Maisie Smith to not take victory as a right.

Bookies’ favorite Maisie, 19, received the Youngsters in Want particular final 12 months and seemed assured in Saturday night time’s launch episode.


Maisie Smith seemed assured in Strictly’s launch episode[/caption]

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Head choose Shirley Ballas has warned actress Maisie to not take victory as a right[/caption]

However Shirley, 60, says Maisie has an extended option to go to get her fingers on the trophy, whereas an outsider like Invoice Bailey, 55, shouldn’t be underestimated.

She mentioned: “I do know she received the particular but when I used to be Maisie I wouldn’t take something as a right as a result of doing one dance shouldn’t be like doing ten weeks.

You’ve bought to be there and also you’ve bought to be full on and also you’ve bought to go the entire 9 yards.

“You may see the aggressive spirit, you may really feel it. These individuals all appear like they have been on the beginning block, prepared to maneuver ahead.”

Maisie has been given odds as quick as 2/1 to win with accomplice Gorka Marquez.

However Shirley says comic Invoice, who’s dancing with reigning champion Oti Mabuse, is probably not the anticipated novelty act like ex- politician Ed Balls two years in the past.

She added: “I turned to Craig and mentioned, ‘He’s going to be our Ed Balls and the collection goes to be lots of enjoyable’ after which he danced.

“He was rotating his hips, he was giving it some stick. And I assumed, ‘Oh my Lord he isn’t solely humorous, he’s going to essentially give this a go. I wasn’t anticipating that.

“I used to be like, ‘That’s really wonderful’. I assumed Invoice can be fairly stiff and uncomfortable.

“Some individuals appear like they’re caught in concrete. He seemed like he may go. I’m to see him.”      

Shirley’s Verdict

Max and Dianne


Shirley says Max has a pure rhythm[/caption]

Shirley mentioned: I’m positive whenever you’re in a boy band and also you hearken to your music they’ve pure rhythm. I wouldn’t suppose musicality can be an issue for him. So I’d say he’s one other one within the operating.

Nicole and Katya


Shirley hopes individuals will get behind Strictly’s first same-sex couple[/caption]

Shirley mentioned: Nicola didn’t appear like she had a nervous bone in her physique, and Katya is a seasoned professional. She clearly mentioned I’d like to bop with a lady, the BBC have accomplished it. I hope individuals will get behind them.

Clara and Aljaž


Clara has numerous potential, says Shirley[/caption]

Shirley mentioned: Clara is an ­completely lovely woman. She has such pretty posture, appears unimaginable and has tons and many potential. Within the sensible fingers of Aljaz, she might be a contender.

Invoice and Oti


Shirley says Invoice will give this collection a go[/caption]

Shirley mentioned: I informed Craig: “He’ll be our Ed Balls and the collection goes to be enjoyable” after which he danced. He was giving it some stick. And I assumed, he’s not solely humorous. He’ll give this a go.

Caroline and Johannes


Caroline has a stunning physique and nice posture, says Shirley[/caption]

Shirley mentioned: She danced when she was youthful. She’s understated how she clothes. So that you suppose I’m undecided, and she or he walks and also you see this little turnout. She’s bought lovely leg, beautiful physique, nice posture.

HRVY and Janette


HRVY is one to observe, says the pinnacle choose[/caption]

Shirley mentioned: He has the neck of a ballroom dancer. His lengthy arms imply when he goes into ballroom body it will likely be beautiful, and as Janette’s so little he’ll be capable to fling her in every single place. Watch him.

Jacqui and Anton


Shirley says Jacqui seemed slightly nervous[/caption]

Shirley mentioned: That appears prefer it’s going to be a enjoyable partnership however she did look slightly bit nervous. Anton can deliver enjoyable and critical numbers, he can do ballroom, latin, and may tailor that to any particular person.

Jamie and Karen


Jamie appears like a person on a mission, says Shirley[/caption]

Shirley mentioned: He appears like a person on a mission. I feel he’s bought some extent to show to himself, and Karen will deliver the very best out of him. There’s stress on all people as a result of they need their scholar to be the very best.

Jason and Luba


Shirley described Jason’s dance as ‘cute’[/caption]

Shirley mentioned: This was cute. Their choreography was a bit extra difficult as he picked her up and whizzed round. Luba has numerous inventive concepts so it’ll be attention-grabbing to see the place he goes.

JJ and Amy 


Shirley says JJ seemed extremely regal and really straight[/caption]

Shirley mentioned: He appears extremely regal, very straight, and appears to be very on prime of it. JJ spoke actually properly and eloquently, and he’s going to present it a very good go.

Ranvir and Giovanni


Ranvir seemed comfy on the dancefloor, says Shirley[/caption]

Shirley mentioned: She was capable of sustain with him and she or he didn’t look nervous. She seemed fairly relaxed and is used to being on TV, as nicely. You may see a few of them have been nervous however she seemed fairly comfy.

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