Maisie Smith takes steps to keep her parents at a distance during Strictly filming

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That's Strictly close enough! Home alone Maisie Smith takes steps to keep her parents at a distance as they visit her in north London

By Eleanor Sharples Tv & Radio Reporter For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:55 GMT, 6 November 2020 | Updated: 08:46 GMT, 6 November 2020

It takes two to tango – but Strictly star Maisie Smith is living alone for the first time so she can perform on the show.

The 19-year-old, who played Tiffany Butcher on EastEnders, had a catch-up with her parents on Sunday – but made sure they kept their distance.

She chatted to parents Julia and Stephen from the top of steps outside a property she appears to be staying at in north London

Stay away! Strictly Come Dancing star Maisie Smith is living alone for the first time so she can perform on the show, as she was seen waving to her socially distanced parents on Sunday

To ensure the Strictly couples can dance, each pairing has formed a support bubble. The arrangement means one half of the partnership has to live alone, while the other can stay with their family.

Bosses on the BBC show have also introduced regular COVID testing.

Steer clear: The 19-year-old, who played Tiffany Butcher on EastEnders, had a catch-up with her parents Julia and Stephen – but made sure they kept their distance

Maisie has spoken of how she is living alone for the first time and has learned to cook. She and her professional partner Gorka Marquez, 30, finished in first place with their tango in week two.

Maisie managed to follow up on her impressive debut performance, bagging herself a score of 25 points alongside Gorka.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood, who awarded her an 8, said: 'The pivots need to be on the heel, you lost balance and footing right at last minute but I've got to say you're an exceptional dancer! That was full of staccato moments, I loved it.'

Shirley Ballas was also happy with the performance, giving Maisie a nine and saying: 'I thought you were very well poised.. it's week two! Beautiful footwork, you kept postural position very well. You're definitely a force to be reckoned with!'

Wow! Maisie has already impressed with her stellar Strictly routines, earning strong scores for her first two dances (pictured dancing the Samba with Gorka Marquez)

And Motsi Mabuse also flooded the EastEnders star with praise as she said: 'Maisie has the power and more! To do a ballroom dance from the beginning and be in hold almost entirely, that takes it a nudge up. Stay in your level - very well done.'  

Jacqui Smith became the first celebrity to be eliminated from this year's edition of Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday.

During the pre-recorded results show, the politician, 57, faced Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing in this week's dance-off after landing at the bottom of the leaderboard with 25 and 31 points out of 40, respectively.

The broadcaster branded her short stint on the series a 'greatest adventure' and expressed her gratitude towards her professional partner Anton du Beke, who she described as an 'absolute joy to be with.'

Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday at 7:25pm on BBC One.

Hot: Maisie has spoken of how she is living alone for the first time and has learned to cook. She and her professional partner Gorka finished in first place with their tango in week two

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