Strictly’s Maisie Smith defended by Rylan after ‘overconfident’ backlash

Strictly Come Dancing star Maisie Smith may have been accused of being "too confident" by some BBC viewers, who said this could have been the reason she ended up in the bottom two with Max George – but the talented teen can count on Rylan Clark-Neal to have her back.

The It Takes Two host was keen to defend the EastEnders actress, who plays Tiffany Butcher in the soap – reminding Daily Star readers she is only 19 and is an amazing dancer.

Speaking ahead of his new campaign with Play-Doh, which will see him host a Festive mix-along live stream on their Facebook page next month, Rylan said: "People forget Maisie is 19 and she's on Strictly Come Dancing living her best life.

"She is a fantastic dancer and I think a lot of people get confused with confidence and arrogance.

"If you go on the show and you're really nervous it will effect your performance."

Maisie took to social media earlier this week to insist she isn't confident and is plagued with insecurities.

She said: "The pressure gets to me… when I'm nervous I have this serious expression so people think I'm overconfident."

Former X Factor contestant Rylan added: "I think it is gutting she has been in the bottom two."

Away from the glittering lights of Strictly, Rylan's campaign with iconic kids’ brand Play-Doh sees him join a panel of pre-school "colour-mixing experts" to identify "Nemesis Grey" as the Colour of The Year for 2021.

In a tongue-in-cheek clip the big kid can be seen chatting with with youngsters about how they picked the colour as a stand out.

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"They weren't showbiz kids who turned it on and off, they were just normal kids playing with Play-Doh and I was happy to join in," Rylan said.

"A few takes we did stop and have a few dances and then got back to mixing up the Play-Doh.

"I am not ashamed to say I walked out with a lot of Play-Doh under my arms, even if we don't admit it adults secretly love it too."

The former Big Brother star added: "I think especially for the kids something like the Festive mix-along is great.

"Because yes, they can still go to school but kids aren't silly, if anything they are more switched on that us half the time – they don't miss a trick,

"They are aware life isn't normal right now so live stream and being arty is really important.

"I swear to God I think it is also important for adults, it is just really fun – it just make you feel good."

Play-Doh Presents: Festive mix-along with Rylan Clark-Neal on Sunday December 13 at 10am on the Play-Doh Facebook page.

  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • Maisie Smith

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