After rehearsals for the Strictly Come Dancing tour, Maisie Smith smokes with John Whaite and Jake Leigh.

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After rehearsals for the Strictly Come Dancing tour, Maisie Smith smokes with John Whaite and Jake Leigh.

During Strictly Come Dancing Tour rehearsals in London on Friday, Maisie Smith was joined by Jake Leigh and John Whaite for a late-night cigarette break.

As she sat outside a hotel with the Great British Bake Off winner, 32, and the professional dancer – who does not appear on the BBC One show – the former EastEnders star, 20, couldn’t stop laughing.

She wore a grey zip-up sweater with a matching pair of joggers and her signature pink fluffy slippers.

Her male companions were dressed in black jackets and appeared to be deep in conversation with the actress as they wrapped up in the chilly January weather.

It was the fifth and final day of practice before hitting Utilita Arena Birmingham on Thursday, after a grueling week of preparation for the arena shows.

For the upcoming shows, Maisie will be partnered with ballroom pro Kai Widdrington.

Due to an ongoing foot injury, AJ Odudu was forced to withdraw from the tour and was replaced by Maisie, a 2020 contestant, who was confirmed last week.

After suffering ligament damage to her ankle during training with her professional partner Kai, the TV presenter, 33, had to withdraw from the BBC show’s grand final in December.

From the 2021 series, she will be joined by John and Johannes Radebe, Rose Ayling-Ellis, and Giovanni Pernice.

Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec, Tilly and Nikita Kuzmin, and Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu are among the other dance couples on the bill for this year’s show.

Amy Dowden, Neil Jones, Luba Mushtuk, and Jowita Przystal, professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing, will also perform with the couples in over 33 sequin-strewn shows.

Janette Manrara will host the tour after taking over as host of It Takes Two this year from Zoe Ball.

Meanwhile, Craig Revel Horwood will choreograph and direct the show, promising an evening of glitz and glam for the audience.

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