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Strictly’s Maisie Smith impresses pro partner Gorka Marquez as she refuses to stop training for a lunch break

MAISIE Smith has pulled out all the stops to impress her professional dance partner Gorka Marquez after she skipped her lunch break to keep training.

The 19-year-old actress proved she means business when it comes to the dancefloor and is determined to put in the extra hours to nail her dance moves.

Her professional dance partner Gorka is already singing her praises calling her a "good student" after he was blown away by her commitment.

Taking to social media, Gorka shared a clip of Maisie practising her dance moves.

He said: "Rehersal day we are on lunch break well we were on lunch break - she's been practising the whole lunch break.

"I don't know if I need to do another lunch break or just crack on.

"She's been there for the last 45 minutes - great student."

Maisie is already favourite to win the show and with this kind of dedication it's easy to see why.

Bookies’ favourite Maisie won the Children in Need special last year and looked assured in Saturday night’s launch episode.

But Shirley, 60, says Maisie has a long way to go to get her hands on the trophy, while an outsider like Bill Bailey, 55, should not be underestimated.

She said: “I know she won the special but if I was Maisie I wouldn’t take anything for granted because doing one dance is not like doing ten weeks.

You’ve got to be there and you’ve got to be full on and you’ve got to go the whole nine yards.

“You could see the competitive spirit, you could feel it. These people all look like they were at the starting block, ready to move forward.”

Maisie has been given odds as short as 2/1 to win with partner Gorka Marquez.

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