Strictly's Maisie Smith fits in last-minute tango rehearsals as she shares behind the scenes snap in pink tutu skirt

Strictly's Maisie Smith pushed her body to its limit as she rehearsed for this week's competition.

Maisie, 19, looked exhausted as she worked up the strength to continue practicing the tango alongside professional partner, Gorka Marquez.

Gorka, 30, shared a behind the scenes video of the pair preparing for the second with of competition as Maisie complained "I can't even walk".

Maisie crouched to the ground in the video shared to Gorka's Instagram as she psychs herself up to keep dancing.

She eventually stands up and looks over to Gorka telling how much pain she's in before ordering, "come on, let's go".

Gorka also posted a series of photos of them practicing the tango with Maisie wearing a purple t-shirt and pink tulle skirt.

He captioned the pic: "Last day of rehearsals for the Tango before tomorrow first camera block."

"Excited to show you guys this week routine and how hard @maisiesmithofficial is been working! 👏🏻 LETS GO TANGOOOOO!!!"

The mood improved after rehearsals as the pair enjoyed a light hearted rideto the BBC studios for It Takes Two – the show offering all the goss from Strictly.

Maisie and Gorka joking sung the song It Takes Two as the EastEnders star hit a note, that he said was off pitch.

"Ok, you do better," Maisie quipped as Gorka butchered the song jokingly saying, "not just a great dancer".

Not one to waste precious practice time, they hit the floorboards again after recording It Takes Two.

Maisie admitted she was finally happy with the routine even though "it took a bit of time".

As she went to leave, the teen accidentally gave Gorka a happy, but painful slap, apologising as she laughed, "I'm too excited".

She also put on a happy face as she drove home and couldn't stop grinning at the wheel of her motor that she decked out in animal print car seat covers and fluffy dice.

The star was glowing as she drove off – clearly confident that she'd nailed her second dance.

Maisie has been busy preparing for another Strictly performance after coming runner up on the leaderboard behind pop star HRVY last week.

She scored an impressive total of 24 for her week one dance with professional dancer Gorka.

Last week viewers couldn't keep their eyes off Maisie's bottom throughout her Samba last weekend.

All three judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabusi – gave the pair a score of eight.

But Maisie faces a distraction from dance after she and fellow hopeful HRVY shared a string of flirty messages online.

It's believed the soap actress is already being watched over by Strictly execs who want to ensure stars keep to social distancing.

A source told The Sun: "Maisie and Hrvy are being monitored by the producers after it’s become clear their connection could easily lead into a Strictly romance.

"They’re both young, single and hot and the thought is that the two of them could bring the other cast into risk if they break the guidelines and get closer.

"They have both been told, as have the rest of the cast, that kissing is off limits. Usually the Strictly cast are very tactile. Not in 2020. The cast have secretly named bosses the ‘passion patrol’."

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