Maisie Smith added to Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour at Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, replacing AJ Odudu
Former Strictly Come Dancing finalist Maisie Smith has joined the line-up for the upcoming live tour.
She will dance with professional Kai Widdrington as a replacement for AJ Odudu who has had to withdraw from the tour on medical advice following an injury to her foot that caused her to pull out of the final.
The tour features many of the celebrities from the latest series, including champion Rose Ayling-Ellis and dancing with Giovanni Pernice.
It comes to the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, on February 9 and 10.
Former EastEnders star Maisie, who was a finalist in the 2020 series, said: “I’m thrilled to be asked to restart my Strictly journey on this year’s arena tour. Kai and I will be dancing the quickstep and the samba – I can’t wait for rehearsals to start.
“It will be a joy to dance with everyone and so great to see my EastEnders friend Rose again. I wish AJ a speedy recovery.”
AJ Odudu said: “I’m devastated not to be able to take part in the Strictly tour due to injury. I had hoped for one last dance with Kai, but I must obviously follow the medical advice. I wish my Strictly family the very best of luck on the road and I’ll definitely be there to cheer them on.”
Maisie and Kai will join Sara Davies and Aljaž Skorjanec, Tilly Ramsay and Nikita Kuzmin, Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu, John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, and Max George and Katya Jones.
As well as the couples’ dances, fans will have the chance to see some breathtaking group performances throughout the show with professional dancers Nadiya Bychkova, Amy Dowden, Neil Jones, Jake Leigh, Cameron Lombard, Luba Mushtuk and Jowita Przystal.
Watching over proceedings will be judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.