STRICTLY Come Dancing fans reckon Maisie Smith wound up in the dance-off for a second week running because she's "too confident".
The 19-year-old EastEnders actress was in the bottom two again this week – despite coming second on the leaderboard on judges' scores.
The turnabout in fortunes left many viewers, who have been impressed by her talent, scratching their heads.
One viewer felt she had been harshly treated, tweeting: "The UK hates confident women confirmed."
Another wrote: " It just proves my point that UK audiences don’t like confident young women."
Maisie, who is partnered with Gorka Marquez, was saved by judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, and Anton Du Beke.
Their decision meant that actress Caroline Quentin was sent home alongside her partner Johannes Radebe.
Maisie, who has been training flat-out between filming EastEnders, got glowing reviews from the judges.
The star has spoken about her fear of being thought of as arrogant – saying it's simply her nerves showing.
She told OK! magazine: "People have said they can't warm to me on Strictly, but I'm so nervous and that can be interpreted as arrogance.
"I'll either go quiet, or I'll go over the top to put on a confident front.
"It's hard to not let it affect you. I do have to genuinely remind myself to just trust myself. And be me."
Many fans have come out in support of Maisie, with one writing: "
"Think I’m coming across as a Maisie stan but I’m just sick of people saying she’s 'cocky' or 'arrogant'.
"No one would say this if she was older or a guy, people just can’t stand seeing a talented, confidant young woman and it’s awful to see."
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