Strictly’s Maisie Smith cuddles up with partner Kai Widdrington as they go for dinner between rehearsals ahead of tour

EX EastEnder Maisie Smith cuddled up with Strictly Come Dancing pro Kai Widdrington as they headed for dinner in between rehearsals.

The 20-year-old was announced as a last minute replacement for AJ Odudu in the upcoming tour and seems to have built a great relationship with Kai, 26, already.

Maisie Smith and Kai Widdrington hugged after dinner

The dancer has stepped in to replace AJ at the last minute

AJ – who was romantically linked to Kai throughout the series – was forced to pull out after a nasty ankle injury.

Masie, who placed second in the competition the year before, was more than happy to fill her shows and has been hard at work over the last week.

But she took a break tonight for a bite to eat and was seen chatting away to Kai before heading home.

The star was dressed down in a tracksuit, wearing a Strictly T-shirt featuring former contestant Jamie Laing.

Maisie – who quit playing Tiffany Butcher last year alongside Gorka Marquez – announced she was taking part this month.

She told fans:  “So excited to be a part of the @bbcstrictly team again on this years arena tour – dancing with the wonderful @kaiwidd I wish @ajodudu a speedy recovery .”

While a gutted AJ 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.”

It’s been painful end to AJ’s Strictly journey after ligament damage forced her out of the final with just a day’s notice.

When AJ and Kai weren’t wowing on the dance floor they were setting tongues wagging with their electric chemistry.

Maisie laughed away in between rehearsals

Maisie and Kai have been hard at work this week

Maisie is excited to be on the tour

Kai was romantically linked to AJ who was forced to pull out of the final with an injury