Maisie Smith is being touted as the ‘next Dua Lipa’ with reports that record labels are ‘desperate’ to sign the actress in hopes of launching her music career. 

The 19-year-old wowed audiences on Strictly Come Dancing last series and it’s claimed she is set to leave EastEnders when her contract ends later this year. 

Now insiders say Maisie could be set to become a pop star and is a hot favourite among record labels. 

A source told The Sun: ‘Maisie can sing, dance and act — she’s a triple threat.

‘A couple of major record labels are desperate to sign her as they think she could be hugely successful.’ 

They added: ‘She could be the next Dua Lipa or Rita Ora, appearing in films alongside performing — the world really is her oyster. Her voice is impressive and she has a huge range. 

‘Maisie is really versatile and has already amassed a huge fanbase. She’s also got a feisty, fun personality, which makes her stand out.’ 

Earlier this month, insiders claimed Maisie has decided to quit EastEnders after 13 years of playing Tiffany Butcher. 

The source told Mail Online: ‘Maisie is hugely ambitious and wants to test herself away from soaps. 

‘Starring in movies is a personal goal and seeing how well Ben and Himesh have done, it’s given her hope she could be the next box office star from EastEnders. 

‘The only stumbling block is whether Covid-19 and the knock-on effect of the pandemic will dilute the pool of acting opportunities.’ 

They added: ‘If it remains bleak, the sensible move might be staying put for another year. But the intention is to leave in October.’ 

Maisie finished in second place on last year’s Strictly Come Dancing after missing out to Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse. 

She’s rumoured to have struck up a romance with HRVY, her fellow contestant, with sources alleging the pair recently shared their first kiss. 

Metro.co.uk has contacted Maisie’s reps for comment.

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