Strictly Come Dancing star Denise Van Outen has hit out at Chris Evans, who claimed she should be disqualified.
The Radio 2 DJ suggested this week that former West End performer Denise had too much of an advantage over her fellow contestants.
But hitting back, Denise said: “Chris Evans is speaking completely out of turn, and also I don’t really know why he has chosen to pick on me because there are other contestants who have similar experience. I think it’s harsh, and a bit rude really. Kimberley’s just done Shrek in the West End and she’s in a girl band who dance.
“I just think it’s really harsh to suggest that I should be dumped from the show. If he’d watched it he would know that several past competitors have been in exactly the same position as me.
“Tom Chambers danced before, Kelly Brook went to stage school, Emma Bunton went to the same stage school as me, Lisa Snowdon trained as a dancer.”
In an interview with the Daily Mirror however, Denise admitted the pressure was on with her experience.
She told the newspaper: “I feel a lot of pressure because I know people are saying they expect me to do quite well. I was chatting to Victoria Pendleton about it, and she explained that she had that kind of feeling all the time during her cycling career, constant expectation.
“But I’ve come into this show to learn a new skill, to have a really brilliant laugh with my dance partner and the rest of the team, and to just see what happens – I’m not going to beat myself up over it. It’s basically entertainment, a bit of fun.
“If I go far I will start to get competitive, it’s just the way people are and we’ve already been warned. But we’ve got athletes among us, they’re machines, they can really go for it – Victoria’s going for gold and Louis Smith is so strong.”
Strictly Come Dancing 2012 is back on BBC One tonight from 6.30PM.