Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Denise Van Outen "upset" by criticism

Denise Van Outen (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing's Denise Van Outen has said she's been left "upset" by criticism from the likes of Chris Evans.

Some Strictly fans, such as Radio 2 DJ Chris, have accused Denise of being in the competition as "unfair", given her previous dance experience.

Denise is one of fourteen stars in this year's line up, made up of mostly amateurs.

But both she and Kimberley Walsh have professional training, having performed on the West End.

However Denise has hit back at her critics, insisting that her various roles on stage haven't given her any advantage in the ballroom.

She said: "I have to say that I was quite upset at the criticism that I've come under from the press about my involvement with the show due to my previous dance experience.

"I would like to take this opportunity to express that I have danced at theatre school as part of my training, and I did appear in the musical Chicago where I had one dance number, but apart from that, my dance experience is very basic, and secondly, I am not the only competitor that has appeared in the show that has had basic training.

Denise also explained how much effort went into protecting her appearance in the series from being revealed before the launch night.

She said: "The lengths that I've had to go to, to keep it secret were unbelievable. With any correspondence in regards to the show such as emails and meetings, I was never allowed to mention the word 'Strictly'. I always had to refer to my new job as 'legal', which was also my code name for the show."

The Strictly Come Dancing live shows start on October 5 on BBC One.

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