Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Denise Van Outen feeling pressure of being a favourite

Denise Van Outen (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing star Denise Van Outen has said she's feeling the pressure of being one of the favourites.

The West End star, along with Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh and Olympian Louis Smith, have all been tipped to make the final in December.

"It is a lot of pressure, but I'm trying not to think about it," Denise told What's On TV this week. "This is something I've never done before so I just want to have a good time and learn a new skill."

However despite being tagged as a favourite, Denise didn't seem to hit all the right moves on Friday night's opening show.

Despite getting the best score of her night, Denise was beaten in the overall leaderboard by four other dancers.

But she insisted that the negative comments from the judges only spurred her on.

She said: "I'm not too worried about it because when I've done shows, I've been reviewed - and I've had some terrible reviews!

"You just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and do a better job the next week."

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 continues this Saturday night on BBC One, with all of the celebs performing their second dance. The first results show will follow on Sunday, with one celeb getting the boot!

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