Victoria Pendleton says Strictly Come Dancing is 'stripping her of her dignity'

Victoria Pendleton (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing star Victoria Pendleton has claimed the show is stripping her of her dignity.

The Olympian told the Radio Times this week that she's still haunted by her first live performance earlier this month.

Victoria forgot the steps to her cha cha with pro partner Brendan Cole, landing bottom of the leaderboard and in tears on the dancefloor.

“Strictly is slowly stripping me of all of my dignity!" the cyclist tells the magazine. “I left all of my pride in tatters on the dance floor after my first performance.

“The ironic thing was that I wasn’t nervous, I wasn’t worried and I felt prepared beforehand … I have never experienced that feeling of helplessness before.”

Fortunately Victoria managed to get back on her bike for the weekend's second live show with a Foxtrot.

"I felt so much more comfortable with the foxtrot — my legs were bent and felt more natural, and it was slower so I had more time to think, which is obviously something I need," she said.

Vicky added: “I’m never going to be the world’s best dancer, but I was determined to go back out there and prove that I can get through a routine.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 continues this weekend with the third live show. Johnny Ball became the first celeb to be eliminated last Sunday, and this Sunday will see another star get the axe!

Browse pictures of last week's Strictly performances below...

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