Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Denise Van Outen backs Kimberley Walsh to win!

Denise Van Outen (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing star Denise Van Outen has said she's backing rival Kimberley Walsh to win!

The pair, who are old pals, are going head to head in this year's series, and so far it's been pretty tight between them.

Kimberley triumphed over Denise in the first live show with an energetic cha cha, but Denise's upbeat Jive won her top spot on the leaderboard last weekend.

But Denise insisted this week that she wasn't that competitive or cared about winning, and hoped that Kimberley and her pro dance partner Pasha Kovalev would lift the glitterball in the final.

She said: "I love Kimberley to bits - we climbed Mount Kilimanjaro together for charity. I want her to win - her and Pasha make a great partnership."

Denise, who is parntered with Strictly pro James Jordan, also admitted she was glad she didn't top the leaderboard in the first week.

She told Reveal magazine: "Some people were saying I would be favourite to win because I've done West end shows, but I was fifth on the leader board."

She added: "I'm relieved that people can see I've really struggled, because I've felt a lot of pressure on me."

However, this weekend saw Denise storm to the top with the biggest score of the series yet of 32 points out of 30.

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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!

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