Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Denise Van Outen blasts critics!

Denise Van Outen (Strictly Come Dancing)

Denise Van Outen has hit back at Strictly Come Dancing 2012 critics again today, ahead of the weekend's semi-final.

Denise was in the bottom two last weekend, and claimed that people thinking she's a professional dancer may be hurting her chances on the show.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow night's double semi final performances, Denise defended herself: "Dani Harmer went to stage school. She is half my age so attended more recently. Lisa Riley went to theatre school, so did Kimberley Walsh. And Fern Britton did the Strictly Christmas Special before doing the show."

She explained: "I went to a dance school when I was a child to do ballet, tap and modern, but I haven’t danced since then. I have never partner-danced in my life. It is a rule on Strictly that you are not allowed to take part if you have had any previous Latin or ballroom lessons. They are very strict about that."

And Denise insisted that her West End performances haven't given her any advantage in the ballroom over the four remaining couples.

The singer told the Daily Mail: "As for people who think I danced all the way through Chicago, well, if they had seen the show, they’d know I played Roxie Hart, who doesn’t have the dancing part, she just does one number at the end with a hat and cane. Because I have done West End shows people think of me as being an all-singing, all-dancing, all-round entertainer.

"But Tell Me On A Sunday, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show, is all song. In Rent I didn’t dance, and there was no dancing in Legally Blonde. So I do feel it is a little bit unfair. What I do on a Saturday night is a result of putting in so many hours of training."

And Denise thanked pro partner James Jordan for sticking up for her as well.

She told the newspaper today: "James [Jordan], my professional dance partner, always sticks up for me because he knows I really do struggle with it. It’s just that I won’t give up until I get it right. It’s so technical I find it hard to pick up. I end up treading on James’s toes and getting my arms all twisted."

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Strictly Come Dancing continues this weekend with the semi-finals on Saturday 15th December at 6.30pm with the results show on Sunday 16th December at 7.30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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