Ashley Roberts hits back at Strictly Come Dancing critics over 'professional' dance past

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Ashley Roberts has hit back at her critics on Strictly Come Dancing.

Singer Ashley has topped the scoreboard repeatedly, but some viewers have claimed she's already a 'professional' dancer.

Ashley is best known as part of girl group the Pussycat Dolls and their hits Don't Cha and I Don't Need A Man. She's also previously appeared on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and was a judge on Dancing On Ice.

Speaking on ITV's This Morning today with pro partner Pasha Kovalev, Ashley said: "Well, with the PCD it was dancing, which was over ten years ago, I think the discipline and getting in there, and get focused... [was similar].

"But it's such a different style of dance, the way they transfer their weight, the way they move is so elegant and classy and precise."

She added: "I did have this dance experience, but I am learning in the studio, every week giving it my all, getting focused and just giving it the best experience that we can."

Ashley is one of seven couples left in the contest as things stand. Joining her are Charles Venn & Karen Clifton, Faye Tozer & Giovanni Pernice, Graeme Swann & Oti Mabuse and Joe Sugg & Dianne Buswell, Lauren Steadman & AJ Pritchard and Stacey Dooley & Kevin Clifton.

Although Ashley has topped the leaderboard - scoring the first perfect 40 last week - it's underdogs Joe and Stacey who are currently battling for favouritism.

Aoife Heffron, Spokesperson for bookies BoyleSports commented: “Just two weeks ago we thought Stacey Dooley had the Glitterball hook, line and sinker, but with just a month to go until the finals, Joe Sugg has taken over as the new favourite.

"Fresh support came in for Joe off the back of his Samba last week seeing his odds cut to 12/5 from 7/2, but his Quickstep has put him out in front as further support made him 6/4 and the largest liability in the book.”

Strictly is back this Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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