Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Ashley Roberts fights back after second dance off

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Strictly Come Dancing's Ashley Roberts says that being in the dance off is a 'gift'.

It was Charles Venn who became the unlucky star to miss out on the semi-final in Sunday night's Strictly results to leave us with the final five celebrity contestants.

Ashley was in the dance off for a second week running and has taken to social media to react.

She wrote in a long post on Instagram: "When I got asked to do Strictly, I remember my heart feeling like it was going to burst. I was so excited and soooo unbelievably grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing show.

"This has been a very turbulent year for me, and so being a part of Strictly has been healing on many levels. I often find it hard to be vulnerable and share my highs and lows, as I’ve always learned how to keep going, chin up and stay on my game."

Ashley went on: "Strictly has given me the opportunity to learn so many new things, to challenge myself constantly, to keep showing up again and again, and to be able to perform again is such a GIFT.

"And I understand I have to keep proving myself, and upping my game each week. And being in the dance-off twice now is only helping me realise how much I want to be here. it’s been a dream to perform again!!!"

She added: "The other contestants are incredible, and the standard of dancing is so very high!! I’m blessed with another week, so I’ll keep coming back and giving it my all for as long as I get to be here. To all of you have supported Pash and I, I can’t thank you enough!!! It means the most to me/us!!! Here’s to another week. Love you loads, Ash."

Alongside Ashley, those left on the Strictly 2018 line up this year are vlogger Joe Sugg, Paralympian Lauren Steadman, BBC documentary maker Stacey Dooley and Steps star Faye Tozer.

The remaining five couples in the competition will return this weekend where, for the first time this series, they will each be performing two dances in the hope of reaching the Grand Final on Saturday 15th of December.

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