Ashley Roberts fears Strictly Come Dancing backlash may spell her exit

Former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts fears that the Strictly Come Dancing audience have turned against her over her professional dance background, according to a show insider.

The singer, who has also appeared in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and The Jump as well as serving as a judge for two series of Dancing On Ice, is said to be "worried a public backlash will see her exit the competition despite being an early favourite to win.

“Ashley was incredibly shaken to be in the bottom two and was upset her popularity had gone after failing to secure public votes.”

Ashley Roberts fears Strictly Come Dancing backlash may spell her exit

Ashley’s popularity among the viewers appears to have dropped in recent weeks
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The un-named source, speaking to The Sun, claimed that some of the other celebrities had described her poor placing in the public vote as “justice being served.”

“Some of the celebrities feel Ashley has an unfair advantage and it’s about time the public were reminded of that.”

“They feel she has sailed through the competition on an uneven playing field.

“The knives are out. Instead of consoling her, the professionals and celebrities celebrated this coming to light and affecting the voting this way.”

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Ashley and Pasha appeared on TV to argue against the ‘too professional’ accusations
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Ashley has previously defended her position on the show, insisting that the style of dancing she specialise din with the Pussycat Dolls has no bearing on the more formal styles seen in Strictly.

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, she said : "With the Pussycat Dolls it was a lot of booty pop, hip-hop dancing stuff which was over ten years ago.

"But [this] is such a different style of dance, I mean, the way that they transfer the weight and from the ankles to the knees to the shoulders.

Ashley Roberts fears Strictly Come Dancing backlash may spell her exit

Ashley found herself in the bottom two this week
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"It’s so elegant and classy, and so precise. I mean, listen, I did have this dance experience but I am learning and I’m in the studio every week with Pash giving it my all."

Last year’s Strictly winner, Joe Mcfadden, has also weighed in on the debate, saying “I think it’s a British thing that you like to see people sweating. You like to see them working at maximum effort,

“It’s different in America, when the best dancer wins Dancing With The Stars – Nicole Scherzinger won it there.”

Average odds across British bookies currently put Ashley 12/1 fourth favourite to win, and 7/1 to be the next to exit the competition.

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