Strictly 2018: Ashley Roberts’ reaction shocks fans as she lands in the dance-off

Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev landed in the bottom two for the third week in a row tonight on Strictly Come Dancing .

Despite bagging a perfect score for her American Smooth, the public failed to vote her through to the final.

The ex-Pussycat Dolls singer , 37, also wowed the judges with her powerful Paso Doble, which she scored 36 for.

And while many viewers could not believe that Ashley had landed in the dance-off yet again, some accused Ashley of "pouting" when it was revealed that she was in the dance-off.

If she does make it through to next week, this will no doubt dent her confidence even more than ever as the backlash appears to continue over her dance background.

Ashley won I’m A Celebrity back in 2012 after charming British viewers with her positive and go-getter attitude.

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However Ashley is reportedly feeling very distressed over the Strictly backlash because it had been the BBC who had approached her about taking part on the show, knowing about her professional dance history.

A source told the Mail On Sunday : "Ashley feels she is not wanted on the show and it is terribly sad for her.

"She is particularly upset because she wasn’t the one who went to the BBC, begging to be signed up for Strictly.

Strictly 2018: Ashley Roberts' reaction shocks fans as she lands in the dance-off

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Strictly 2018: Ashley Roberts' reaction shocks fans as she lands in the dance-off

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"They approached her, knowing full well what she had done in the past. This has been so sad for Ashley. Imagine going to work when people don’t want you there."

Many viewers feel that Ashley has an unfair advantage over novices such as Joe Sugg and Lauren Steadman because of her dance past.

Ashley trained in modern dance, including ballet, tap, modern and lyrical, since she was a child and working professionally as a dancer before joining the pop group.

Strictly 2018: Ashley Roberts' reaction shocks fans as she lands in the dance-off

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Strictly 2018: Ashley Roberts' reaction shocks fans as she lands in the dance-off

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She moved from Arizona to Los Angeles to pursue a dance career, appearing in videos for P!nk, Aaron Carter, Josh Groban and Counting Crows.

The blonde has also been a judge on Dancing On Ice in 2013-2014, as well as served as a guest judge on American TV series Dance Your Ass Off.

When she was first announced as a contestant, Ashley insisted learning ballroom and Latin would be a huge challenge for her: "The ballroom and Latin world is so different in how they carry their bodies, how they transfer their weight, whereas with hip hop and jazz you almost get to come up with the creative movement yourself.

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