Strictly’s Ashley Roberts defends her dancing experience after being in the dance off

“Latin and ballroom were not at all in my world - it is new to me, I am learning,” says the former Pussycat Dolls singer

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Strictly contestant Ashley Roberts has defended her dancing experience after a lack of public votes saw her in the dance off for the first time last Saturday.

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“When I was in the Pussycat Dolls I did study jazz and pop, but Latin and ballroom were not at all in my world,” she told RadioTimes.com.

“It is new to me, I am learning. I’m working with Pasha to try to understand the mechanics and how they move their bodies,” she added.

“And again, I got asked to be here and I’m so grateful to be here, I really, really am so I just go out there, do my best, show people I’m passionate to be here. The rest is out of my hands.”

A lack of public votes saw Roberts and her professional partner Pasha Kovalev in the bottom two last Saturday night despite scoring an impressive 36 points.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2018 continues on Saturday 1st December at 9.05pm on BBC1