Strictly Come Dancing is back! The BBC has revealed that Ashley Roberts will be stepping out on the dancefloor this year – we get to know her a little better.
Revealed as a Strictly contestant: Ashley Roberts was announced as one of the contestants for Strictly 2018 during Chris Evans’ breakfast show on BBC Radio 2, on Friday, August 17.
Occupation: Singer, dancer and TV presenter
🎵 When I grow up I wanna be famous, I wanna be a star, I wanna be on #Strictly 🎵 - what Ashley Roberts was (probably) singing before joining our 2018 line-up, right @ImAshleyRoberts? 😉https://t.co/wWTO1H0ytY pic.twitter.com/ZHvS5TVWB7— BBC Strictly✨ (@bbcstrictly) August 17, 2018
Best known for: Ashley shot to fame as one of The Pussycat Dolls, a dance group that went on to release music and which featured Nicole Scherzinger.
Her hit singles with the group included Don’t Cha, Buttons, When I Grow Up, and Jai Ho!, before she left to pursue a solo career in 2010.
Since then, Ashley has become a huge star in the UK by taking part in reality series I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and The Jump.
Ashley also judged two series of Dancing on Ice and spent three years co-presenting Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
With her background in The Pussycat Dolls, it's no surprise that Ashley has turned out to be the strongest performer of the series, but there has been a backlash from fans who complain that the competition is completely unfair on everyone else.
However, the judges sing her praises week after week and when Strictly visited Blackpool, Ashley scored the first full-marks 40 of the series for her Jive.
Strictly partner: Pasha Kovalev
Weekly dances and scores:
Week 2 - Cha Cha to Boogie Wonderand by Earth Wind and Fire - 32
Week 3 - Salsa to Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing - 35
Week 4 - Tango to Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift - 32
Week 5 - Rumba to Something About the Way You Look Tonight by Elton John - 36
Week 6 - Charleston to Witch Doctor by Don Lang - 39
Week 7 - Foxtrot to Orange Coloured Sky by Natalie Cole - 39
Week 8 - Couple's Choice: Contemporary to Unsteady by Erich Lee - 39
Week 9 - Jive to Shake Ya Tail Feather from The Blues Brothers - 40
Week 10 - Samba to Hot Hot Hot by Arrow - 36, Lindy Hop-a-thon - 7 (out of 7), combined total - 43
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