Even though I’ve done performing I’m just a bit nervous and I don’t want to mess up, I don’t want to fall or miss a step or something.Ashley Roberts
What made you want to take part in Strictly this year?
Well the show is obviously amazing! I’m excited to put on the costumes, get glammed up and become characters. And also to learn a part of dance that I’ve never learned before and just have fun!
How would you rate your dancing?
I do have rhythm which is always a bonus and I think I’ll be able to pick it up well but it’s just really understanding the weight and the movement and the style and having the guy lead is just foreign to me because we did choreographed pieces and what I’ve done in the Dolls was booty popping and I don’t know if there’s booty pops in the Tango!
What are you looking for in a dance partner?
Someone that is focused and is ready to work hard with me but they have to be goofy. I love having fun and I want to take this seriously but we have to have a bit of fun in order to enjoy it. I’m quite goofy!
What will be your biggest challenge during Strictly?
The live telly bit! Even though I’ve done performing I’m just a bit nervous and I don’t want to mess up, I don’t want to fall or miss a step or something. I’ve heard it’s really intense so I think the whole thing is going to be a challenge but I’m up for it.
Have you been given any advice or helpful tips by anyone/previous contestants?
I haven’t told a lot of people! From friends that have done it in the past they’ve all just said how amazing it is, the bond that they have with everybody that’s on their cast, so that’s what I’m really looking forward to. Finding some new friends and having a new group of people to hang out with, that’ll be fun.
Do you think your previous performance experience with The Pussycat Dolls will help with your confidence on the dancefloor?
I think so, in a way. Just understanding the performance side of things, how could it not? It’s just for me about learning something that’s different. I haven’t been on stage in this kind of capacity since the Dolls really and I did some stuff with Saturday Night Takeaway, but not performing performing!