Strictly Come Dancing viewers quickly referred to Ashley Roberts as a “skilled dancer” for her experience in American girl group, The Pussycat Dolls.

But the 37-year-old isn’t the only candidate with professional dance experience, as according to former Steps star Faye Tozer’s resume, she is trained in 12 types of dance.

The 43-year-old former West End performer claims to be proficient in styles such as Bollywood, Salsa, Jazz and Folk, as well as being a well-trained choreographer.

Qualified: Ashley Roberts (R) is not the only candidate with professional dance experience as according to former Steps star Faye (L) 's CV she is trained in 12 types of dance

Qualified: Ashley Roberts (R) is not the only candidate with professional dance experience as according to former Steps star Faye Tozer (L) ‘s CV she is trained in 12 types of dance

On top of that, Faye has performed in numerous stage shows, such as Singin ‘in the Rain, Over the Rainbow, and Tell Me on a Sunday.

Yet while Ashley and her partner Pasha Kovalev have been in the ballroom for two weeks, Faye remains a popular contender.

The public reaction to the former I’m A Celeb campmate has been so scathing that host Tess Daly defended hitmaker Don’t Cha last week.

Dancing Diva: The blonde singer rose to prominence as a fifth in the '90s pop group, whose hits are accompanied by energetic and perfectly choreographed dance routines

Dancing Diva: The blonde singer rose to prominence as a fifth in the ’90s pop group, whose hits are accompanied by energetic and perfectly choreographed dance routines

She has the moves: her varied CV boasts of her experience and ability to perform multiple styles of dance

Talented lady: her CV includes ballet, ballroom, burlesque, salsa and tap dance

She has the moves: her varied CV boasts of her experience and ability to perform multiple styles of dance

Wonder of the West End: Additionally, Faye has performed in numerous stage shows, such as Singin 'in the Rain, Over the Rainbow and Tell Me on a Sunday.

Wonder of the West End: Additionally, Faye has performed in numerous stage shows, such as Singin ‘in the Rain, Over the Rainbow and Tell Me on a Sunday.

“I think I leave her a little slack, she’s an absolute darling and doesn’t deserve this,” the presenter told Metro.co.uk.

She added: “I’m so sorry for Ashley because she was in tears on Sunday night when she was in the bottom two.”

MailOnline has reached out to representatives for Faye for comment.

The BBC show is criticized each year for booking celebrities with extensive dance experience.

Faye's CV: The former West End performer, 43, claims to be proficient in styles such as Bollywood, Salsa, Jazz and Folk, as well as being a well-trained choreographer

Faye’s CV: The former West End performer, 43, claims to be proficient in styles such as Bollywood, Salsa, Jazz and Folk, as well as being a well-trained choreographer

Yearly problem for the BBC show: Last year's contestant, skilled ballet dancer Debbie McGee suffered a backlash over her experience

Yearly problem for the BBC show: Last year’s contestant, skilled ballet dancer Debbie McGee suffered a backlash over her experience

Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac, who attended drama school for three years, and last year’s contestant, qualified ballet dancer, Debbie McGee, both faced backlash over their experience.

But a TV insider previously told The Sun: “Few in the past have had as much professional performance time as Faye.”

When the headlines first appeared on Faye’s obvious advantage, the singer confessed that she could adopt routines more easily than her less experienced rivals.

‘I have an advantage’: When headlines first appeared on Faye’s obvious advantage, the singer admitted she could adopt routines more easily than her rivals

'Trained dancer': When in the final two last week Ashley was saved by the judges, to the frustration of some viewers

‘Trained dancer’: When in the final two last week Ashley was saved by the judges, to the frustration of some viewers

Speaking on Lorraine in October, the mother-of-one, who dances with the very professional Giovanni Pernice, said: “Well, do you know what I have an advantage in getting back into the routine. so glad they took me to the show because it’s my dream.

“Second, the audience will let you know who they want to see. There will always be a few of us who have experience. I am so happy to do it.

Stacey Dooley, who is in partnership with Kevin Clifton, is currently the bookies favorite to lift the sparkle ball trophy.

The winner?  Stacey Dooley, who is in partnership with Kevin Clifton, is currently the bookies favorite to lift the sparkle ball trophy

The winner? Stacey Dooley, who is in partnership with Kevin Clifton, is currently the bookies favorite to lift the sparkle ball trophy


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