The former Pussycat Doll was accused of having too much dance experience when she signed up for the dancing programme. However she defended her position in the competition saying she did not have any experience in ballroom dancing, as modern dance was her specialty. She told BBC Radio 2’s Christ Evans: “I miss performing and I’m excited to learn a new style of dance.
“The latin and ballroom world is foreign to me.”
But she did acknowledge in a BBC News interview: “I do have rhythm so it might be a little bit easier for me to possibly pick up a step, but it is still a new skill that I don’t know that I am going to have to learn.”
How much is Ashley Roberts paid?
According to the Sun each celebrity is given a standard £25,000 feed for signing up which rises to £40,000 at the end of October.
For those contestants who make it to the Quarter Finals enjoy £60,000 which climbs to £75,000 if they make it to semi-finals.
As Ashley has made it through to the semi-finals she has guaranteed herself as £75,000 paycheck.
If she wins Strictly she will be paid £100,000.
And if she takes part in the live tour, which takes place in the Spring the year after the series finishes the celebs can make even more cash.
The semi-finals of Strictly take place this weekend and each semi-finalist will perform two dances.
Ashley is joined by Stacey Dooley, Faye Tozer, Joe Sugg and Lauren Steadman.
Ashley and professional partner Pasha Kovelev will be dancing a Paco Double to Florence and the Machine’s Spectrum (Say My Name).
They will also take on the American Smooth to classic Dean Martin track ‘Ain’t That a Kick in The Head.’
Who is Ashley Roberts?
The 36-year-old was born in Arizona and has been dancing since the age of three and singing since the age of eight.
After high school, she moved permanently to Los Angeles where she appeared in television commercials and music videos.
Within six months of her move to LA in 2003, she auditioned for the Pussycat Dolls who were at the time an underground modern burlesque troupe.
But the dance troupe evolved into a pop group, with Nicole Scherzinger dominating the vocals in the group.
In 2010, she confirmed her departure from the Pussycat Dolls and had a solo career before turning to British reality TV.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday on BBC One at 6.35pm.