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Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Ashley Roberts reveals ‘challenging’ time with Pasha Kovalev | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

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The Strictly Come Dancing 2018 star, 37, was partnered up with Pasha Kovalev, 38, on the launch night last Saturday and admitted the intense training has been tough, but “rewarding”.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Ashley Roberts said: “I’m learning a very challenging skill. Like this is no joke, this is serious hard work.

"But its serious in a way that is so benefitting and rewarding because you are learning a skill from professionals that really know what they are doing.

“And, you get to perform and get into all the glitz and glam. I can tell you, in the jungle, there was no glam team… at all.”

Revealing her thoughts on Pasha, who won the show with Caroline Flack, 38, back in 2014, she added: “Pasha, as a teacher is so fantastic.

“And he doesn’t let anything slip. He is not letting me get away with not reaching what he thinks is my best ability and challenging me with that.

“So, he does push his partners in a positive way.”

The ex Pussycat Doll will have the support of her former bandmate Kimberley Wyatt, 36, and other friends during her stint on the BBC show.

She added: “I mean Kimberly is such a close friend of mine and she supports me and all my work and everything. So probably her and my friends!”

Ashley’s ex girl group, fronted by Nicole Scherzinger, were widely known for their chart-topping hits and burlesque-inspired dance moves, but she insists this won’t put her at an advantage against less-experienced dancers in the competition.

She previously told The Daily Mail: “There’s a bit of pressure but the little booty smacks and booty popping I don’t think are allowed in the Latin/Ballroom world.

“I’m nervous to learn everything. It’s just so foreign to what my body has done.

“I do have rhythm so it might be a little bit easier for me to possibly pick up a step.”

Aside from Strictly, the former I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! runner-up is currently the guest judge for the Face of Amazon Pets 2018 competition.

The star is on the hunt for the nation’s cutest pet to front the Amazon.co.uk Pet Supplies Store.

Pet owners nationwide have until midnight tomorrow to enter by sharing their best pet picture or video on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, stating why their pet should win and including the hashtag #AmazonPets.

The winning pet will star in a photoshoot with a specialist pet photographer and receive a £1,500 Amazon Gift Card to spend on toys and treats.

Ashley, a proud dog owner to her pet Cooper, said: “I was honoured to be asked! And, because I love animals!

“I’ve been an animal lover my whole life; I’ve had turtles, horses, dogs, rabbits, all kinds of little creatures and critters throughout my life and they bring so much joy and I just absolutely love them.

“Plus, I probably watch too many dog videos and cat videos on Instagram too, so it just felt like a perfect fit!”

For more information on the Face of Amazon Pets competition, click here

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 continues next Saturday on BBC One.

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