Denise hits out at Strictly jibes

Basildon Recorder: Denise Van Outen and her Strictly Come Dancing partner James Jordan Denise Van Outen and her Strictly Come Dancing partner James Jordan

BASILDON’s Denise Van Outen has hit back at claims she’s too skilled for Strictly Come Dancing and insists her past dance experience will not give her an unfair advantage in this year’s competition.

The 38-year-old presenter turned West End star, has been criticised for already having learnt how to dance in her stints in Legally Blonde and Chicago.

But Denise, who was partnered with James Jordan during Saturday’s Strictly launch show, insists she is in no better position than other professional performers in the line-up this year.

Responing to calls for her to be booted off the show, including one from BBC2 radio DJ Chris Evans, she said: “I don’t really know why he has chosen to pick on me because there are other contestants who have similar experience.

“I think it’s harsh, and a bit rude really. Kimberley Walsh has just done Shrek in the West End and she’s in a girl band who dance.”

She added: “I’m coming into this just like everybody else, because I want to learn a new skill. This is something I’ve never done before.

“The dancing is so completely different to what I’ve done before. I’ve only ever done one show I’ve ever danced in, and that was Chicago and I did one number in that 11 years ago.”

Denise, married to Lee Mead who grew up in Southend, has wasted no time engaging her dance partner in some friendly banter.

The former Big Breakfast presenter has promised the pair will be up to nuisance on the show, saying: “We’ll get told off because we're both mischievous. I’m a right show-off and I’ll get carried away. We’ll have a lot of fun.”

The couple – already nicknamed “Vanjam” now have three weeks to train together before the main series begins on Friday, October 5 – kicking off with a double bill of shows which will see all 14 couples perform for the first time.

Denise’s friends from reality show the Only Way is Essex, which she narrates, have been bombarding Twitter with message of support.

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2:23pm Fri 21 Sep 12

APR says...

Does anyone really care what she thinks ?

I watched about 5 minutes of this programme, that was more than enough.
Does anyone really care what she thinks ? I watched about 5 minutes of this programme, that was more than enough. APR
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4:04pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Rich;Carol says...

Met her twice, didnt like her 1st time and the 2nd time I disliked her even more. Not a nice lady and very false.
Met her twice, didnt like her 1st time and the 2nd time I disliked her even more. Not a nice lady and very false. Rich;Carol
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5:14pm Fri 21 Sep 12

HBroom says...

Rich;Carol wrote:
Met her twice, didnt like her 1st time and the 2nd time I disliked her even more. Not a nice lady and very false.
I'm sure the feeling was mutual
[quote][p][bold]Rich;Carol[/bold] wrote: Met her twice, didnt like her 1st time and the 2nd time I disliked her even more. Not a nice lady and very false.[/p][/quote]I'm sure the feeling was mutual HBroom
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5:20pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Eric Whim says...

Chris Evans? What's it got to do with the ginger to55er?

He must want to be on the show but they don't want the geeky tw@t - jealousy.....
Chris Evans? What's it got to do with the ginger to55er? He must want to be on the show but they don't want the geeky tw@t - jealousy..... Eric Whim
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5:27pm Fri 21 Sep 12

firedog says...

Yawn.Yawn.Yawn.Who gives a monkeys,get a life.
Yawn.Yawn.Yawn.Who gives a monkeys,get a life. firedog
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7:56pm Fri 21 Sep 12

rich*carol says...

HBroom wrote:
Rich;Carol wrote:
Met her twice, didnt like her 1st time and the 2nd time I disliked her even more. Not a nice lady and very false.
I'm sure the feeling was mutual
We was at a charity fundraising evening and she was very flash, loud , drunk with you know who I am attitude. She had a 4 course meal FREE) and upset people on her table. just before the auction started she left so it wasv a cheap night out for her. I stayed and spent £200 that went to the hospice at St Lukes. Ok it wasnt no fortune but I made the effort. I dont care if she didnt like me because I an everyone see her in the gtrue light. You wasnt there so how can you make such a silly comment that she didnt like me ? Strange comment you made. !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]HBroom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rich;Carol[/bold] wrote: Met her twice, didnt like her 1st time and the 2nd time I disliked her even more. Not a nice lady and very false.[/p][/quote]I'm sure the feeling was mutual[/p][/quote]We was at a charity fundraising evening and she was very flash, loud , drunk with you know who I am attitude. She had a 4 course meal FREE) and upset people on her table. just before the auction started she left so it wasv a cheap night out for her. I stayed and spent £200 that went to the hospice at St Lukes. Ok it wasnt no fortune but I made the effort. I dont care if she didnt like me because I an everyone see her in the gtrue light. You wasnt there so how can you make such a silly comment that she didnt like me ? Strange comment you made. !!!!! rich*carol
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