Ashley Roberts and Faye Tozer's Strictly Come Dancing advantage is 'unfair' says Debbie McGee

Performer Debbie, 60, who appeared on the BBC ballroom competition last year, trained as a ballerina at the Royal Ballet School and worked as a dancer at the start of her career.

But the star, who is the widow of late magician Paul Daniels, was criticised for making it through to final with her professional series partner Giovanni Pernice, 28, because of her past experience.

Both former Pussycat Doll Ashley, 37, and ex Steps star Faye, 43, have come under fire from Strictly viewers thanks to their movement experience during their pop group days.

But Debbie insists this is unfair, saying on the Telegraph’s Talking Strictly Podcast: “It’s part of the programme, perhaps it makes it more interesting.

“The only advantage that someone who danced before has is that they probably understand the music, you can’t dance if you’re not musical.

“And you point your legs and feet naturally where someone like Lauren [Steadman] wouldn’t be able to point their feet as nicely as Ashley or Faye, and you learn how to accept choreography.

“But it doesn’t mean your brain works faster than someone like Lauren who has been someone who has competed and has learned sports.”



She added: “So I think it all evens out in the end. It’s unfair to say, ‘Well they’ve had dance training,’ because it doesn’t give you that much of an advantage.”

Debbie even went as far to say that those with dance experience were actually at a disadvantage on Strictly.


She explained: “And, like for me, I hadn’t danced in such a long time. I didn’t have the muscles left, I just built muscles through the series…

“You have disadvantages having danced before because you have to un-frame things in your brain to pick up all the technique of ballroom and Latin.”


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