Strictly 2012: Chris Evans calls for Denise Van Outen to be disqualified!
According to the Sun newspaper, the Radio 2 star has claimed he thinks it is unfair the Essex gal should be able to compete due to her West End experience.
During his breakfast show, he slated the producers of the show, claiming Denise, who is married to reality theatre contestant, Lee Mead, will have an unfair advantage over the other competitors due to her professional training and previous dance catalogue.
Speaking of Denise, who is the voice over for the hugely popular ITV2 reality show, The Only Way Is Essex, on his show, the ginger whinger said: “Should Denise Van Outen be allowed to appear on Strictly as she’s appeared in a musical actually dancing?”
However, Denise, who has previously starred in the hit West End production of Chicago, has actually graded her own dancing skills at “four out of ten”, as well as commenting: “I can do the basics — thanks to theatre school — but I haven’t danced properly for 15 years.
“I’m most nervous about the fact people will think I can dance already because of my stage career.”
This isn’t the first time that Evans has upset Strictly producers this year after he announced cricketer Michael Vaughn’s participation via social networking site, Twitter, the weekend before the official announcement was due to be made.
A source said: “He’s supposed to be a BBC man. What’s his problem here?”
Watch the official Strictly Come Dancing trailer in the clip below:
Strictly Come Dancing launches this Saturday at 6.30pm on BBC1/BBC1 HD.