The presenter fears for her place in the competition

Denise Van Outen blames her recent fall down the Strictly Come Dancing leader board on Chris Evans after he condemned her place on the show in October.

The Radio 2 DJ, 46 – who used to co-host the Big breakfast with Denise – didn’t think it was fair that the actress, 38, was allowed to take part in the dancing competition after she had appeared in West End musicals and appeared to call for her to be axed from the series.

But Denise’s Strictly dance partner James Jordan was quick to hit back at Chris’s suggestion she had an unfair advantage.

‘It all started from what Chris Evans said on Radio 2 about how Denise shouldn’t be in the show because she is dance-trained,’ he said.

‘Everyone is saying Denise is a professional dancer. I can assure you she is not because I am the one who trains with her.

‘The reason we put in so many hours is because we have to.’

Denise even confronted the DJ about his comments who denied saying that she could already dance to a professional standard.

‘I’ve spoken to Chris Evans and he said that wasn’t what he said,’ Denise tells The Sun.

‘But he has caused a little bit of damage because people do think that.’

Other stage school alumni in Strictly include Lisa Riley, Dani Harmer and Kimberley Walsh.

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Natalie Walsh