Ashley Roberts cries after ending up in the Strictly dance off for the second week running

The former Pussycat Doll has always been near the top of the leader board but for the last two weeks, she has found herself in the bottom two with partner Pasha Kovalev.

It clearly all became a bit too much for the star after she heard her name announced and the red light hit her, confirming she would be facing Charles Venn in the dance off.

As the judges gave her some advice on how she could improve ahead of her second performance, Ashley struggled to keep her tears inside, and they eventually started rolling down her cheeks.

As host Tess Daly consoled her, Ashley admitted: "I just care, we work hard and I really want to be here."

However viewers didn't have a lot of sympathy for the 37-year-old, who has been criticised by fans of the show for her past dance experience during the series.

One wrote on Twitter: "Why is Ashley crying???" while another added: "Ashley needs to stop crying all of the time. Things don't always go the way you want them to dear."

A third agreed, writing: "Ashley cryuing bc she's realised the public don't like her."

However some did sympathise, with one tweeting: "Poor Ashley. How awful to know that whatever she does the public simply don't like her enough :(".

In the end though, the judges decided to save Ashley and send Charles and his dance partner Karen Clifton home.

Charles paid special homage to Karen during his farewell speech.

He said: "Before I go through dances or memories I have to pay extreme homage to this woman here because Karen Clifton turned me into a promising dancer.

“A promising dancer honestly! This woman has been by my side and supported me, she’s been strict, she’s been solid, she’s been caring and loving, sensitive, intuitive, and I’m adamant that without her I don’t know how I would have got to this level.”

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