'I love Denise… but she is a professional dancer': Chris Evans agrees former Chicago lead Miss Van Outen shouldn't compete in Strictly Come Dancing
14:57 GMT, 13 September 2012
15:44 GMT, 13 September 2012
Outspoken Chris Evans thinks Denise Van Outen should be axed from Strictly Come Dancing.
The Radio 2 DJ believes Denise has an unfair advantage over other contestants in the BBC One show after appearing in West End musicals.
Discussing an article written by Daily Mail columnist Sandra Parsons, Chris asked: 'Should Denise Van Outen be allowed to appear on Strictly as she's appeared in a musical actually dancing'
Controversial: This Morning on his breakfast show Chris Evans said that he didn't agree with the fact that Denise Van Outen is in this year's line-up for Strictly Come Dancing
Do you agree with Chris Evans that professional dancers shouldn't do Strictly
Yes – it needs to be fair for everyone
No – it won't make any difference in the grand scheme
Click to view yesterday's poll results
The 46-year-old who used to front the
show which Denise is most famous for The Big Breakfast agreed with the
comments that Parsons made in her article.
He said: 'I think she's [Parsons] got a point, don't get me wrong I love Denise by the way and who wouldn't want to see Denise lighting up our screens on a Saturday night on BBC One's hit show Strictly
Continuing the Warrington born presenter added: 'But she is a professional actress/singer/dancer.
'Isn't it a story of aspiration from the beginning, the seeds of learning whether you do or don't have two left feet, to perhaps better yourself and becoming good if not better than you ever thought you could be'
Unfair advantage Denise previously starred in the long running West End musical Chicago as Roxie Hart
Four out of ten: The 38-year-old has said that she is nervous to star in Strictly as she's not much of a mover
Denise, 38, starred as Roxie Hart in Chicago in the West End and Broadway musical – but despite this rates her dancing skills at 'four out of ten'.
The blonde beauty said: 'I can do the basics – thanks to theatre school – but I haven't danced properly for 15 years.
She continued: 'I'm most nervous about the fact people will think I can dance already because of my stage career.'
The mother-of-one also played hairdresser Paulette in 'Legally Blonde The Musical' back in 2010 after giving birth to her daughter Betsy with husband Lee Mead.
Evans has already angered TV bosses after he took to his Twitter page this weekend and revealed that cricketer Michael Vaughan would be taking part in the show before the official announcement.
A source told The Sun newspaper: 'He's supposed to be a BBC man. What's his problem here'
Another trained dancer: Kimberley Walsh starred in Shrek: The Musical last year
And not to forget: The 30-year-old often showed off her moves as a part of Girls Aloud
However Denise isn't the only celebrity on the line-up who has a background on her feet to stand on.
Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh regularly showed off her fancy footwork in several music videos alongside her bandmates.
Also the 30-year-old singer took to the stage last October as Princess Fiona in Shrek: The Musical.
Ladies with the moves… Fern Britton, Jerry Hall and Victoria Pendleton are all set to wow this season
Representing the men: Actor Colin Salmon and cricketer Michael Vaughan will be showcasing their moves
What a team! Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly are of course returning as the show's hosts
Denise and Kimberley will join the likes of Victoria Pendleton, Jerry Hall, TV presenters Fern Britton, Richard Arnold, Westlife singer Nicky Byrne, and former EastEnders star Sid Owen on the show.
Ex Emmerdale star Lisa Riley, Zoe Ball's father Johnny, actress Dani Harmer, actor Colin Salmon, former England cricketer Michael Vaughan and Olympian Louis Smith finish the line-up.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this Saturday at 6.30pm.
Ready to dance: This year's contestants which includes Westlife singer Nicky Byne, Lisa Riley and gold medallist Victoria Pendleton pose up for a group shot