Angela Scanlon hits back at claims she has ‘unfair advantage’ on Strictly

Angela Scanlon gives Strictly Come Dancing update

Angela Scanlon has refuted “fix” claims over her Irish dancing past, insisting it has given her no advantage as she only ever performed solo.

The BBC presenter, 39, prompted fans to claim she had an unfair edge over her fellow Strictly Come Dancing contestants, which she wholeheartedly denies.

She told MailOnline: “Most people, you grow up in Ireland, you do Irish dancing.

“But I’ve never done ballroom, I’ve certainly never done a rumba or any of this style of dancing.

“You dance on your own and it’s very stiff.

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“So the salsa hips, I don’t know how we’re going to achieve that. I have to take into consideration my partner’s limbs and presence – so we’ll see.”

Originally from Co Meath in Ireland, Angela trained with the O’Shea Irish company.

The dance troupe competed internationally and the presenter represented them in competitions – qualifying her as a professional dancer.

She was later hired to perform in the Irish Thunder show – a celebration of culture through dance – in Virginia US.

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Angela, who is partnered with Strictly professional Carlos Gu, later gave up her dance career for one in the media.

The One Show presenter’s response to ‘fix’ allegations came as Billy Elliot star, Layton Williams, has also had to defend his professional dance past on social media.

One person pointed out on Twitter: “He’s already a professional dancer.”

Layton attended both Sylvia Young Theatre School and Italia Conti before starring in a number of West End productions.

The actor hit back on social media: “Babes, they did not teach me Latin dance. So check your facts.

“I just think it’s funny when people think they ‘know’ but they’re just being a hater.”

Prior to Strictly, Layton played the main role in the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from 2019 to 2022.

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