Denise Van Outen has admitted that she is upset by the criticism she has received from the media about her involvement in Strictly Come Dancing.

Van Outen, who has been paired with James Jordan in the latest series of reality dance competition, has hit back at claims that she is too experienced to feature on the show.

Last week, Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans questioned Van Outen’s involvement in the show saying that he "loved Denise" but that she is "a professional actress/singer/dancer".

He added: "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?"

However, in a recent post on her website, Van Outen hit back at the claims stating that she is at no more of an advantage than other contestants.

She wrote: "I have to say that I was a quite upset at the criticism that I've come under from the press about my involvement with the show due to my previous dance experience.

"I am not the only competitor that has appeared in the show that has had basic training. This competition is not musical theatre, it is ballroom, and this is a world that I am in NO way familiar with.

"Ballroom is totally different. Firstly I have never danced with a partner, you have to be in sync, remember your footings etc. These are things that I've never had to do in my career so far and this is a massive challenge for me."

Strictly Come Dancing continues on October 5 on BBC One.