Ashley Roberts has opened up about being on Strictly Come Dancing, praising her dance partner Pasha Kovalev, and congratulating co-star Stacey Dooley on her victory.

The 37-year-old former Pussycat Doll impressed audiences with her performances alongside her dance Kovalev, 38, and shared a snap on Instagram of them mid-performance.

She told her followers: "What.A.Ride! I can’t even begin to explain the spectrum of emotions I felt being a part of this show.

"I look back feeling a sense of pride. @pashakovalev you have been my partner, friend and teacher throughout this entire series and you’ve reminded me how much I love to dance and perform."

She added: "I am so honoured to have shared the stage with you! Skadooosh my friend."

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Roberts also acknowledged the support she received while on the show. She wrote: "Thank you to my friends, family and management for always having my back and reminding me to keep my head up.

"And thank you to all of you who sent positive messages of support and encouragement.

"And to @bbcstrictly for asking me to be a part of your magical show! I just hoped ya like what we were serving up sunni. Love ya’s."

The former Pussycat Doll also mentioned Stacey Dooley's win on her Instagram story. She wrote on a picture of Stacey and her dance partner Kevin Clifton: "Congrats my beautiful friends. Well deserved. Love you."

Meanwhile, another Strictly finalist, Joe Sugg, has appeared to confirm his romance with dance partner Dianne Buswell.

The YouTube star was romantically linked to Buswell during their time on the show, and he has now shared a picture of them together on Instagram.

He wrote: "I may not have won the glitter ball, but I've won something a million times more special."

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