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Wednesday 18th September 2019

Strictly: Alex Scott denies winning Sport Relief special is advantage

She's the bookies' favourite to win

She's been touted as the early favourite to win the show and now former footballer Alex Scott has hit back at claims she has an advantage over the rest of this year's Strictly Come Dancing hopefuls.

Alex won last year's Strictly Sport Relief special, but she has denied claims that taking part in the charity special has boosted her chances of winning the dance show.

Former Lionesses star Alex has denied she has an unfair advantage after winning the Strictly Sport Relief special (Credit: BBC)

Former Lionesses star Alex – who is now a football pundit – revealed she felt like "a kid at Christmas" when show bosses approached her to take part in the show.

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However, The Mirror reports that Alex thinks she has as much chance of being "relegated" from the competition as anyone else on the line-up.

She said: "I only trained for a week for Strictly Sport Relief. I can’t remember any of the steps! I was just copying."

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With her background in competitive sport, Alex naturally wants to go as far as she can in the competition.

She revealed: "I’ve always wanted to be a part of this so I’ll be devastated if I go home early on. Now I’m not in football any more I’m after a new trophy."

Alex has also admitted that she is nervous about taking to the dance floor.

I only trained for a week for Strictly Sport Relief. I can’t remember any of the steps! I was just copying.

The launch show, which will see the celebrities partnered with the professional dancers, airs on BBC One this coming Saturday (September 7).

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Alex added: "Strictly’s another world to me. In football, if something goes wrong I know how to correct it. But what happens if I forget the routine with millions watching? That fear keeps going through my head."

Telling Strictly spin-off It Takes Two host Rylan Clark-Neal that she's wanted to be "part of this show for years", Alex said she couldn't believe her luck when she was asked to sign up.

Alex told Rylan Clark-Neal that she felt like a "kid at Christmas" when she was asked to take part (Credit: BBC)

She said: "When they came and asked me this year I was like a kid at Christmas. I couldn't wait."

As she posted a picture of her official Strictly photo to Twitter, Alex's followers were quick to throw their support behind the star.

One said she would "smash it", while another called her the show's "winner" and others shared their betting slips, backing the star.

It's been a mixed week for the stars of the show.

The Strictly cast aren't sure that judge Craig Revel Horwood will be impartial now following his "rude" remarks about last year's winner Stacey Dooley.

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