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Strictly Come Dancing's Jay McGuiness Addresses Reports Over Previous Dance Experience, After Fans Claim He And Aliona Vilani Have Advantage

02/11/2015 17:26 GMT | Updated 02/11/2015 17:59 GMT

Strictly Come Dancing’s Jay McGuiness has spoken out about his previous dance experience, following claims from some fansm who reckon he has an unfair advantage on the show.

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The former The Wanted singer attended a performing arts school, but insisted that he would be “car crash” without professional partner Aliona Vilani.

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Jay McGuiness

Speaking to Hello magazine about ‘Strictly’, Jay said: "I have some basic advantages, because as a kid, I did some dancing.

"I'd do tap and ballet after school - really cool at that age - and then at 16, I did three years of musical theatre.

"But that was ten years ago and now I'm learning styles I've never done before. Believe me, without Aliona, it would be car-crash."

Jay and Aliona have been one of the couples who have impressed most on the current series of the BBC ballroom show, and scored an impressive 34 points on Saturday’s (31 October) Halloween special.

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Jay with partner Aliona Vilani

However, it was also reported today that the pair had a furious bust up after Aliona found out that Jay had been sending messages to other dancers on the show.

According to The Sun, Aliona “hit the roof” when she learnt of his texts to fellow pros Kristina Rihanoff and Ola Jordan, as well as contestant Georgia May Foote.

“She was the same with previous dance partners as she believes that to win, couples have to be totally united. Jay’s starting to tire of it all,” a source said.

Despite this, Jay and Aliona are sit the current favourites to win the competition, with Boyle Sports listing him at 8/11, behind Peter Andre at 11/2.

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ continues on Saturday on BBC One.

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