Let It Shine's Ashley Roberts Reveals What Type Of Judge She'll Be, Ahead Of Guest Panellist Role

She's joining Gary, Dannii and Martin for the semi-final.

13/02/2017 16:00 GMT | Updated 14/02/2017 09:46 GMT

Ashley Roberts has spilled the beans on her upcoming judging stint on ‘Let It Shine’, insisting she won’t be turning into the next Simon Cowell on the panel.

The former Pussycat Dolls singer will be joining regulars Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp, as their hunt to find a boyband to star in a new musical based on the music of Take That reaches the semi-final this Saturday (18 February).

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Ashley Roberts

In an interview with ‘BUILD Series LDN’ ahead of her appearance on the BBC talent show, Ashley, who was previously a judge on ‘Dancing On Ice’, said: “I think I’ll be positive - constructive criticism. There’s always room to learn and grow if you’re given something to help you move to another level.

“But again, I think constructive criticism is what’s needed, especially right now with what’s going on. It’s going to be positive.”

Asked how it will compare to her time on ‘Dancing On Ice’ panel, she continued: “I think it will still be coming from the same place of my background in dancing, performing, being on stage, connecting with the music, connecting to the audience and bringing that knowledge to the forefront.

“I did that on ‘Dancing On Ice’, but that was on skates, so I feel I’ll know a bit more with two feet on the ground.

“There were some brave souls on that show, that’s for sure. It will be more of what I really understand, which is dancing, singing, being on stage.”

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Gary, Dannii and Martin are on the hunt for a boyband to star in a musical

With four boybands left in the competition, Ashley also revealed what she’ll be expecting to see them pull out of the bag this weekend.  

“It’s that star quality, that connection you have being on stage to the audience, but also having that synergy, because that really matters as well,” she said.

“You’ve got to connect with the people you have on stage with you, and making sure the audience has a good time. And talent is also important!”

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Ashley was made an appearance on ‘BUILD Series LDN’

While she is yet to meet her fellow judges, Ashley couldn’t hide her excitement at working with Gary, adding: “Everybody seems to love them, especially Gary. I’ve heard so many positive things, so I’m excited to get to work with them.”

‘Let It Shine’ airs on Saturday at 6.55pm on BBC One. 

Ashley Roberts’ debut shoe collection, ALLYN, is available now in Larizia, London.

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