The former Pussycat Doll has failed to win public support on the BBC ballroom competition, amid debate about her previous dance experience as a member of the girl group.
As conversation about her so-called advantage continues, Ashley told of how her appearances in the bottom two had affected her.
“The first 24 to 48 hours after, I had to talk to my mum and my friends a lot, because it did [affect her],” she told HuffPost UK backstage at rehearsals for this weekend’s ‘Strictly’ semi-final. “You don’t want to take it personal, but you do feel a little deflated.”
Of how her previous dance experience differs to the routines she’s mastering on ‘Strictly’, Ashley went on: “When I was dancing when I was younger and in training, it was jazz. That was about 20 years ago when I really was training. Then it was the Dolls stuff, it was hip hop. I don’t know if people know, but it is such a different way of carrying your body and dancing with a partner.
“It’s like a soccer player to a basketball player - you’re athletic, but it’s such a different way.”
Speaking of how her former bandmate Nicole Scherzinger actually won the US version, ‘Dancing With The Stars’, in 2010 despite having a similar dance background to her, Ashley added: “I don’t think she got that much heat for it.”
However, Ashley, who is paired with Pasha Kovalev on the show, is resigned to the idea she may not lift the glitterball trophy like Nicole, should she make it through the semi-final unscathed.
“I think with being in the dance-off twice in a row, I’m just grateful to be here,” she said. “I’m going to go out there and perform my best, and whatever happens happens.”
‘Strictly Come Dancing’ airs on Saturday at 6.35pm on BBC One.