Strictly Come Dancing fans vow to vote Ashley Roberts off next after she narrowly escapes the boot for a third time

Viewers let their fury be known after the former Pussycat Doll was saved by the judges in favour of Lauren Steadman in tonight's semi-final.

The 37-year-old ex-pop star – who has faced criticism she has an unfair advantage due to her previous dance training – narrowly avoided getting the boot this evening.

Along with the 25-year-old Paralympic athlete, she received the fewest votes from the public despite scoring a clean sweep of 10s in last night's episode.

She wowed the judges with her second performance in the dance off, and they chose to send her through to next week's grand final.

However, viewers weren't quite so impressed and vowed that she would place fourth after Stacey Dooley, Joe Sugg and Faye Tozer.

They took to Twitter to warn her that they weren't happy about the judges' decision and that the public would be deciding her fate next.

One wrote: "Public vote is final. Ashley's f*****."

Another commented: "Hopefully the public vote counts 100% next week and Ashley is out of the scene early. #Strictly"

A third shared: "When will the judges realise that the public don’t like #Ashley. At least next week is down to the public and not the judges #strictly"

It comes as Strictly fans slammed the judges' decision to save Ashley in favour of Lauren in the dance off.

Viewers branded the semi-final result a "fix" as the ex-Pussycat Doll made it through to the final while the Paralympic athlete was eliminated from the popular BBC One dance show.

Tonight's episode saw both women forced to compete for a second time after receiving the fewest votes.

After their performances, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli ultimately gave the former pop star, 37, another chance for her impressive American smooth with dance partner Pasha Kovalev.

Lauren was seen looking saddened as she stood beside dance partner AJ Pritchard as the verdict was revealed.

It appears viewers – some of whom have previously criticised the decision for trained-dancer Ashley to appear in the show – shared her disappointment.

Those watching at home took to Twitter to complain as soon as they heard Ashley was in the bottom two and said Lauren was bound to go.

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