Saturday Night Takeaway’s Ashley Roberts on presenting The X Factor: ‘It could be fun’

The former Pussycat Doll is taking over Saturday night ITV, so could her next move involve Simon Cowell?

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Credentials Ashley Roberts knows the music industry.

She’s fast becoming a TV favourite following her phenomenal success as part of the Pussycat Dolls, and Ashley Roberts feels right at home onscreen.

Roberts has become a firm favourite on Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway on ITV, as well as presenting lifestyle show 1st Look on NBC in the States, which also airs on Saturday nights.

So it’s natural to ask whether the 34-year-old has set her sights on the newly-vacant presenting roles at The X Factor after Caroline Flack and Olly Murs both left this week.

“Oh, who has stepped down?” the Arizona-born host asks, unaware of recent developments. “I didn’t know that, but it could be something that’s fun. I obviously have a musical background.

“If the opportunity arose, I’d definitely treat it as something I would commit to if I felt passionate about it, you know?”

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Telly favourite Ashley Roberts is happy to stick to TV rather than return to music.

But for now, Roberts is having a ball on Saturday nights with Ant and Dec and stresses that heading to work on ITV doesn’t even feel like a job.

“I love the show, it’s just so much fun,” insists Roberts, who got her post-Pussycat Dolls TV break when she finished runner-up to Charlie Brooks on I’m A Celebrity in 2012.

“When I came out of I’m A Celebrity, ITV had me do a little piece of camera and then I did Ant Vs Dec. This year, they’ve asked me to do more stuff and it’s worked out well. 

“I feel more comfortable now, because I’ve known Ant and Dec a long time. They are my friends now and a great team. Working on that show, it doesn’t feel like work at all.”

Ashley’s natural presenting ability and flair for comedic timing also caught the eye of Leigh Francis, who’s asked her to return to The Keith Lemon Show on ITV2 after being impressed by her comedy skills on the last series.

“We did a Back To The Future parody over the summer and Keith asked me to do some more stuff and I just said ‘I would so be down for that!’,” Ashley laughs.

“Besides music, people don’t know that I started off doing sketches and stuff like that. My role models were people like Mike Myers. I had a lot of comedic role models growing up.

“This is a side to me that people maybe haven’t seen. I love dressing up, playing characters and taking the piss out of myself.”

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Miaow Ashley pictured with the Pussycat Dolls in 2008. Image Picture by Getty Images

Although Roberts enjoyed a string of No 1s like Don’t Cha, Stickwitu and Jai Ho with Pussycat Dolls, Roberts harbours no ambition to return to music.

“Music is my soul and I love singing and dancing but being on the road is not a real way of life for me anymore,” she concludes. “Television has taken such a cool turn for me recently and I want to do more of it. I really enjoy it.

“I know I wear a few hats, but they’re all under the entertainment umbrella and I really enjoy the comedic acting stuff.

“I’m happy with where I’m at right now.”

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Loaded’s entertainment editor Jennifer O’Brien is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about popular culture as a national newspaper columnist and author. Follow her on Twitter at @Jen_OBrien1

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