Ashley Roberts

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Ashley Roberts
Ashley Roberts 2018 (cropped).JPG
Roberts in 2018
Born
Ashley Allyn Roberts

(1981-09-14) September 14, 1981 (age 40)
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • media personality
Years active2001–present
Musical career
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Instrument(s)Vocals
Labels

Ashley Allyn Roberts (born September 14, 1981)[1] is an American singer, dancer, and media personality. She is a member of the pop/R&B girl group and dance ensemble The Pussycat Dolls.

Roberts released her debut solo studio album, Butterfly Effect, in 2014. She has appeared in various British television shows, including I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2012), Dancing on Ice (2013–2014), Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2013–2016), The Jump (2015), and Strictly Come Dancing (2018).[2]

Roberts is currently a presenter on Global's Heart 00s. She is also a showbiz reporter for Heart FM's Breakfast show with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden.[3][4]

Life and career[edit]

1981–2002: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Roberts was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended Shadow Mountain High School. She began dancing at the age of three and singing at eight. Roberts' father was a drummer for the Mamas & the Papas, later becoming an auto dealer and her mother was a Pilates instructor. They both inspired her to be a part of the entertainment industry.

Roberts' hair was brunette during her teenage years, as shown in Aaron Carter's "Oh Aaron" and "Not Too Young, Not Too Old" music videos.[5]

During high school summer breaks, Roberts traveled to California to study modern dance. After high school, at 19 years old, she moved permanently to Los Angeles. Roberts has appeared in television commercials and music videos such as Counting Crows "Accidentally in Love", Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up", Jane's Addiction's "True Nature", Aaron Carter's "Oh Aaron" and "Not Too Young, Not Too Old" and Pink's "Trouble". Roberts cites Goldie Hawn, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Gwen Stefani as her main role models and inspirations.[6]

2003–2010: The Pussycat Dolls[edit]

The Pussycat Dolls performing "Buttons" in Aberdeen, Scotland during the Doll Domination Tour

Within six months of her move, Roberts auditioned for the Pussycat Dolls. At that time the Pussycat Dolls were an underground modern burlesque troupe. Following their growing popularity, music producers Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair became involved with the group helping them to transform into a franchise. The former dance troupe evolved into a Pop music recording group. The only troupe members who remained after the re-casting process were Robin Antin (taking on the creative, executive and managerial roles), Carmit Bachar, Cyia Batten, Kasey Campbell, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta and Ashley Roberts. After a few more auditions, singers Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton and Kaya Jones were added to the line-up. In 2004, they recorded "We Went as Far as We Felt Like Going" for the Shark Tale soundtrack and recorded the single, "Sway" which is featured on the soundtrack of Shall We Dance?. Jones left the group in 2005, Batten and Campbell had left earlier.

The Pussycat Dolls were launched into mainstream recognition following the release of PCD, which contained the number-one singles "Don't Cha", "Buttons" and "Stickwitu". Roberts sang co-lead with Bachar and Sutta in the "Stickwitu" single B-side, "Santa Baby". Bachar's departure from the group preceded the release of their second and final studio album, Doll Domination, which contains hit singles, "When I Grow Up", "I Hate This Part" and "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)". Roberts recorded a solo song called "Played" for the Doll Domination's deluxe edition.

On January 29, 2010, Jessica Sutta revealed to E! Online that she had been ousted from the group, following a broken rib she sustained whilst on tour with the group, and thus confirmed her exit.[53] On February 26, Kimberly Wyatt confirmed she was also leaving the group.[54] The next day, Ashley Roberts announced her departure from the group via her website.[53] In a letter to her fans, she made the following announcement:[7]

Yes, I have left the Pussycat Dolls. I love you all sooo much!!! I am so grateful to have the love and support of all of you. It was an amazing ride and I learned so much! You all mean the world to me and I'm excited to take you all on a new adventure. An adventure full of creativity, inspiration, learning, growing and lots of fun.

Wyatt would later go on to confirm that all of the members had left the group, including Melody Thornton.[55]Despite these changes, on May 24, a rumored third line-up would join Scherzinger.[56] However, in late 2010, Scherzinger officially left the group to pursue a solo career.[57] As a result, the original recording group line-up had officially disbanded. The group has sold 54 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.[2][3]

Roberts made her film debut as Brooke in the dance film Make It Happen with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Riley Smith. Production lasted from August 8 to September 17, 2007, and the film was directed by Darren Grant and distributed by The Weinstein Company. It premièred on August 8, 2008, in the UK to generally negative reviews.[8]

2010–2018: Solo career and Butterfly Effect[edit]

Roberts at the Tacoma Dome, December 2006

After leaving the Dolls, Roberts traveled around the world, followed guru Amma and took several dance/acting classes. In 2010, Roberts released her first solo song, a cover of "A Summer Place" and was released on iTunes on September 28. Roberts also made an appearance in ex-bandmate Wyatt's music video for the single, "Stars in Your Eyes".[9] On June 14, 2012, she made a cameo appearance in Bobby Newberry's music video for his debut single "Dirrty Up", with ex-bandmate Melody Thornton.[10] On October 10, 2012, Roberts released a preview of a cover version of Bobby Newberry's "All In A Day", produced by the Invaders. The full version was released at the end of October.[11] On November 5, 2012, Roberts announced that her first official solo single would be "Yesterday" and would be released that week.

On November 7, 2012, it was confirmed that Roberts would compete in the twelfth series of the British reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, airing on ITV[12] finishing as runner-up to Charlie Brooks. Despite not winning, she proved to be a popular public figure during her time on the show and it launched her solo career in the United Kingdom.

On May 25, 2014, Roberts' single "Clockwork" was released.[13] On September 1, 2014, Roberts' debut album, Butterfly Effect, recorded at Metropolis in Chiswick, London was released. It was preceded by new single "Woman Up".[14]

In late 2018, Roberts appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in the United Kingdom and finished as a finalist.

2019–present: The Pussycat Dolls reunion[edit]

In June 2019, Roberts became the showbiz correspondent of the Heart Breakfast, a British radio show hosted by Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden.[15] That following month, she made her West End debut, portraying Dawn, in the musical, Waitress.[16] On November 29, 2019, after months of speculation for a possible Pussycat Dolls reunion, Roberts along with Bachar, Scherzinger, Sutta, and Wyatt confirmed their reunion on Heart radio station, where they also announced a tour originally scheduled for 2020.[17] A live performance on the finale of The X Factor: Celebrity followed, which included a medley of previous singles and their new song, "React".[18] British media regulator Ofcom received over 400 complaints from viewers who criticized the band's perceived provocative nature of their performance.[19]

"React" was released in February 2020 to moderate success.[20] The Pussycat Dolls reunion tour was officially cancelled in January 2022.[21][22][23]

Other ventures[edit]

Television[edit]

On her official blog, Roberts announced that she would work on a variety of projects. She worked on her acting, and was a host on Maxim Does Spring Break on E!. Roberts also shot a pilot for MTV with Aubrey O'Day, Marques Houston, and Amanda Ghost.[7]

She appeared on 90210 in the episode "Into the Wild" which aired on November 5, 2010, where she played a stripper.

On November 7, 2012, it was confirmed that Roberts would compete in the twelfth series of the British reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[12] She finished as the runner-up behind Charlie Brooks.

In December 2012, it was confirmed that Roberts would be one of the judges on the British celebrity skating show Dancing on Ice, from its eighth series. She returned as a judge for its ninth series in 2014.

She hosted the Ant vs Dec segment on the revived version of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway from 2013 to 2016. She also hosted 1st Look on NBC from 2016 until 2018.

In 2014, she hosted WWE Legends' House, a show which featured several wrestling legends living together and Roberts would provide them daily challenges. It is streamed exclusively on the WWE Network.

In December 2014, Roberts was announced as a contestant for the second series of The Jump. She was eliminated in the second week.

Roberts served as a guest judge on BBC One's Let It Shine in February 2017.

Roberts appeared alongside Jamie Theakston on Channel 4's Celebrity Gogglebox in 2020.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

On August 17, 2018, it was announced that Roberts would be a contestant on the sixteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[24] Her professional partner was Pasha Kovalev. They finished as joint runners-up to winners Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton on December 15, 2018.

Week Dance / Song Judges' score Total Result
Horwood Bussell Ballas Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz / "Perfect" 7 8 7 7 29 No Elimination
2 Cha-cha-cha / "Boogie Wonderland" 8 8 7 9 32 Safe
3 Salsa / "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
4 Tango / "Look What You Made Me Do" 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
5 Rumba / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" 9 9 9 9* 36 Safe
6 Charleston / "Witch Doctor" 9 10 10 10 39 Safe
7 Foxtrot / "Orange Colored Sky" 9 10 10 10 39 Safe
8 Contemporary / "Unsteady" 9 10 10 10 39 Safe
9 Jive / "Shake a Tail Feather" 10 10 10 10 40 Safe
10 Samba / "Hot Hot Hot"
Lindy Hop-a-thon / "Do Your Thing"
8
Awarded
9
7
9
extra
10
points
36
43
Bottom two
11 Quickstep / "Don't Rain on My Parade" 9 10 9 10 38 Bottom two
12 Paso Doble / "Spectrum (Say My Name)"
American Smooth / "Ain't That a Kick in The Head"
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
36
40
Bottom two
13 Salsa / "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
Showdance / "Keeping Your Head Up"
Charleston / "Witch Doctor"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
40
40
40
Runners-up
  • Green number indicates Ashley and Pasha were at the top of the leaderboard

Products and endorsements[edit]

In March 2013, Roberts was announced as Garnier's new self-tan spokesmodel and the face of Ambre Solaire No Streak Bronzer campaign.[25]

Roberts has launched her first line of lingerie designed for the beach in Sydney, Australia.[7][26]

In 2016, Roberts designed a women's shoe collection for spring/summer 2017 called ALLYN, after her middle name.[27]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Be Cool Herself Cameo appearance
2008 Make It Happen Brooke

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 So You Think You Can Dance Guest Judge 1 episode
2006, 2008 Star Academy Herself 2 episodes
2010 90210 Penny 1 episode
Dance Your Ass Off Guest Judge 1 episode
2012 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Contestant Series 12
2013–2014 Dancing on Ice Judge Series 89
2013–2022 Celebrity Juice Herself 14 episodes
2013–2016 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Presenter Series 10–13; "Ant vs. Dec" segment
2014 WWE Legends' House
2015 The Jump Contestant Series 2
2015–2016 The Keith Lemon Sketch Show Various Roles 6 episodes
2016–2017 1st Look Presenter
2017 Let It Shine Guest Judge 1 episode
2018 Strictly Come Dancing Contestant Series 16
2019 The X Factor: Celebrity Guest Artist 1 episode
2020 Celebrity Gogglebox Herself 5 episodes
2022 The Real Dirty Dancing Presenter

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result Ref.
Grammy Awards "Stickwitu" Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards 1st Look Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program[a] Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ as a producer.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Ashley Roberts Speaks Up On Scarlett Moffatt Replacing Her On Saturday Night Takeaway". Heart FM. Archived from the original on February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
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  4. ^ "Ashley Roberts". Saatchi. Retrieved April 25, 2022.
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  9. ^ Her Majesty & The Wolves – Stars In Your Eyes Official Video. YouTube. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
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  12. ^ a b "Ashley Roberts – I'm A Celebrity 2012: Celebrities". Digital Spy. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  13. ^ Geddes, Robin (March 31, 2014). "Ashley Roberts announces new single 'Clockwork', debut solo album". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  14. ^ "Ashley Roberts confirms new single 'Woman Up', details debut album – Music News". Digital Spy. June 30, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
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  17. ^ Mccreesh, Louise (November 28, 2019). "Pussycat Dolls officially announce reunion tour 9 years after split". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on November 28, 2019. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
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  21. ^ Naumann, Ryan (September 3, 2021). "Nicole Scherzinger Sued By Pussycat Dolls Founder Robin Antin For Alleged 'Extortion' Over Reunion Tour Deal". Radar Online. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  22. ^ "Luis Fonsi & Nicole Scherzinger Release New Single/Video". Forbes. February 19, 2020. Archived from the original on March 9, 2021. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  23. ^ McGrath, Nick (August 15, 2021). "Kimberly Wyatt: The taxman made life hard. I had to work day and night to stay afloat". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on August 20, 2021. Retrieved August 20, 2021.
  24. ^ "Strictly Purrfect! Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts joins our 2018 line-up!". bbc.co.uk. August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  25. ^ Ledger, Emma (March 30, 2013). "It's fake tan time! Ashley Roberts shows us how it's done as the new face of Garnier No Streaks Bronzer". The Mirror. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  26. ^ Sexy Beach Lingerie. Youtube.com. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
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  29. ^ "The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Announces Nominations for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 8, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2021.

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Preceded by 1st Look host
2016–2018
Succeeded by