Cassandra Thorburn faced harsh criticism after her Dancing With The Stars debut on Monday night, with judge Craig Revel Horwood giving her a score of one.

But her dancing competitor Courtney Act has jumped to the defence of Karl Stefanovic’s ex-wife in an interview with Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.

Courtney, 37, said being thrust into the public eye can be tough for anyone and she had been providing her co-star with support and advice.

‘Everyone giving you their opinions is really, really weird and I’m sure Cassandra’s experiencing that at the moment. I’m sure she’s going over the comments,’ Courtney said.

‘Yesterday I gave her a hug and said “just drown out all that noise and just continue having a good time and don’t let it get to you.”‘

She added:  ‘On Monday night, it’s her chance for redemption.’

Courtney is a reality TV veteran, having shot to fame as a contestant on Australian Idol in 2003 and going on to win Celebrity Big Brother in the UK last year.

Cassandra received the lowest score of the night on Channel Ten’s revamped version of DWTS alongside cricketer Curtly Ambrose.

Courtney said that they were both ‘shaken’ by the brutal scores, but she advised them: ‘All you can do is your best. You’ve tried really hard, you’re having a good time, it’s only going to get easier.’

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