Beyonce may 'sneak in' to watch
The biggest star in Strictly Come Dancing this year might be in the audience rather than on the dancefloor after Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams admitted Beyonce Knowles could "sneak in" to watch her.
Williams, Knowles and Kelly Rowland sold more than 50 millions records in their time together and the singer, who teams up with Brendan Cole on the hit ballroom show, said she hoped her former bandmates would support her.
She said: "I hope they get to come in and sneak in and sit up there somewhere or at least be backstage. I want my girls to be here, you know, we support each other and we are always on our BlackBerries chiming in and talking to each other and encouraging each other on our individual projects."
If the Crazy In Love singer does make it she could see one of the most unlikely pairings in the show's history - Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke.
The pair formed an unlikely ballroom coalition but former MP turned novelist Widdecombe insists she is "very ambitious" and revealed she was inspired to take to the dancefloor by the unlikely success of former journalist John Sergeant in 2008.
She said: "I said 'no' year after year, then along came John Sergeant and I thought the one thing he demonstrated was that you really can do this programme at your own pace and not have to turn into a semi-professional which is how I had previously viewed the programme. Anton and I are very ambitious. We're not quitting, we may end up eliminated but we are not quitting."
Two other women - Good Life star Felicity Kendal and former EastEnder Kara Tointon - emerged as early favourites to carry off the reality television title. Kendal, who impressed the other contestants with her ballet moves in rehearsals, revealed her secret weapon was the time she had spent at the venue for another reality show - Pineapple Dance Studios.
She said: "In my 30s I used to go to the Pineapple Studios to do bar work so I've always done that kind of stuff but that is not the same as dancing."
Tointon already won Strictly - or at least the Sport Relief version where she danced with Mark Ramprakash so the judges are giving her less time to train in case she gets an unfair advantage. The actress said: "We are going to start a week behind so I think that makes it fair."
The series continues with two live shows on October 1 and 2.