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Ann bottom again on Strictly

Ann Widdecombe delivered a bottom performance - both physically and on the score board - while impersonating a 1920s flapper girl in the latest round of Strictly Come Dancing.

The former Tory MP for Maidstone and Weald, better known as a comedian than a dancer on the BBC show, was dragged around the floor while sitting on her bottom by partner Anton Du Beke.

She donned an aqua-coloured flapper dress with a matching headband to set the mood of the routine.

Appearing typically stand-offish and non-plussed, Widdecombe's heavy frame was wrapped around Du Beke's waist and spun around, prompting judge Bruno Tonioli to ask after the performance if he had a slipped disc.

"I love you anyway," he added.

Fellow judge Alesha Dixon said: "The actress is emerging. That was so cute," while Craig Revel Horwood said: "There was no swivel action whatsoever. You spend in these routines a lot more time sitting on your backside." Widdecombe replied: "What do you do all day?"

The pair scored 17 out of a possible 40 - the lowest of the night.

EastEnders actress Kara Tointon shimmered in a red mini dress with gold shoestring straps and matching shoes, with partner Artem Chigvintsev, to kick-start the night with a salsa. Judges rewarded them with a top score of 36.

"That was one of the best openers on the show I have ever seen," Dixon gushed.

Other slick routines included a waltz by popular couple Matt Baker and partner Aliona Vilani, who ended the night in second place with a score of 35. Vilani graced the floor wearing an ice blue ankle-length ball gown, while Baker was told by Tonioli that he "danced like a prince".

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