Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Ann keeps dancing after bereavement

Ann Widdecombe will continue with the show despite the death of her brother

Ann Widdecombe will appear on this week's Strictly Come Dancing despite the death of her brother.

Canon Malcolm Widdecombe passed away, aged 73, at his home in Bristol on Tuesday following a long illness.

Sources close to the show said the former MP was given the choice of whether to appear on the show or not but decided to continue after speaking to her family who said they wanted her to carry on.

Speaking on This Morning, Ann said: "Well actually his daughter will be in the audience on Saturday because the family are adamant that I should dance because he so enjoyed watching me. And one of his last acts of consciousness was to turn towards the screen while I was performing - what is purported to be a salsa - last week so they're adamant they want me to do it, so I'm going to do it."

Ann also revealed she'd be dancing the quickstep with partner Anton Du Beke, saying: "It's the hardest, hardest thing I've ever done. I'm a complete elephant and what happens is Anton just moves at huge speed and I run to keep up with him!"

Describing the moment last week when Anton twirled her, Ann revealed: "Do you know what was happening? When you're a politician - if you're in doubt, you spin. And we had actually missed out a section so we had too much music left at the end. We had designed one spin, and I just said to him, 'Keep spinning! Keep spinning!' That was our get out clause. So what you saw wasn't rehearsed."

Summing up her Strictly experience, Ann said: "I don't call it a journey or all that psychobabble, I'm having fun, that's it. I'm retired and I'm having fun."

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