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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Ann left reeling on movie night

Ann Widdecombe's American Smooth got a low score

Ann Widdecombe could finally be left reeling after a particularly awful performance during movie night on Strictly Come Dancing.

After cutting a rug to Hello Dolly, judges panned the former parliamentarian for her routine.

During the dance, her partner Anton Du Beke managed to successfully hoist Ann into the air three times.

But when she was not being lifted she misplaced her footwork and appeared to be chasing Anton around the dance floor.

The former Tory MP achieved the lowest score for the American Smooth ever given on the show - 14 out of 40. Judge Alesha Dixon told her: "I think the honeymoon is over."

Len Goodman compared her to the wintry weather conditions gripping most of Britain. "The snow is fun to start with, but eventually you just want it to go away," he said.

Flamboyant judge Bruno Tonioli added: "When you were on your own you looked like a Dalek in drag.

Ann's usual tormentor in chief Craig Revel Horwood opted to list her positive moves rather than insult her. "All the best movements for me were when your feet weren't touching the floor," he noted.

Meanwhile, psychologist Pamela Stephenson clearly benefited from having her husband Billy Connolly in the audience. The presence of the Scottish comedian obviously kept Pamela on her toes - she received a perfect score for dancing the waltz to Unchained Melody.

Craig said the romantic routine was "elegant, stylish and gorgeous".

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