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Judges slam Widdecombe's Samba

Former politician Ann Widdecombe is to discover if her comically-awful Strictly Come Dancing performances have persuaded viewers to save her from the chop yet again.

The ex-Conservative MP, who has become a crowd favourite with her side-splitting routines, got the lowest score on Saturday night's show, with judges tearing her version of the Samba to shreds.

Widdecombe, who has refused to sex up her performances, was dragged around the ballroom floor in a voluminous canary-yellow frock by dance partner Anton Du Beke, polling a measly 13 out of 40 with the judges.

Acid-tongued Craig Revel Horwood described the dance as "overwhelmingly awful". Head judge Len Goodman also put the boot in, saying: "It's like haemorrhoids - they keep coming back more painful than ever."

Meanwhile, Countryfile presenter Matt Baker put in a towering performance as the celebrity contestants took Blackpool by storm.

The presenter and dance partner Aliona Vilani amassed the night's highest score of 38 points for their energetic version of the Samba.

Psychologist Pamela Stephenson was crowned "queen of Blackpool" by the judges. Stephenson and dance partner James Jordan received the night's second highest score with 37 for their version of the American Smooth.

Soap star Kara Tointon and partner Artem Chigvintsev put in the night's bravest performance after overcoming a last-minute injury scare which threatened their appearance on the show.

Chigvintsev suffered a painful neck injury when hoisting the diminutive dancer on to his neck during final rehearsal this afternoon. But he pushed through the pain barrier as the couple received a standing ovation for their version of the American Smooth, scoring the third highest score of the night with 35.

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