Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 18 April 2015

Strictly 'no journey' for Widde

Ann Widdecombe said her dance experience hadn't changed her
Ann Widdecombe said her dance experience hadn't changed her

Unlikely Strictly Come Dancing star Ann Widdecombe has revealed that her stint in the show has not made the slightest difference to her life - unlike many TV talent show contestants.

The former MP, who was finally booted out of the show last weekend, said there had been no "journey" for her during her weeks in the the BBC1 contest.

Many stars of such TV shows talk of how the experience has changed their lives.

But in an interview with Graham Norton tonight, the ex-Tory politician admitted: "I had fun but I didn't make a 'journey'. It didn't change me."

And asked whether her stint on the programme had made her more liberal or tolerant, she said emphatically: "No."

Ann said of her time on the show: "I had three months of enormous fun and no bad memories. I used to have fun prior to the show, but this was undiluted and prolonged."

She said she would have preferred another week in the show, to get to tonight's semi-final.

"It's not a relief to be out, but I have got my life back," she added in the interview for the Graham Norton Show, to be screened on BBC1 tonight.

Earlier this week, MP David Amess put down an Early Day Motion praising his former colleague's performance on the show.

It said: "This House salutes Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke on their achievement in putting a smile on the nation's faces with their performances on Strictly Come Dancing; thanks Ann Widdecombe for representing Hon Members past and present who find dancing a challenge; and congratulates Anton Du Beke on his brilliant choreography."

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