Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Widdecombe takes lead for a change

Ann Widdecombe took a stroll with two donkeys to promote the charity

Strictly Come Dancing star Ann Widdecombe has finally been given the chance to take the lead.

The former MP - who is whisked around the dance floor by partner Anton du Beke on the hit BBC1 TV show - led out two donkeys to promote the charity Safe Haven For Donkeys in the Holy Land.

The 63-year-old travelled to Israel to help the charity in 2004 but in a strange twist of fate the charity's 10th anniversary dinner falls on the same night as the Strictly final - and she's hoping to miss the celebration.

"I'm terribly sorry, but I hope very much to be in the Strictly Come Dancing Final," she said.

"I've no idea whether we can win, I have no idea whether we can even get to the final - there are still three eliminations before we get to the final - we could go out any time, but I've had great fun."

Ann praised her dance partner Anton for devising their dance routines, which has seen the former MP mimic scenes from Oscar winning film Titanic, fly on wires and be dragged around the dancefloor by Anton.

"He has created TV gold, he really has, he's been fantastic, I don't don't know where it comes from, he's got a very very fertile comic imagination," she said.

She said that if she did not get to the final, her money was on Countryfile presenter Matt Baker to win.

Despite Strictly Judge Craig Revel Horwood giving the star the lowest mark possible in two successive weeks, she said off camera he was "fine".

However, she admitted: "He puts on quite an act on stage, which fair enough, that's what he there for."

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