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The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe dancing the tango during the live show of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC)

The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe dancing the tango during the live show of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC)

The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe dancing the tango during the live show of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC)

The unexpected sight of a flying Ann Widdecombe brought down the house on Strictly Come Dancing.

The former Tory MP for Maidstone and Weald became "starship Widdecombe" as she was hoisted in on a flying trapeze for a dramatic entrance to the BBC dance show.

But, despite the erratic footwork and occasionally alarming facial expressions, she soon had the audience eating out of her hand as she stomped round the dancefloor with tango partner Anton du Beke.

A defiant Widdecombe declared post dance: "You do realise the Ark Royal is being de-commissioned, I thought I would give you the flying fortress."

But apart from barbed comments by difficult to please Craig Revel Horwood, who likened her to a "dancing hippo", the other judges were mildly impressed.

Len Goodman reflected: "I thought seeing Ann Widdecombe in a truss coming down from the sky was worth 50% of the TV licence. I thought it was very well done, you did a lot of basic steps, how he can be so cruel I do not understand." And Bruno Tonioli gushed: "Truly out of this world. Was it a bird? Was it a plane? No it was starship Widdecombe."

The performance earned Widdecombe her highest mark of the series so far with 21 out of 40, but this was not still enough to move her from second bottom on the leader board.

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But it was former Blue Peter presenter Matt Baker and dance partner Aliona Vilani who put in the week's star performance with their Charleston earning a standing ovation.

The judges placed them in joint pole position for the evening with a score of 35 out of 40. Bookies favourite Scott Maslen, lies in joint first place with Baker and Vilani.

Tomorrow it will be revealed who is to be the third contestant kicked off the show.


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