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Ann Widdecombe gamely attempted to wipe the floor of the Strictly Come Dancing competition with a defiant Paso Doble

Ann Widdecombe gamely attempted to wipe the floor of the Strictly Come Dancing competition with a defiant Paso Doble

Ann Widdecombe gamely attempted to wipe the floor of the Strictly Come Dancing competition with a defiant Paso Doble

Ann Widdecombe gamely attempted to wipe the floor of the Strictly Come Dancing competition on Saturday night with a defiant Paso Doble routine featuring an array of lifts, spins and drags.

But her valiant efforts to impersonate the bullfighter's cape with steps set to The Troggs' Wild Thing left her bottom of the judges' leaderboard and likened to a domestic vacuum cleaner.

Dressed in a Spanish-style yellow ruffled dress and red shawl, the former Tory MP for Maidstone and Weald was deftly spun around in the arms of partner Anton du Beke and then across the BBC show's dance floor.

After the pair's performance, which won a standing ovation from the studio audience, singer and judge Alesha Dixon said: "A humble entrance Ann, the only criticism I have at the moment is the counting out loud, try doing that in your head. You walked around without much conviction and Anton was dragging you around like an appliance. It's like you were a Hoover or something, but it was very entertaining."

Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli declared the routine "heavy", adding: "I don't think I'll ever recover from that ending."

Craig Revel Horwood said: "I only have three letters my love - OMG."

Head judge Len Goodman added: "It's a bit like going up the motorway and there's been an accident, you don't really want to watch, but you can't help yourself."

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Just before being awarded 16 points from the judges - the lowest of the night - Widdecombe said: "Do you know that's the only dance where I've got every step right and the miseries didn't even mention it."

It was left to fellow contestant and EastEnders actor Scott Maslen and his partner Natalie Lowe to cast a spell over the audience and judges alike with their Viennese Waltz during Strictly's fright night.

Their slick dance routine picked up three 10s from Dixon, Tonioli and Goodman, giving them 39 points and a place at the top the leaderboard.


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