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Titanic dance could sink Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe is set to find out if her Strictly Come Dancing hopes have been sunk by a Titanic performance that went down as badly as the ship itself.

After cutting a rug to Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On, judges panned the performance.

"The iceberg showed more passion," was typical of the opprobrium heaped on the former parliamentarian.

The comment, by Widdecombe's tormentor-in-chief Craig Revel Horwood, was followed by a simple: "It was awful."

Fellow judges tended to agree. "I'm like a James Bond Martini - I'm shaken, not stirred," Len Goodman quipped.

It was left to Alesha Dixon to offer the only encouragement to the former MP for Maidstone and Weald. "Kate Winslet eat your heart out," the singer yelled as Widdecombe composed herself after the rumba.

But with the public seemingly reluctant to boot the ex-politician off the show, it is left to be seen if she will be kicked off the dance floor when the votes are in.

Also at risk of an early exit is Gavin Henson. The Welsh rugby star failed to impress with his performance along to Outkast's Hey Ya. "I really think you are giving Ann Widdecombe a run for her money," Revel Horwood said.

Not all of the dancing stars were subjected to criticism. Psychologist Pamela Stephenson topped the leaderboard after her cheeky Charleston gained top marks from two judges and "nines" from the others.

Goodman said of the performance: "I have got to say that tickled my fancy. I enjoyed it, you enjoyed it, we all enjoyed it."


From Belfast Telegraph