Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth has described Ann Widdecombe as "absolutely wonderful" but refused to pick out a likely winner of the ballroom reality show.
The veteran entertainer said this year's dancers were an improvement on last year's show, which was won by BBC sports reporter Chris Hollins.
He said: "We have got a much better line-up of people so I'm sure the series is going to do well.
"This year they are better characters, interesting people, and just Ann Widdecombe alone is absolutely wonderful."
He said he did not want to name a favourite performer because he had to be neutral but said the eventual winner might not be the best performer in the early stages of the show.
He said: "There are some great dancers and it is amazing how after three weeks of training how much they can improve and in the next month how they can improve again.
"Everyone should be able to do it. Dancing is a natural thing if you think about it and if you can walk you can dance.
"Mind you some people can't walk properly."
Goldie was the first celebrity to leave the show when he was voted off on Sunday and Widdecombe was saved by the public vote.
The former MP for Maidstone and the Weald treated millions of viewers to a unique version of the salsa but her perceived lack of passion or technique left her bottom of the judges' scoreboard.