Ann Widdecombe 'a joke too far'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 September 2010
Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe

Former 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Arlene Phillips has blasted ex-Home Office minister Ann Widdecombe - who is appearing on this year's show - saying she is ''a joke too far''

Arlene Phillips has blasted 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant Ann Widdecombe as "a joke too far".

The 67-year-old choreographer - who was replaced by Alesha Dixon on the judging panel of the BBC One show in 2009 - has said she doubts the former Home Office minister, 62, will be "as interesting" as former BBC political journalist John Sergeant, who appeared in the show in 2008.

Arlene said: "She looks as though she's eaten too many bagels. I don't know whether she'll be as interesting as John or last as long. She could be somebody who people get bored with very quickly, a joke too far."

The former judge also blasted rugby ace Gavin Henson - who recently split from long-term girlfriend Charlotte Church - saying he looked "unhappy" on the launch of 'Strictly Come Dancing', and will live to regret appearing on the show.

She added to Hello! magazine: "He's going to regret this. When I saw him on the launch show, 'unhappy' was the word that sprang to mind. He looks frozen."

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