Alesha Dixon doubts Ann's chances
'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Alesha Dixon has admitted she doesn't think Ann Widdecombe can win the BBC One show
Alesha Dixon doesn't think Ann Widdecombe can win 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
The judge - who won the BBC One show herself in 2007 - is unsure of the former politician's chances on the show but believes she makes a great contestant.
She explained: "I don't think Ann Widdecombe can win the show, but she's a better dancer than people give her credit for. She does a good job; she's added great value to the show, she's funny, witty and she doesn't take any of it too seriously.
"There's a few contestants I really like. There's more people with potential this year than last year - Pamela Stephenson looks fabulous, Scott Maslen, Kara Tointon and Matt Baker."
However, while the 32-year-old star loves her job on the show, she revealed being at the centre of the BBC ageism row after replacing 66-year-old choreographer Arlene Phillips on the judging panel was a "difficult" experience.
Alesha added to The Observer's Agenda magazine: "At the time, it was difficult to read negative things, but I knew it would pass. I knew it wasn't life or death, I knew I was capable and there were more important issues going on in the world and that got me through.
"Life's full of problems, it's how you respond to them that's the test of your character."