Ann Widdecombe's Lady Godiva entrance

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 October 2010
Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe

BBC bosses want Ann Widdecombe will make her entrance to 'Strictly Come Dancing' on horseback in the style of Lady Godvia this weekend

Ann Widdecombe could be set to make her entrance to 'Strictly Come Dancing' on horseback this weekend.

Bosses of the BBC One show are keen for the former Conservative minister to ride into the show on horseback - mimicking Lady Godiva, an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of the West Midlands town of Coventry - although Ann will not appear naked.

The plan has been devised as a way for the dance star to top last week's show, where she flew with the aid of high wires.

Bosses reportedly originally planned to have Ann - who has it written into her contract that she will not have to wear raunchy outfits or perform sexy dance moves - ride in on an elephant, but had to scale down their ambitions due to logistical and health and safety reasons.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "It would be great for her to ride in. It depends what she is up for doing. Ann is very strong minded."

However, if Ann rejects the horse, bosses are planning to have her carried in on a throne by a team of men.

Meanwhile, the dancer - who has received consistently low scores from judges Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood on the show - has vowed not to quit, and insists she can win the contest.

She told the Daily Express newspaper: "There is no reason why I can't win it. I seem to have a lot of support and viewers seemed intrigued to see what we'll do next. I'm loving it and there are still plenty of surprises to come."

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