Ann Widdecombe refuses to quit

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 November 2010
Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe has insisted she won't follow in the footsteps of John Sergeant in 2008 and quit 'Strictly Come Dancing', despite fans' fury over Jimi Mistry being booted off the show

Ann Widdecombe has insisted she won't quit 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The former Conservative minister says she won't be following in the footsteps of journalist John Sergeant, who chose to leave the BBC One show in 2008 amid relentless criticism from the judges.

Defiant Ann, 63, has explained she will remain in the competition as long as the British public want her there, despite scoring just 17 out of a possible 40 for her Charleston on Saturday night (06.11.10).

She said: "I won't take a leaf out of John Sergeant's book and quit. It would be a slap in the face to the public and terribly rude.

"No one but the public decides who stays and goes. The BBC doesn't, the judges don't, those are the rules. I'm not going to quit - as long as the public want me there I'll stay - when they don't, I'll go.

"If it was just a dance competition the show would be broadcast by BBC Sport. But it's an entertainment show. If people don't like how the public vote, it's bad luck. They should try being a politician."

Ann also defended her place on the series, saying she wasn't the only contestant who beat former 'EastEnders' star Jimi Mistry, who was eliminated from the show on Sunday night, despite having been awarded a much higher score by the judging panel.

She explained: "I wasn't the only one who beat Jimi, a lot of others did too. It wasn't my fault he was voted off."

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