Ann Widdecombe voted off Strictly Come Dancing

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe has become the ninth contestant to be voted off 'Strictly Come Dancing', but admitted she had ''the time of her life''.

Ann Widdecombe has become the ninth contestant to be voted off 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The former Conservative minister - who became a firm favourite with the public, despite receiving consistently low scores from the BBC One show's judging panel - admitted the joke was over and she was "disappointed" to go.

After becoming renowned for her hilarious dance moves, which often saw her being dragged along the floor by her professional partner Anton Du Beke, the 63-year-old claimed she had "the time of her life" on the celebrity dance contest.

She said: "I never expected to win, but I gave it my best shot and I wasn't going to give up. I had the time of my life.

"Maybe they just got bored of the jokes. Who knows? That's the nature of 'Strictly'. It was life- enhancing and so much fun."

Ann and Anton failed to make the semi-finals after the movie-themed show on Saturday night (04.12.10), which saw the pair perform a particularly disastrous routine and receive a score of just 14 out of 40 from the judges.

During their 'Hello Dolly' showcase, Du Beke managed to lift the politician into the air on three occasions, but the judges panned the performance, with Bruno Tonioli telling her she looked like "a Dalek in drag".

Alesha Dixon also warned: "I think the honeymoon is over."

After being placed in the bottom two alongside 'EastEnders' star Scott Maslen, Ann was finally voted off the show last night (05.12.10).

She will now take a break until the 'Strictly Come Dancing' tour next month, in which she will be partnered by judge Craig Revel Horwood, her fiercest critic.

Asked if she planned to carry on dancing after that, she said: "I think not."


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