Ann Widdecome 'Strictly a terrific start to retirement'

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe has described appearing in 'Strictly Come Dancing' as a ''terrific'' start to her retirement from the world of politics.

Competing in 'Strictly Come Dancing' was a "terrific" start to Ann Widdecombe's retirement.

The former Conservative minister - who bowed out of the BBC One show on Sunday (05.12.10) - admitted she only took part in the series for a bit of "fun" and never expected to become so popular with viewers.

She said: "I went on the show for fun and I've had more fun that I thought I would have. It's been a terrific start to retirement. I never expected the public reaction to be as big as it was. And I never expected to enjoy the whole experience.

"Apart from the group dance - that almost made me think I had made a mistake - the moment that I went into single training with Anton, I haven't got a single bad memory. It has been fantastic."

The 63-year-old politician - who received consistently low scores from the show's judging panel, Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood - explained she stopped caring what the judges thought of her performances and just wanted to entertain with her dancing.

Ann added to Digital Spy: "I actually found it quite funny! I was never offended.

"I think from week five, when we did the Paso Doble and I didn't put a foot wrong, the week that the judges were completely negative and Craig gave the, 'OMG' comment, I just thought, 'Actually I needn't bother'. After that, I just thought about pleasing the audience."


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