Ann Widdecombe's Strictly exit 'a relief'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 December 2010
Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe

Alesha Dixon has admitted she was ''relieved'' to see Ann Widdecombe voted off 'Strictly Come Dancing' last week

Alesha Dixon is "relieved" Ann Widdecombe was voted off 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The judge - who won the BBC One show herself in 2007 - thinks if the former Conservative minister had stayed in the competition any longer, the public would have eventually "turned on her".

She explained: "It was 100 per cent right she went when she did. It wasn't frustration, more relief. It was the right time for Ann to go.

"If she'd gone on for two weeks more then I think the public would have turned on her. It had come to the point where it was time for the best dancers to be in the competition."

However, the 32-year-old star admitted the crowd went "crazy" whenever Ann and her professional partner Anton Du Beke - who were eliminated from the show last week - hit the dance floor.

Alesha added to The Mail on Sunday newspaper: "No matter how many times we put her at the bottom of the leaderboard - which was every week - the public are the ones that decide.

"When Ann walked out on to the dance floor the crowd went crazy for her. So you have to acknowledge what she's bringing, but at the same time strike that balance to remember in the end we want the best dancers in the show."

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