Edwina Currie voted off Strictly

Edwina Currie insists she doesn't mind being the first contestant voted off `Strictly Come Dancing' - because she has been too tired for sex during training

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Edwina Currie

Edwina Currie

Edwina Currie has become the first contestant to be voted off `Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 64-year-old former MP insists she wasn't upset that she and professional partner Vincent Simone had to leave the competition after receiving fewer votes than fellow bottom-ranked couple Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe - because she had banned sex with husband John as training had left her so tired.

She said: "I always feel sexy. I don't have a problem with that. The problem in the last couple of weeks has been at the end of the day, I've been so tired all I want to do is sleep."

Edwina's foxtrot was criticised by the judges at the weekend and the politician thinks she would have fared better in the contest if she had been given sexy Latin routines instead.

She added to The Sun newspaper: "I'd have liked more dances like the tango, the salsa, the rumba - lovely. Ballroom drove me round the bend."

Edwina also laughed off claims of tension between herself and Nancy Dell'Olio, who avoided the bottom two on viewer votes, despite being ranked last on the judges' scores.

She said: "Nancy's fine, I'm happy for her. She's having a ball and that is lovely. There is not a smidgeon of rivalry. It's all complete fabrication -as far as I know."

However, Nancy is said to have gloated over Edwina's departure and is now determined to win.

She reportedly told pals: "It's one down and 12 more to go. I couldn't be happier."

A source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "She's delighted to have escaped the chop - she was a bit worried when the judges scores came up.

"She has been determined to beat Edwina throughout and never saw her as a major threat in the competition.

"But now she's gunning for the rest of the celebrity dancers - she's had a few unlucky outings but behind the scenes she believes she has got what it takes to go all the way."

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