Ann Widdecombe salsas on in 'Strictly' as Goldie exits

Monday October 11, 2010

It was a decidedly unsexy salsa.

But Ann Widdecombe's matronly interpretation of the Latin dance earned her enough votes to keep her in for another week of Strictly Come Dancing.

The former MP sent herself up by pushing away her partner when he attempted some sexy moves.

Ann's unique take was not a hit with the judges, though.

They gave her a mere 12 points out of 40 – the lowest ever for a salsa.

"There is not one word in the English language that can describe what 10 million people just witnessed," said Craig Revel-Horwood.

She was, however, a winner with the viewers who voted to save Ann, 63, and her partner Anton Du Beke.

Instead music star Goldie became the first celebrity to leave the show.

The English DJ was awarded 26 points by the judges.

But he and partner Kristina Rihanoff were voted off, nevertheless.

This was because they landed in the bottom place when the public votes were also taken into account.

In previous series of Strictly, one duo out of the two lowest-scoring couples could be given a reprieve by the judges following a dance-off.

But a new format means the dance-off has been scrapped.

"It was a bit of a shocker, I didn’t see it coming," said the 45-year-old.

"If there had been a dance-off, the result would have been different.

"You've either got to be really bad at dancing or completely hilarious, or really good.

"There's no room for being in the middle," he added.

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