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Widdecombe voted out

Posted on December 6, 2010

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0009_ann_webAnn Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke became the ninth couple to leave “Strictly Come Dancing” this weekend.

Their American Smooth was awarded just 14 points by the judges, the lowest score any couple has had for this dance in the history of the programme. The couple have also achieved the lowest ever scores for the Charleston, the foxtrot, the salsa and the samba.

Widdecombe went cheerfully, admitting that she wasn’t up to the standard of the other remaining contestants. Scott Maslen, who had joined her in the bottom two this week, had scored 35. “It would have been a travesty if I had stayed and Scott had gone out,” Widdecombe told The Sun. “It would have been quite wrong. Scott is a dancer and I’m not.” She admitted that she was disappointed to leave the competition.

Widdecombe will appear on this year’s “Strictly” tour, where she will dance with judge Craig Revel Horwood, who has been her harshest critic on the judging panel.

For views and analysis, see “Strictly Speaking”, Marianka Swain’s blog of the new series.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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