Ann Widdecombe: Strictly Come Dancing isn't a dance competition

Ann Widdecombe

Former MP Ann Widdecombe has said that Strictly Come Dancing isn't a dance competition, just an entertainment show. The controversial Strictly star made the comments on Lorraine this morning on ITV1, adding that she and partner Anton du Beke would be going for the win on the show.

Ann Widdecombe said this morning: "Let's be logical about it, if it was a dance competition you would never begin with Ann Widdecombe and Kara Tointon in the same competition. You wouldn't do it.

"If it was a dance competition, you would start with evenly matched people and that would be incredibly tedious."

She added: "It's entertainment - and we're competing in entertainment."

Asked whether she thought she could win the BBC reality show, Ann replied: "I'd love to think so but I'm not that convinced. But we are trying our best, we'll go for it!

"Nothing depends on this for me, I'm not re-launching my career or anything, I'm just having fun."

She added: "I do wish I had put a bet on myself when I was still 150/1!"