Widdecombe favourite for 'Strictly' crown

Ann Widdecombe has become the surprise bookmakers' favourite to win 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Ann Widdecombe has become the surprise bookmakers' favourite to win 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The former UK Conservative Party minister now stands at odds of 12-1 to win the BBC One show after a series of hilarious performances, which have seen her fly onto the dance floor by high wire and dragged across the floor by her professional partner Anton Du Beke.

However, when the dancing series began betting shops were offering odds of 150-1 on Widdecombe - who has consistently scored very low marks from the judges - winning.

Another of the show's contestants, Jimi Mistry, admitted he feels Widdecombe deserves to win because of all the hard work she is putting in.

He told the Daily Express newspaper: "Ann is amazing. She keeps herself to herself very much and just works hard. Everyone else is running around and bantering but Ann is very quiet and is sitting in a corner.

"She's very calm and I do think she could win. If she wins, she'd deserve it. It's a show about entertainment and dancing and this year the public rightly have their say in who wins."

A spokesman for Coral bookmakers claimed that Widdecombe is now "the only one being seriously backed to win" the show at this stage.

Despite her jovial attitude towards the show, the 63-year-old politician has it written into her 'Strictly Come Dancing' contract that she will not be forced to wear any revealing outfits.

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