Widdecombe vows to dance alone in countryside

Ann Widdecombe has vowed to continue dancing to an audience of cattle when she is alone in the Dartmoor countryside.

Ann Widdecombe has vowed to continue dancing to an audience of cattle when she is alone in the Dartmoor countryside.

The former MP was voted out of 'Strictly Come Dancing' at the weekend, after a disastrous performance which resulted in her being labelled "a Dalek in drag" by judge Bruno Tonioli.

Widdecombe told the Radio Times that she felt "a little sadness" at having to leave the hit BBC1 show and that she was constantly asked whether she would carry on dancing following her exit.

The 63-year-old said that there would be no further performances, apart from on the 'Strictly Come Dancing' tour next year.

But she added that when she is walking on "Dartmoor in my hiking boots, I will look down at my unpromising footwear and then all around me to make sure no-one is watching.

"Then, before the startled eyes of roaming cattle, I shall dance around the damp, uneven ground, imagining myself in a glittering gown, waltzing in the arms of Anton Du Beke," she said.

She criticised the psychobabble used by celebrities on the show who talked of their experience as a "journey".

"As Anton Du Beke remarked on one occasion, with characteristic dry wit, if we'd heard of one more journey we would have had an entire Odyssey", she said.

The former British Home Office Minister, who scored just 14 out of a possible 40 with her professional dance partner Du Beke at the weekend, said she had been up to the routines physically but that she was let down by "my memory, which... seemed incapable of recalling which step followed which step".

Widdecombe said: "In private, the judges were very different from their frosty personas on set. Craig (Revel Horwood) told me that he dreamt I was holding up the glitterball at the end of the final, but his tone suggested it was a nightmare."

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