Alesha Dixon: I'm so relieved that Anne Widdecombe's off Strictly Come Dancing
Last updated at 1:58 AM on 12th December 2010
Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon says it was ‘100 per cent right’ for Ann Widdecombe to leave the show last week.
32-year-old panellist and former Strictly winner said she was
‘relieved’ the public decided to send the former Prisons Minister home
after growing tired of her clunking routines.
Alesha – who
predicted the 63-year-old ex-MP’s departure last week saying: ‘For me
the honeymoon is over’ – said: ‘It was the right time for Ann to go.
Strictly Come Dancing presenter Alesha Dixon said it was '100 per cent' right for Anne Widdecombe to leave the show
‘If she’d gone on for two weeks more then I think the public would
have turned on her. It had come to the point where it was time for the
best dancers to be in the competition.
‘No matter how many times we put her at the bottom of the
leader board – which was every week – the public are the ones that
But she also acknowledged the popularity of Ms
Widdecombe’s dances with partner Anton du Beke. Ms Dixon said: ‘When Ann
walked out on to the dance floor the crowd went crazy for her.
you have to acknowledge what she’s bringing, but at the same time
strike that balance to remember at the end we want the best dancers in
She added: ‘It was 100 per cent right she went when she did. It wasn’t frustration, more relief.’
Sent off: Ann Widdecombe with dancing partner Anton du Beke on her final show
Ms Dixon, who won Strictly in 2007, also waded into the row over
rival show The X Factor, which has been accused of ‘fixing’ its result
to keep Cher Lloyd in the competition by putting the decision in the
hands of the panel rather than the public.
She said: ‘I
always prefer it if the public decide a contestant’s fate rather than
four individuals – 11 million people is far more powerful than four
Revealing that she is an avid viewer of The X Factor, Ms
Dixon said: ‘I sit like everybody else watching it shouting at the
screen, “Deadlock! Deadlock!” because you just want to hear what the
public have to say.
'If it’s the public that decide then they’re responsible and I think that’s better.’
Miss Dixon defended herself over accusations that she has used poor grammar when speaking as a judge on Strictly.
All white on the night: Scott Maslen and Natalie Lowe danced the charleston
Critical viewers have been tallying up examples of her incorrect use
of language on online forums, but Ms Dixon hit back: ‘I am myself. You
either like me or you don’t.
'People speak in different ways. I didn’t realise there were rules on how you should speak on TV.’
night the five remaining celebrities, Gavin Henson, Scott Maslen, Matt
Baker, Kara Tointon and Pamela Stephenson danced off for a place in next
Each couple showcased three dances over a weekend of competition which kicked off on Friday night.
into the show Countryfile presenter Matt Baker remained favourite to
win, despite being marked down for his first dance, the salsa, on Friday
night to be left second from bottom on the leaderboard.
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