Strictly Come Dancing: Ann’s time is up!

Ann Widdecombe has missed out on a place in the Strictly Come Dancing semi-finals after she became the latest victim of the public vote.

The former MP – who had attracted a loyal following despite her low scores from the judges – lasted ten weeks on the show but her luck finally ran out after she found herself in the bottom two with EastEnders star Scott Maslen.

And she was sent packing after she was revealed to have polled the lowest number of votes from viewers.

However Ann seemed almost resigned to her fate after finding herself in the bottom two, and did not seem surprised to have been voted off.

“I feel that we had a jolly good time, I would never have expected to week ten, this day was going to come,” she said.

And she also praised her long-suffering dance partner Anton du Beke. “It’s been tremendous, I’ve really had the time of my life, and this guy has been brilliant,” Ann added.

Anton was also complimentary about his partner. “I’ve had the most incredible time,” he said, “I’ve had the greatest time because of this wonderful lady.”

Ann became a huge hit with audiences and voters during her time on the show although failed to win favour with the judges. Saturday night’s show saw her score just 14 out of 40 for her American Smooth to the track Hello Dolly – the lowest score ever recorded on the show for that particular dance.

Bruno said that the routine was not so much Hello Dolly as Hello Trolley, while also suggesting that Ann looked like “a Dalek in drag”.

Her departure leaves five celebrities – Scott Maslen, Kara Tointon, Pamela Stephenson, Gavin Henson and Matt Baker – to battle it out next weekend.

Viewers can look forward to a double bill of shows for next weekend’s semi final, on Friday and Saturday – with a double elimination on next Sunday’s results show.