Sunday, November 28, 2010

Strictly Come Dancing: Widdy takes to the waves as she thrills crowd with Titanic-themed routine

By Natalie Wain

Eat your heart out Kate: Anne Widdecombe turned out yet another hilarious performance as she attempted a Titanic-themed rhumba on last night's Strictly Come Dancing

'There are three types of people left in this competition - the good the bad and the Widdy', declared a confident Anne Widdecombe at start of last night's Strictly Come Dancing.

And after being likened to a yellow canary, all eyes were on this year's underdog to see how on earth she could top last week's toe-curling performance.

The outfit may have been toned down and there were definitely no feathers, but Widdy thrilled the Striclty audience as she and dance partner Anton Du Beke channeled Kate Winslet and Leonado Dicaprio in the film Titanic with their rendition of a raunchy rhumba.

In what could loosely be described as her her most 'passionate' performance to date, the usually reserved Anne even locked Anton in a romantic embrace, planting her hands firmly on his chest, drawing cheers and laughter form the delighted audience.

Although she remained largely wooden and immobile throughout most of her routine,
Anne threw caution to the wind for the dance finale as she and Anton collapsed in a heap on the floor, locked in a passionate embrace.

Look familiar? Anne Widdecombe would be the first to admit that she's no Kate Winslet but she did her best to re-create the romantic scene from Titanic with dance partner Anton Du Beke

Emotionally charged? Well almost. Anne 'Widdy' Widdecombe evokes the romantic scene from Titanic where Kate Winslet and Leonado Dicaprio's characters share a tender moment

The judges were less than moved by their watery-themed efforts though.

A stony-faced Craig said her performance was passionless and said: 'that iceberg showed more emotion'.

It was 'a testament to bad dancing', he added before awarding her a measly 1 point.

Passionate: Usually reserved Widdy got to grips with dance partner Anton as they tried to evoke the romance of Titanic

Len was equally uncomplimentary, declaring that he was 'shaken not stirred' by their routine.

'Eat your heart out Kate', said a more generous Alesha Dixon, before adding cheekily: 'I could really see genuine love between you'.

But the plucky politician still managed a respectable 14 points, beating her cringe-worthy performance from last week.

Embrace: Anne and Anton were largely derided by the judges for their performance, but the audience were delighted by their efforts and they still managed to beat last week's score with a respectable 14 points (for Widdy anyway)

Meanwhile, the other contestants continued to soar ahead of Anne in the points stakes - she's currently languishing at the bottom of the leaderboard.

First up this week was EastEnders star Kara Tointon who danced an energetic version of the jive with her partner Artem Chigvinstsev, who guided Kara to a healthy score of 34, despite recovering from tonsillitis.

Energetic: The judges were impressed by Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvinstsev jive which earned them 30 points

An enthusiastic Bruno told her that she lit up the room, and called her 'Kara Von Teese'.

Judge Craig praised their precise attention to detail but drew boos from the audience when declared that the routine was 'haphazard', before awarding them 7 points.

Last week's survivor Patsy Kensit and her dance partner Robin Windsor were next, performing a smoldering Argentine tango.

Patsy danced through a foot injury but the pair were criticised by Bruno for their lack of 'spunk', whilst Craig told her they 'lacked flair and attacked'. 'But it did have intent and purpose and I think you that danced very well' he conceded. They scored 30 points.

Surviving: Patsy Kensit smoldered with dance partner Robin Windsor during their Argentine tango. They scored a healthy 30 points

Exhausted Eastenders star Scott Maslen got off to a rocky start with the American smooth making errors with his fancy footwork. He and dance partner Natalie Lowe still managed to score 31 points after recovering well.

'You're a class act', Len told him, 'but you didn't do yourself justice tonight'.

Smooth operator: Scott Maslen and partner Natalie Lowe recovered well from a rocky start and were awarded 31 points by the judges

Shake it: Jude Craig was unimpressed by Gavin Henson's bottom wiggle during his routine with partner Katya Virshilas and scored a disappointing 22 points

Next it was Gavin Henson's turn who danced the jive with his partner Katya Virshilas. It was a largely wooden performance which saw Gavin approach the judges to wiggle his bottom at them in his very tight tartan trousers at one stage during the routine.

Unimpressed, Craig told him: 'That bottom wiggle was completely unneccesary. It smacks of desperation and I think you're giving Anne Widdecombe a run for her money.'

The tanned rugby star only managed 22 points out of a possible 40.

In a spin: Intense: Popular couple Matt Baker and partner Aliona Vilani dazzled with their emotionally charged rendition of the American smooth but it was Pamela Stephenson and partner James Jordan who stole the show with an age-defying acrobatic routine that earned them 38 points, the highest score of the night

Matt Baker and partner Aliona Vilani dazzled with an emotionally charged American smooth. The chemistry between the two was palpable and they pulled-off a number of flamboyant moves with apparent ease earning them a standing ovation from the delighted audience.

Alesha was booed when she said that she found the pair disappointing.

Len agreed, telling him: 'Normally you're really good, tonight you were nearly good...there was just something missing tonight.'

But the best performance of the night was definitely saved till last when Pamela Stephenson defied her 60 years of age to give an acrobatic performance that wowed the judges and the crowd alike.

She performed a very cheeky charleston with partner James Jordan, incorporating cartwheels and even the splits into their energetic routine which won them universal praise from the judges.

Energetic: Pamela Stephenson won praise from the judges for her age-degying routine which delighted the audience. Pamela will celebrate her 61st birthday next week

Even Craig was excited by their performance, telling them: 'It was risky, perilous lifts, performed without any trepidation, I loved it.'

Alesha agreed: 'It was the best dance of the night' she said.

The pair were rewarded with incredible 38 points - the highest score of the night.

It remains to be seen if Widdy will be saved again. The results show will be shown later on Sunday night.


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