Introducing Strictly Come Dancing…

What is it? Who's in it? And why does former contestant Ann Widdecombe love it so much?

What is it? The ultimate in shiny floor entertainment, Strictly waltzed into the hearts of the nation ten years ago by bringing together celebrities and the glamorous world of competitive ballroom dancing. Inviting Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith to take to the floor this year embraced the Olympic spirit perfectly, making it the best year yet


Who’s in it? Presented by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell

Where is it? BBC1

Highlight: Take your pick between Lisa Riley surprising everyone, including herself, by jumping into the splits at Wembley, Victoria Pendleton flying through the sky on a bicycle or Louis Smith combining his Olympic medal-worthy pommel horse skills with a sensual rumba in the final

Why I love Strictly – Ann Widdecombe

Why do you love Strictly Come Dancing? I love Strictly Come Dancing because it is pure entertainment, ranging from breath-taking skill to uproarious comedy and from elegance to acrobatics. Throw in some glitter, sprinkled liberally over all age groups, ball gowns and repartee with the judges and it is an irresistible mix.

Where do you normally watch it and with whom? I watch it at home on Dartmoor by a roaring fire, glass of something jolly in front of me, nuts and crisps to the right. With whom? With my best company – myself.

What was your favourite moment from the last series? Lisa doing the splits, although I did squawk in alarm because I thought she was going to rupture herself.

Have you kept dancing since your appearance on the show? Kept dancing? I never was dancing! Just entertaining. Yes, I dance with Craig in panto and with Anton occasionally for charity. Once I danced with Peter Mandelson, who was magnificent. He should have made that, rather than government, his career.


Favourite dance? The Paso Doble. It has this wonderful step called the Appel, which is essentially just a full stop. So, if you are on the wrong foot you have that moment to get back on the right one.