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BBC Emily BBC Emily | 15:58 UK time, Wednesday, 13 October 2010

I heart Team A² - Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke 

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We're loving Ann and Anton, aka.......Team A² (a little team name chosen by Ann herself)!

If you want to show your support for this couple during the series, there's no better place for it!

Not only can you discuss all things 'Team A²' by posting your comments below, you can also find useful links to Ann-and-Anton-related-dancing-shenanigans! So don't be a 'square', show some Strictly for Team A²!

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PLEASE NOTE: This blog is an area for fans of Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke to share their enthusiasm and show their support for Team A². Overly-negative and critical posts will be removed as Off-Topic.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Last week's dance was genius. When Anton ripped open his shirt and wiggled towards Ann it was TV gold.

    I have watched that dance many, many times and it makes me smile.

    Thank you Ann, Anton and the choreographers.

    Wonderful wonderful telly.


  • Comment number 2.

    Go THE WID what a fab u lus dance tonight !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR MY FAVOURITES xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Comment number 3.

    Pure entertainment and done with the spirit of the competition too - showing that anyone can do their best and try to learn to dance. Well done Ann and bravo Anton - you are a true professional.

  • Comment number 4.

    Anton is wonderful this year isn't he? He really does seem to be having fun - when everybody thought that he'd drawn the short straw too!!

    I do hope we get to see the dance they are preparing for next week.

    (Fingers crossed.)

  • Comment number 5.

    Ann, You were great last night. Looking forward to seeing you next weekend. Hoping that you are voted back tonight.
    Best Wishes from the congregation of St Marys, Old Malton up in North Yorkshire.

  • Comment number 6.

    Well done Anne. It was a dance.

  • Comment number 7.

    I am "surprisingly" waiting and looking forward to seeing Anne & Anton..Not sure what else is happening with Strictly as I am an ardent supporter and would normally vote and look forward to the best dancers...not this year it's Anne & Anton who are entertaining me...Thank You!!& Good Luck....

  • Comment number 8.

    I have broken the habit of a lifetime and voted for a Tory Politician.
    (Okay, ex-politician strictly speaking)but Ann and Anton are wonderful.
    As far as entertainment value is concerned they are TV gold and Ann really does seem to be enjoying herself. Well Done to both Ann and Anton!

  • Comment number 9.

    Ann and Anton are my favs :)

    I love anton to bits and i SOOOO wanna dance wth him!!!!!!

    Quickstep -genious!! Love YOU!!!!! :D

  • Comment number 10.

    Well done Ann and Anton!!!!!!!

    Keeeeeeeep Dancing!!!

  • Comment number 11.

    Anton remains the doyen of the male professionals, and the only one who could work successfully with Ann. I do mean successfully, because so far they have been hugely entertaining, unlike a number of potentially better dancers. I hope they stay with us for many weeks as SCD needs entertainers and personalities!
    Best to team A2!

  • Comment number 12.

    Great woman giving it a good go!! would not expect any less from Ann pity she is not also still in politics!

  • Comment number 13.

    Am absolutely loving this partnership. The anticipation of the charleston this week is almost too much to bare.Can't wait to see how Anton choreographs this but am sure it will be pure genius and Ann will deal with it beautifully.

    Love you Anton xxx

  • Comment number 14.

    I'm going on holiday on Wednesday, so thank the Lord for this BBC Page where I can catch up when I get back in November. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Ann and Anton will still be entertaining us all.Ann is certainly one gutsy lady and Anton is the perfect partner for her, a perfect gent, with a sense of humour. Lucky Ann!!

  • Comment number 15.

    So it's the Charleston is it?

    How wonderful.

    Go Team Widdebeke go!!!!


  • Comment number 16.

    It's wonderful to watch someone actually learning how to dance and not just to see someone learning routines. Ann & Anton give value for money and are thoroughly entertaining and seem to be having more fun than anyone else!

  • Comment number 17.

    Could be me that's wrong, but I thought it was the Tango for our favourites this Saturday. Can anyone clear this up?
    Tought you were both brill on IT2; best for Saturday!

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi gorscot

    You are correct it is the Tango this week.I wrongly assumed that because they did ballroom last weekend they couldn't be doing the Tango this week and so that left them with the Charleston. Would have loved to see Ann doing the charleston and who knows that treat may yet be ours but it the training video tonight was anything to go by the tango looks good to.

  • Comment number 19.

    In spite of the fact that Ann is not the best dancer in the competition, I have actually really enjoyed watching her! She has improved, and looking at her tango training, she also appears to have lost a bit of weight! I'd like to see a tango to rival John Seargent's famous paso doble!

  • Comment number 20.

    Anton, I love u to bits. I read that Anton likes the theatre, cinema, and eating out at posh restaurants. "Basically I like anything grand." Well I like the the theatre, cinema, your the perfect gent and perfect date,

  • Comment number 21.

    Dear Ann & Anton
    Another good wind up this week, much better thought out than the shimmy behind the veil on last week's ITT.
    Several bloggers have bitten that you are going to use the flying wire like the Ice Dancers do on the unmentionable opposition; but I have faith in your professionalism and ethical attitude towards SCD.
    Knowing that Ann likes to put some spin on her performance and that the spin is the most dangerous flying manoeuvre to carry out, then I am sure that you would not get your implied routine past Health & Safety.
    Ann, I have not voted for you yet, but you were on the short list for most improved last week because you took the DuBeke by the hands and got on with dancing.
    Keep up the good work; it is very motivating to see how much you have improved.
    Keeeep Dancing!!!

  • Comment number 22.

    So I am not the only one who thinks the wire was a spoof! Seriously A&A we are all looking forward to a unique interpretation, and fun, fun,fun! If we all vote and keep you in till next week what can we look forward to in the Halloween Special? SPOOKY!
    Best for Saturday.

  • Comment number 23.

    Brilliant! What fun, what entertainment! Well done to you both. Len was spot-on, both with his comments and score. As for Craig, ignore him, which is more than his behaviour deserves!

  • Comment number 24.

    Loved it. I laughed out loud. Well done. Briliiant

  • Comment number 25.

    Your dance tonight will go down in entertainment history. You've taken all the snooty stiffness out of competition dancing and thrown it into the traditionalists faces. If anyone can make dancing look enjoyable and fun, you can. Now, just keep Craig laughing and we'll all be with you.

  • Comment number 26.

    Anton and Widdi, I so love your dancing. You are such fun and laughter that you bring to the audience. We love it simply because it is entertainment and seeing other dancers who strive to be perfect is a competition that is an aim of this programme, but we do need a break and enjoy seeing you enjoy yourselves. Anton seem to be having the time of his life dancing with Anne because it is so unconventional and full of the joys of life. Anne brings light and happiness to the Strictly no wonder everyone loves you. If you don't make it to the top five you should carry on just for the sake of entertainment alone.

  • Comment number 27.

    Well done Ann and Anton!

  • Comment number 28.

    So pleased you made it through again this week.Cannot wait to see what you have planned for the halloween special and how you fit a bungee jump into your routine.

    Don't pay any attention to CRH......you just keep entertaining us like you have been doing.It is a joy to see two people having so much fun and still putting in a performance to be proud of.

  • Comment number 29.

    Sometimes when I read some of the comments on these forums about how good Ann is I just close my eyes ,scratch my little old empty head and ask myself if I've really just read what I thought I'd read.

    Nice enough lass .(don't be fooled by the aged, wizzened and grizzled looks though -she's not that old that she should get the sympathy vote!).Can't dance very well. Tries VERY hard (like everyone else). I admit she's amusing but somehow she can't stop being a politician even on this Saturday night entertainment programme. Always has the first AND the last word. I KNOW......."it's only an entertainment show. It's not meant to be serious "!!

    How long will she be in ? Wait for it. There are some very good dancers going to disappear at her expense in the coming weeks. The great British public will make sure of that. It's their inborn sense of fair play you see.

    Me ? I'm really past caring. It will,after all,be the LAST SCD.

  • Comment number 30.

    I'm sorry.....I thought this was a blog for FANS of Ann & Anton so how on earth did post no 29 get on here.
    It says at the top of the page that any negative or critical posts will be removed so bye-bye Fiddler.

    There are plenty of other places on this site for you to post your negativity....this is our happy place so please don't spoil it.

    Ann & Anton will stay in for as long as we choose to vote for them and if I have my way will lift the glitter ball this year.

  • Comment number 31.

    We loved your dance on Saturday night.

    We both cried with laughter!

    We are so looking forward to see what you will be doing on Saturday night with "Bungy Jumping".
    Please keep the fun coming!

    Its take off for "Starship Widdecombe"

  • Comment number 32.

    Ann your arrival by wire on Saturday night was like the 1st Airborne Division landing at Arnhem and they lasted longer than expected as well.
    Seriously though you looked terrified and I don't blame you as it must have taken some guts to make that entrance.
    That is not to say that I totally approve of your entertaining use of the wire but it was innovative and I actually thought that CRH's reference to Fantasia could be turned into a compliment. If you have not watched it recently then hire a copy and do so, then you will see what I mean.
    Anton, you are having more bright ideas than the Generals who planned D-Day, but I can assure you that when in hold Ann seems to follow you well.
    The trouser suit was a good idea and there have been several suggestions about corsets which may help Miss Scarlett.
    Chins up and Keeeep Dancing!!!

  • Comment number 33.

    Ann and Anton are wonderful! Really entertaining. This world needs more morals like Ann's although this doesn't make her staid - she is clearly having fun! Anton is proving to be the true gentleman we all knew he was anyway.You can almost see the gentle guidance he gives Ann through the dance and whereas she was leading the first week, she looks to his direction now. What a gorgeous man. If only I were famous enough to dance with him. Keep going team A* - We need proper family entertainment such as this on Saturday nights.

  • Comment number 34.

    Sorry "No 30" . I consider myself well and truly and deservedly slapped on the wrist !! It's the way the "old" UK's going isn't. Keep your opinion's to yourself if they don't agree with mine.

    By the way would someone give me the definition of "forum". In my, admittedly not brilliant dictionary......"a place for public discussion"

    ...... I did say "she tries VERY hard"........sorreeee.....won't do it again....

  • Comment number 35.

    Okay Fiddler...apology accepted...just make sure you don't do it again :)

    It's not that I can't appreciate another persons point of view.What a boring place it would be if we all liked the same things.It's just that I like to visit this blog because I know I won't end up feeling I have to stand up for Ann and Anton cos we all agree on how great they are.

    Right...lecture over.....lets all think "happy" from now on.

  • Comment number 36.

    Again a great performance well done. Most entertaining. The only issue is that your high wire act will be trawled out for the remainder of time - but its great to be seen having fun being silly. Give us another fun routine next week and we will all be cheering you on.
    Go for it babe!
    Congregation, St Mary's Old Malton N. Yorks.

  • Comment number 37.

    When I saw Anton and Ann had been paired up, I was quite annoyed because of the height difference, but it has turned out to be a match made in heaven as they seem to be very suited to each other in terms of personality.

    Also, I think Ann's costumes and styling have improved in the last two weeks. The Spanish lady hair-style of the last two weeks looks well on her, and that trouser/top outfit was very snazzy. Just because you're not young and skinny, doesn't mean you can't look good.

  • Comment number 38.

    Ann (or "A-Wid" to use her "gangsta" name) is running this series of Strictly. That winch routine was priceless. All it lacked was her landing on Craig...

  • Comment number 39.

    I saw on IT2 tonight that Erin has now formed an alliance and will be supporting your cause; at this rate you will have more supporters than Temujin!
    You have already won the competition according to the Yahoo SCD poll leading the field by 19% (70,066)of the vote (361,413 polled)being a clear 2% ahead of Kara Tointon with 17% (59,718). Obviously you are bringing joy and happiness to a lot of viewers.
    Of course we all know the Benjamin Disraeli quotation about statistics, however Anton has a strong Fan Club too and with supporters like 'anton4ever' out there you may pull it off yet.
    Whatever you do, don't weaken but keep your chin up and carry on improving your game whilst making more Strictly History.
    Good Luck and Keeeep Dancing!!!
    PS Is it Paso Quidditch or Broomstick Doble this week, I am not quite sure?

  • Comment number 40.

    I loved th eoutfit ann had on for her high wire act. At last the designers were making something attractive for her - not squashing her into old fashioned granny clothes.

    It is great to see the fun element given equal weight with the dancing. I reckon Anton will have a pilished partner in the end as Ann is making such efforts to learn the dances.

    Amd is it just me or were we all primed to believe that Ann would not be able to dance in the run up tp this year'sshow?

  • Comment number 41.

    I can't believe I'm cheering for A2 (as a woman priest and labour member) but you are both wonderful! keep going.

    And Ann - where did you get the wonderful jacket you wore on Monday in it takes 2?

  • Comment number 42.

    Hi,we met Anton and Ann today at the dance studios they were rehearsing in. My daughter Cara was doing her modern and tap exams with her dance buddies. I would just like to say how lovely they were giving up their time to take photos and autographs with them, they both were very kind and friendly to everyone. Ann was very sweet and wished the children good luck. Please vote for Ann and Anton. Please also send on our thanks to them, they were truly fab!! Thank you.

  • Comment number 43.

    Well A woman with no demands no prima donna moods just a woman trying her best to entertain and she is taking this show to new heights.
    Bless you Ann for providing such fulfilling entertainent during such economic depression.
    I look forward to this Saturday I really do
    Thankyou both

  • Comment number 44.

    The training this week looks fab! They've both worked so hard to produce a dance which is true to form ( and in practice looks so much better than JS's did!). Way to go - we'll be voting on Saturday night. It's so nice to see a couple really enjoying each other's company, and giving us such great entertainment each week. Ignore the critics Ann - we think you're great!

  • Comment number 45.

    Good Luck Ann & Anton, the training looks as though it is really paying dividends.
    Mind you don't hurt anyone when you swing in on the Phantom's Chandelier!
    Keeeep Dancing!!!

  • Comment number 46.

    Brilliant dance tonight! Anton - you are a star with your great choreography playing to Ann's strengths.

    What a shame the judges didn't notice Ann's footwork tonight? Might have been because the dress was so hideous though....Ann, please get the wardrobe to give you something flattering to wear rather than a twirly toilet roll cover!!

    Keep dancing.......

  • Comment number 47.

    Loving every moment of your performances on Strictly; for sheer entertainment value you are unbeatable! Anton, how about bringing Ann with you on tour to Glasgow in February; not instead of the lovely Erin, but as well as!
    Keep Dancing, all the way to December!

  • Comment number 48.

    Beautiful costume last night, impressive footwork and great lifts. And very wise to leave all the hallowe'en horror stuff for grumpy Craig to provide. Lend him one of your frocks and he might endear to you more!

  • Comment number 49.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 50.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 51.

    Very unhappy with the personal insults used by s1efan at 49, but then if Revel Horwood is allowed to get away with such demeaning insults it is inevitable others will follow his appalling example. Such terms are not clever or witty and say much about those who use them!
    Keep Dancing Ann and Anton

  • Comment number 52.

    It says at the top of this blog that this is for fans of Ann and Anton and negative or critical comments will be removed..moderators do your job please.

    So s1efan, while you are welcome to your opinion, don't come on here to express it.There are plenty of other blogs where people are only to happy to criticise and make personal comments about Ann and Anton so please feel free to visit one of them to spread your personal insults.

    Ann and Anton for the glitterball.

  • Comment number 53.

    Ann and Anton are a real tonic. Their Paso Doble was a marvellous piece of entertainment and done me the world of good. I am very ill and in great deal of pain. I nearly fell off the sofa laughing. Keep it up you two.

  • Comment number 54.

    Well I must say that I never expected to see Ann leaping like that - I was impressed. Not so certain about the very last move - or the dress - but I'm still loving their appearances.

    Well done Ann and Anton!

  • Comment number 55.

    I'm sure Ann is a great lady and all, but this is really becoming a joke. Its merely a repeat of john sargeant! People are voting, but at the expense of losing other great couples! Enough is enough!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 56.

    Yeah!! Still in!! Well done to Anton & Ann for another great dance. Anton's choreography has been SOOO GOOD! The "floor sweeping" tonight was a very good "tongue in cheek" reference to JS's paso.... can't wait for next week. Let's hope they notice how much Ann has improved?

    Keep dancing.....

  • Comment number 57.

    i'm confused but no matter how hard i look, anne does not remind me of john sargeant, and neither does anton.

    keep going anne and don't listen to the haters (yes you craig)

    keeeeeeeeeppppp dancing

  • Comment number 58.

    Charleston next week.Gonna be brilliant.

    Hope Ann doesn't let all the negative comments on the other blogs dent her confidence.

    Ann,we love you and Anton just the way you are.

  • Comment number 59.

    comment 55 Yorkshiresarah

    what other great couples?

  • Comment number 60.

    I note that Ann Widdecombe's enthralled supporters expect nothing but simpering and heaped praise on Ann Widdecome's unsuccessful attempt at any suggestion of dancing. However, Strictly is either truly a dance competition or a comedy act? Most competitors obviously treat it very seriously as can be gauged by their attitude and I'm sure expect to progress biased on their ability, and would never say so, but don't expect to put the effort in only to have their place taken by someone who has absolutely no dancing ability whatsover.Those who mention others as being square who offer any slight suggestion of criticism are joking. Don't they realise Strictly, like the Generation Game, explains why the BBC is called Auntie!

  • Comment number 61.

    I always felt that the point of striclty was to reward improvement and I feel that while Anne may never be a pro dancer she certainly has improved every week!!!Mean while others, while perhaps technically better as well as being fitter or younger or both have remained stagnant.

    I don't believe Anne and Anton will, or should, win but there are few other obvious non winners who can go out before they do in my opinion.

    I think Anne is a fantastic ambassidor of dancing as an activity for enjoyment, fitness and health. The physical change in her since the very first show is astounding!! she seems more flexible, more co-ordinated, more vibrant and, is it possible, she even seems taller!!!

    Anne you have my vote!!! Keeeeep Dancing

    Anton have always loved you, always will

  • Comment number 62.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 63.

    Great stuff Ann - keep going girl!

  • Comment number 64.

    Oh Yipee, I'm full of glee,
    Team Widdibeke's still in , you see,
    Despite that wretched Horwood bloke,
    Whose attitude is just a joke;
    The public love you, that's what counts,
    And that despite the large amounts,
    Of drivel that CRH spouts;
    So Anne and Anton have no doubts,
    We'll keep you there, or thereabouts,
    With claps and cheers and laughs and shouts;
    For surely swings and roundabouts,
    Dictate that there must come the day,
    Du Beke takes the glitterball away!

  • Comment number 65.

    gorscot (post 64)

    Well done on your poetic support, I wish that I had your talents.

    Personally I have not voted for Ann & Anton yet, for although they show continous improvement, enthusiasm and choreographic innovation I have always preferred other routines to theirs.
    However, like you I wish that other so called fans of SCD would wind their necks in and stop trying 'Bully Boy' tactics on Ann & Anton.
    They are playing the game to their advantage in a sporting manner, Ann is enthusiastic and trying hard as usual to succeed. She is holding her own in the Schoolyard name calling competitions, usually scoring pre-emptive strikes on her detractors.
    I may not be in sympathy with all of your sentiments but I admire your dedication and loyalty to Ann & Anton, keep up the good work.
    Keeeep Dancing!!!

  • Comment number 66.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 67.

    When they first put Ann & Anton together I really felt sorry for Anton, but now I really look forward to watching them.

    Ann is improving each week and they seem to have so much fun and they take me a long with them.

    I know they must leave the show at some point, but not yet please.

  • Comment number 68.

    Really looking forward to a Charleston next Saturday, good luck to them both.

  • Comment number 69.

    I have had my comment removed, all I said was I did not see an improvement and Anton does all the work.

  • Comment number 70.

    I have had my comment removed too.Guess you have to be fans of A+A to be posted. Still cant understand why it is removed after it has passed the moderator.

  • Comment number 71.

    Dear Vita 1956 and tippytappy

    This blog is for fans of Ann & Anton and it clearly states at the top of the page that "overly negative or critical posts will be removed" and I suspect this is the reason your comments have been removed although I can see at least 2 posts still on here that I would class as critical.

    Whilst I agree everyone is entitled to there own opinion there are plenty of other blogs on this web-site to post these comments.

  • Comment number 72.

    Ann you are absolutely wonderful - you are a west country lass like myself - you are the only mp that i listened to over the years - you are doing so well at the dancing please carry on doing the good work - anton is a great partner for you and by the look of it you enjoy dancing with him - please stay there till the end i will lose interest if you are voted off! you are a great lady take care!

  • Comment number 73.

    Looking forward to your Charleston on Saturday. Good luck to you both, and I hope the judges notice the improvement in Ann's dancing this time.

    Keep dancing.......

  • Comment number 74.

    Dear Anton4eva,
    My comment was not overtly negative/critical, as it was, in the fuller version, very much in praise of Anton.

  • Comment number 75.

    Dear Vita 1956

    In that case I have no idea why you were modded....although moderation does seem to be a bit haphazard on these blogs.
    Some posts which appear to break the rules stay whilst others which seem ok get taken off.
    Suspect it depends on who is moderating.

  • Comment number 76.

    Ann and Anton are so entertaining. Good, clean, happiness.
    What a wonderful partner for Ann. Ann should be dressed in
    outfits of one colour, as two colours, shorten her.
    Good luck to you both, Looking forward to Sat.nights now
    Wish I was as fit as Ann. How does she run up those stairs
    so effortlessly. Marvellous!!

  • Comment number 77.

    Ann is in the same age group as Pamela and Felicity.Go on guys, remove this post.

  • Comment number 78.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 79.

    Tippytappy, this blog is for Ann and Anton fans - have you read the note from the host when he started this blog?

    You have this whole site on which to moan - this area is for fans.

    It's a very simple concept.

  • Comment number 80.

    Anton has always been my hero and if he can get someone like Anne to do what she,s doing now ,all I can say is well,done,you.I agree with the blogger who said Anne is looker fitter .She looks great ,but please wardrobe,give her something nice to wear. Maybe we could do with gok to help out?????
    Anne,,,keep up the good work girl.

  • Comment number 81.

    The pink top with trousers was lovely though wasn't it? Much much better than last week's 'lampshade' outfit.

    Ann and Anton's Salsa is one of my favourite dances of all time. I watch it nearly every day to raise a smile.


    Anton is perfect with her.


  • Comment number 82.

    What about constructive criticism from a non-Fan? Alright then

  • Comment number 83.

    It's not a discussion blog, it's an appreciation blog.

    Any sort of criticism really doesn't belong here - the show and results blogs are still going strong, that's the place for criticism (constructive or otherwise).


  • Comment number 84.

    I do hope the Charleston goes down well. It's a dance of two equals so it's a good chance for Ann to dance with and not for Anton. Give him a run for his money! Most of all, enjoy it. It's seeing how much fun you have that makes all the effort that goes into dancing worthwhile. Good luck.

  • Comment number 85.

    Just popped on to wish you both the best for Saturday. As the song says, 'That's Entertainment'!
    Keep Dancing

  • Comment number 86.

    Ann & Anton
    I saw the flash of training video on IT2 together with the layout for Ann's dress.
    It is good to see that you are taking this competition more seriously, in a fun sort of way and I am glad that the outfits are becoming less Aunt Sally and more Hello Dolly.
    I like visiting this site because the comments are more positive than just whingeing and after all SCD is supposed to be entertaining.
    When I was at school (in the 1960s) we had a lady French Teacher and a gentleman English Teacher and their piece de résistance at the Christmas Dance was the Charleston. They were both single and Ancient (probably late Forties) and the lady was very well blessed. However their Charleston was always excellent and drew a standing ovation from the whole school, staff and pupils.
    The point is that despite the odds, those two members of staff put their reputation for the rest of the year at risk and yet they earned the mutual respect of the school by effectively dancing an exciting and effusive routine.
    Therefore, I trust that both of you go out there and do your best and do not mind the critics, most of those that shout loudest are probably too scared to have a go themselves.
    I hope that you are given an earlier slot this week, (to prove to the conspiracy theorists that the BBC has not tried to fix the odds) and show what the Double A gang is capable of.
    Whatever the result is I expect you to give it your best and come out fighting for survival in this wicked dance competition!!
    Keeeep on Dancing!!!

  • Comment number 87.

    I'm booking my flight on Starship Widdecombe right now!!

  • Comment number 88.

    Hello, all!! This is Ann, sat here in the Strictly Website office with Anton. Thank you so much for your comments, especially the poem! I am bruised all over as a result of the Paso Doble and Anton's antics on the floor but we are having a whale of a time - while Craig is merely having a wail.

    Hi all, Anton here. I’m very excited for two reasons; one is that this is my first ever blog and I feel like I’m finally crashing into the 21st Century, and second that alongside Lady Ann I’m dancing the finest ever Charleston known to man... Obviously, when I say finest ever known to man, I mean THIS man! xxxx

  • Comment number 89.

    No...it can't be.....surely not.

    But, just in case.

    WE LOVE YOU ANN AND ANTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 90.



  • Comment number 91.

    Hi flea and everyone else on this thread!

    Just a quick message to confirm that message 88 posted above is authentic and was posted by Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke earlier today, at my desk in the Strictly Website office!

    Check out this little clip of Ann and Anton having fun typing the message:

    The comments and poem went down really well with them both. I think more Team A² poetry and encouragement would be very welcome, and this is the best place for them to see your messages of support!

    Best wishes,
    BBC Strictly Emily

  • Comment number 92.

    Ann and Anton are bringing something rare to TV: PURE JOY! Of course I want Ann to go all the way to the top and win because she represents normal people who don't necessarily look good in spandex and sequins. Besides that, she is completely herself, which is both compelling, delightful, and in her case, funny.

    I watched the first two episodes while visiting my mum in the UK and I'm still tracking Ann's progress now that I'm back home in the US. I hope she wins the mirror ball trophy!

    Good luck Ann and Anton!
    Colleen in Colorado

  • Comment number 93.

    Whilst dancing the paso, Anton showed the nation that he was the only male to ever wipe the floor with Ann Widdecombe.

  • Comment number 94.

    ann and anton you are very entertaining!!! ann please tell me what u keep in your bum bag. many thanks :)

  • Comment number 95.

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  • Comment number 96.

    Do my eyes deceive me.....Anton,who only last year said he didn't even know how to switch on a computer,is actually blogging ?????

    Now I know the age of miracles is not past this could be Anton's year for the glitterball.

  • Comment number 97.

    last week you got my ace from the pack
    by playing my favourite jimi's wild thing track
    saturday's New Moon means no going back
    pulling something out the sack
    remains with a lack
    as laughters slack
    Ann's wack

  • Comment number 98.

    I'm just sooo pleased they have their own blog. There has been too much critisism over them right from the start. Bring the trophy home Ann and Anton, I'm with you all the way. woop woop

  • Comment number 99.

    She flies through the air with the greatest of ease
    The West Country lass on the flying trapeze
    Her dancing is brilliant, the crowd she does please
    She's our own Ann Widdecombe

    Ann and Anton are truly the stars of S C D
    Their humour is brilliant and fills us with glee
    We make sure our Saturday nights are kept free
    To see our Ann Widdecombe

    Poor Bruno looks aghast, all filled up with shock
    Len's comments are designed to inspire, never to mock
    Craig thinks to himself "She's wearing my frock!"
    Our favourite Ann Widdecombe

    Now we've seen Anton and Ann do the Salsa and Waltz
    With grace and with style and very few faults
    We all want a Charleston from these lively young colts
    She's our dancing Ann Widdecombe

    All the very best for Saturday!

  • Comment number 100.

    Anton, you and Ann are doing so well. You are so entertaining and having a blast while training. Anton you are my all time favourite and in my eyes you can do no wrong!!! Go team!!!!!


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