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She was dubbed the worst Strictly contestant in history.

But controversial former MP Ann Widdecombe is reportedly set to return to the ballroom for a Christmas special.

The Tory politician, 71, entertained the nation as one of the most memorable dancers the show has ever seen when she paired with Anton du Beke in 2010.

Keep dancing! Controversial former MP Ann Widdecombe is reportedly set to return to the ballroom for a Christmas special

Keep dancing! Controversial former MP Ann Widdecombe is reportedly set to return to the ballroom for a Christmas special

Keep dancing! Controversial former MP Ann Widdecombe is reportedly set to return to the ballroom for a Christmas special

A show insider told The Sun: ‘Ann’s endearingly hapless moves had the nation falling in love with her back when she was on the show with Anton and they boosted viewing figures by a mile.

‘The Christmas special is always a light-hearted, fun episode and so it was a no-brainer to get Ann on board to add to the comedy of it.

‘Ann has promised she’s going to be back to her best and producers are hoping she will provide her most entertaining routine yet in the one episode.’ 

MailOnline has contacted a Strictly representative for comment. 


Ready to rumba: The Tory politician, 71, entertained the nation as one of the most memorable dancers the show has ever seen when she paired with Anton du Beke in 2010

Anne will join Love Island presenter Caroline Flack who is also reportedly returning to Strictly this Christmas to take part in the annual festive edition of the series.

And she is said to be pairing up with Neil Jones for the show – making her his first ever celebrity partner.

This comes as the pair have faced a turbulant 2018, with Caroline, 38, getting engaged and then splitting from Andrew Brady, and Neil, 35, learning that his wife Katya was caught kissing her own Strictly partner Seann Walsh.

Feeling festive: Caroline Flack is reportedly returning to Strictly Come Dancing this Christmas to take part in the annual festive edition of the series

Feeling festive: Caroline Flack is reportedly returning to Strictly Come Dancing this Christmas to take part in the annual festive edition of the series

Feeling festive: Caroline Flack is reportedly returning to Strictly Come Dancing this Christmas to take part in the annual festive edition of the series

Partnered up: Caroline is said to be pairing up with Neil Jones for the show - making her his first ever celebrity partner

Partnered up: Caroline is said to be pairing up with Neil Jones for the show - making her his first ever celebrity partner

Partnered up: Caroline is said to be pairing up with Neil Jones for the show – making her his first ever celebrity partner

Caroline won the series in 2014 and is said to have ‘jumped at the chance’ to return to the BBC show.

A source told The Sun: ‘Caroline expected to be paired up with pro dancer Pasha Kovalev again, but Strictly bosses were inundated with requests for Neil to finally get a celebrity dance partner.

‘It’s their way of showing Neil they support him and are ­grateful for the dignified way he handled the situation with Seann and Katya.

Drama: This comes as the pair have faced a turbulant 2018, with Caroline, 38, getting engaged and then splitting from Andrew Brady

Drama: This comes as the pair have faced a turbulant 2018, with Caroline, 38, getting engaged and then splitting from Andrew Brady

Drama: This comes as the pair have faced a turbulant 2018, with Caroline, 38, getting engaged and then splitting from Andrew Brady

More drama: Neil, 35, learnt  that his wife Katya was caught kissing her own Strictly partner Seann Walsh [both pictured]

More drama: Neil, 35, learnt  that his wife Katya was caught kissing her own Strictly partner Seann Walsh [both pictured]

More drama: Neil, 35, learnt  that his wife Katya was caught kissing her own Strictly partner Seann Walsh [both pictured]

‘Neil hopes this is the next step to being paired up with a celeb next year on the main series of the show.’

MailOnline has approached the BBC for comment. 

The rehearsals for the festive edition are reportedly set to begin next week.

Meanwhile, Caroline is also said to be questioning her future with former The Apprentice star Andrew, 27.

Coming back: Caroline took part on the 2014 season of Strictly Come Dancing

Coming back: Caroline took part on the 2014 season of Strictly Come Dancing

Coming back: Caroline took part on the 2014 season of Strictly Come Dancing

Winning: She won the series with her partner Pasha Kovalev four years ago

Winning: She won the series with her partner Pasha Kovalev four years ago

Winning: She won the series with her partner Pasha Kovalev four years ago

A source told The Sun: 'Caroline expected to be paired up with pro dancer Pasha Kovalev again, but Strictly bosses were inundated with requests for Neil to finally get a celebrity dance partner'

A source told The Sun: 'Caroline expected to be paired up with pro dancer Pasha Kovalev again, but Strictly bosses were inundated with requests for Neil to finally get a celebrity dance partner'

A source told The Sun: ‘Caroline expected to be paired up with pro dancer Pasha Kovalev again, but Strictly bosses were inundated with requests for Neil to finally get a celebrity dance partner’

Following a drunken rant he allegedly made during their holiday in Portugal, The Sun also claims Caroline is having second thoughts about him, after they reconciled after their split during the summer.

According to the publication, Andrew had been booted out of a juice retreat for bringing in alcohol before launching into an ‘abusive’ shouting tirade at his Love Island host girlfriend.

She was said to be ‘devastated’ by his behaviour which led fellow guests at the resort to complain, as management chose to evict Andrew for the incident.

It was also reported that she returned home on Thursday, and is now considering how to proceed with their relationship and whether they have a future together.