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Last Updated: Tuesday November 02 2010 14:18 GMT

Ann Widdecombe boosts Strictly Come Dancing TV ratings

Strictly star Tina O'Brien and dance partner Jared Murillo with Ricky from Newsround

Tina O'Brien talks about Ann and being on Strictly

Ann Widdecombe is helping Strictly Come Dancing get its best ever TV ratings.

The 63-year-old's routines have proved really popular with audiences. 12 million people watched the show last weekend.

The X Factor is still ahead in the ratings with 13.5 million viewers, but Strictly has been closing the gap.

Even soap star Tina O'Brien, who was booted off the show, is a fan of Ann, saying: "She is highly entertaining, sharp and witty."

Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke on Strictly Come Dancing
Ann got a standing ovation for this dance

Tina added: "As long as the public are voting to keep her in, why shouldn't she be there? She's got just as much right as anyone else."

Ann got a standing ovation from the crowd after performing the Paso Doble dance on Saturday.