Although Pauline Hanson is officially off the political radar for the time being at least, there is another election the gay and lesbian community should have fear of her winning.

For Pauline -“ who has never been considered a friend of the gay community -“ is facing off against AIDS Trust ambassador and great dancer Bec Cartwright in next week’s final of Channel 7’s Dancing With The Stars.

Cartwright and Hanson have made it to the final two competitors of the campest show on television, which pairs professional dancers and celebrities to dance against each other in a variety of styles.

Cartwright and partner Michael have consistently topped the official judges’ score cards, but in Dancing With The Stars, public votes count for just as much in the final result.

This explains why Hanson, who could be best described as enthusiastic, is in the final two, despite regular low judges’ scores and their strong criticism of her dancing technique.

The AIDS Trust of Australia have benefited from Cartwright’s involvement with the show. Each time someone votes for her, the Trust, as her designated charity, receives funds. She has also travelled to Asia to visit AIDS orphans and she and Michael performed every hour at major Trust fundraiser, the Sydney Food and Wine Fair last month.

The winner of the Dancing With The Stars final on Tuesday 23 November will be determined by public votes registered this week. To vote for Cartwright and make a small donation to the AIDS Trust at the same time, call 1902 555 011 or SMS BEC to 191 177.

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