It’s the most anticipated political appointment since Theresa May: yes, Ed Balls has been confirmed as the first celebrity in the Strictly Come Dancing 2016 line-up.
The former Shadow Chancellor and MP for Morley and Outwood lost his seat in the 2015 General Election, but it seems as though he’ll find his feet come autumn. He told the Chris Evans Show on Radio 2 this morning that he was “scared to death” about competing in the BBC1 show.
And after announcing the news, Evans had the perfect track to play – Jerry Lee Lewis’s ‘Great Balls of Fire’. Wonder if that will get a play come the competition?
His wife, MP Yvette Cooper, tweeted that she was “so envious” of her husband after the news was announced.
He follows in the footsteps of fellow politicians Ann Widdecombe and Edwina Currie, who both previously competed for the Strictly Glitterball trophy on the main show. Lib Dem Vince Cable tapped his toes on the Christmas Special, but Balls is the first Labour politician to strut his stuff on the Strictly dance floor.
Balls said he was hoping to “at least get through the first week or two”, and said he was aiming to get fit before the series starts this Autumn.
No politician has won the series yet. Can Balls do better with the public vote this time around?
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 in the autumn.