The plot to overthrow Strictly snake hips Ed Balls took another dark turn this week as Strictly supremo Darcey Bussell slammed the former MP’s performance and demanded that he is axed.
She told The Chris Evans Show that she doesn’t think the ex-Chancellor deserved to be on the show anymore.
“Is he through to the next week, or is he off the show?” the DJ asked.
“Out!” Darcey replied, according to The Sun.
However, his partner Katya Jones is confident he could reach the top spot.
She told The Mirror: "Whoever the audience thinks deserves to win, will win. If we went all the way to the final I wouldn’t feel embarrassed because I know how hard he’s worked.
“I don’t think he gets nearly enough credit for his dancing. He’s pretty good.”
Despite sinking to the bottom of the leader board almost each and every week, Ed has avoided the boot from the latin and ballroom competition thus far thanks to the public vote.
But now BBC bosses have decided that all of the remaining celebs will be subjected to an extra Cha Cha Cha in addition to their set rehearsed piece and the dramatic last minute alteration to the show’s format could finally see Mr Balls knocked out of ‘Strictly’.
It’s believed that producers want Ed – who previously admitted he hated the Cuban dance – swiftly out of the series because the 49-year-old politician is hogging all of the focus and fan favour with his comedy dancing.
A source told The Sun: “The challenge is almost definitely set to place Ed bottom of the judge’s leaderboard.
“He’s the worst dancer on paper and even if he nails his rehearsed dance, he’s set to be voted off by judges.”
Yet Ed is determined to cling on and fight for his place, telling Radio 4’s Today programme earlier this week: “As it goes on in this competition, the dance becomes a bigger deal but in the end you’ve got to respect the voters.
“The public decide who becomes President or Prime Minister, or who stays in Strictly.”