After his 2015 election defeat, former Labour leader Ed Miliband was inundated with reality offers - but he's not interested.
The Spice Girl has signed up to 'Celebrity Supply Teachers' along with Gary Lineker, astronaut Tim Peake and singer Kelis.
Former politician and current national treasure/dance sensation Ed Balls has had a teeny-tiny mishap on stage – and it looks like it hurt A LOT. Currently appearing alongside the rest of the 2016 Strictly class on the Strictly Come Dancing tour, Ed was dancing with partner Katya Jones when the accident occurred. Ed was dancing with Katya, who had been lifted upside down in the middle of a routine, when she, unfortunately, kicked a little bit too hard – and whacked him in the face with her foot.
From the highs to the lows: An extraordinary high for Danny and Oti, as their samba becomes the only one in Strictly history to score a perfect 40. With Ed making an uncharacteristic error and the Judge improving, it was the former (soon to be again?) politician, as expected, who exited the show. The Judge and Oksana delivered a sweet rumba, but rumbas rarely resonate with the audience, especially when up against showstoppers like Danny and Oti’s exhilarating samba.
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. “Out!” Darcey replied, according to The Sun. 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.
Ed Balls broke the internet with his performance of Gangnam Style on Saturday night. As Len said, just the anticipation of Ed and Katya doing Gangnam Style was enough to give us a lift. 1 minute 47 seconds after Ed and Katya took to the floor, the world seemed a much better place.
Remember all that hoohah about John Sergeant and Ann Widdecombe overstaying their welcome on Strictly Come Dancing? The former Labour MP has been a huge hit with viewers, sailing through the competition without ever finding himself in the bottom two. According to a source, Len Goodman and co want to put pressure on Ed to throw in the towel now that he’s edging closer to the final.
On Wednesday’s edition of spin-off show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, presenter Zoe Ball read Lord Sugar’s mean-spirited tweets to the Strictly contestant who previously invited the Hackney geezer to a dancing duel. “Ooh Lord Sugar,” Zoe grimaced.
Ex-Labour MP has made no secret of his hopes that ballroom dancing will have a dramatic effect on his waistline. BBC Today he’s revealed that it seems to be working wonders, and his six weeks training for and appearing on the show have enabled him to shed a whopping ONE STONE already.
Lord Alan Sugar took to Twitter to share a critical commentary of Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night. The host of BBC One show The Apprentice sniped about contestant Ed Balls and presenter Claudia Winkleman, firing his darts of disdain in 140 characters or less. Reviewing the controversial results show, the straight-talking business magnate blasted the former Labour MP and shadow Chancellor, who performed Samba to Cuban Pete while dressed as The Mask (Yes, REALLY).
Former Labour politician Ed Balls accidentally put in a request for a man to play with his private parts backstage at Strictly Come Dancing. Ed was being photographed for the show with his professional partner Katya Jones when he noticed his suit was covered in fluff and called out for the wardrobe assisstant, who had the job of preening the celebrities. Speaking at a Labour conference event, Ed recalled: “There was this guy that would come out who had this sort of thing to take lint off your jacket.
Strictly Come Dancing has been hit with fresh “fix claims” just days into the new series as celebrity contestants have been accused of “cheating” after sneaking in extra rehearsals. This weekend saw the show’s stars – including Danny Mac, Ed Balls and Daisy Lowe – take to the BBC ballroom floor for the first time, but it has been reported that some dance couples are getting more practice than others. The participating celebrities are reportedly only allowed a set amount of rehearsals, but after Friday night’s show, some contestants took to the Elstree Studios stage to practice their moves before their Saturday night debut.
Ed Balls became pretty skilled at getting up people’s noses during his stint as Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, and the ex-MP seems to be picking up where he left off behind the scenes on Strictly Come Dancing. “I mean look, maybe I will emerge from my chrysalis.
Bookmakers are offering 6/1 odds that Ed Balls will make Strictly history this weekend with the lowest EVER score. William Hill reckons that the former politician is in line to set a new record for the worst score ever awarded on the hit BBC show - a title currently held by former Top Gear star, Quentin Wilson during Series 2. “Ed Balls could easily be the worst dancer in the history of Strictly – although he will be going some to produce a worse dance than Quentin Willson’s now infamous Cha Cha Cha,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
Ed Balls is probably one of the more awkward stars donning the spandex for Strictly Come Dancing this year – and it seems his clumsiness isn’t just restricted to ballroom dancing. The former shadow Chancellor was spotted outside BBC Broadcasting House with a nasty looking gash on his forehead, which could’ve left Strictly fans wondering whether being thrown around the dancefloor by ballroom star Katya Jones was taking its toll on the 49-year-old politician. Never mind Ed, we’ve all done it.
According to reports, they will be warned about the vulnerabilities of starting their rehearsal training while experiencing relationship difficulties, and will be offered advice on how to cope with the pressures. Former contestants claimed by the Strictly curse so far include Countdown presenter Rachel Riley, who split from her husband after just 15 months of marriage following her appearance on the show in 2014, and later went public with her new relationship with professional partner Pasha Kovalev.
It’s official, pop star Will Young has been confirmed as the second celebrity to take part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing. The ‘Evergreen’ singer will join former Labour MP Ed Balls on dance floor and compete for the famous Glitterball trophy.
BBC talent show producers are reportedly keen to secure Tim, 44, for a two-step across the ballroom, but there’s one slight snag – the International Space Station crewmember is undergoing intensive physical therapy for two years. Despite claiming the top spot on the wish list, Tim is currently having treatment to recover muscle strength that has been lost in the zero gravity atmosphere, according to The Sun. After returning from space expeditions, astronauts must learn how to walk again and physical activities present a high risk for breaking weakened bones – so Tim’s Strictly debut would probably have to be postponed until 2017.
Ed Balls has reportedly signed up for Strictly Come Dancing, making him the first male politician to take to the BBC dancefloor for the main show (aside from Sir Vince Cable, who once appeared in a Christmas special).