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Ed Balls to jive to Great Balls Of Fire for Strictly's Blackpool week

Published 15/11/2016

Ed Balls and Katya Jones secured a place at Blackpool's Tower Ballroom after dancing to Gangnam Style
Ed Balls and Katya Jones secured a place at Blackpool's Tower Ballroom after dancing to Gangnam Style

Strictly star Ed Balls will look to set the dance floor alight on Saturday night's show as he jives to Great Balls Of Fire.

The former shadow chancellor and his professional partner Katya Jones will dance to the 1954 Jerry Lee Lewis hit during this week's show in Blackpool.

Balls's pelvic thrusting and pony dancing to internet hit Gangnam Style by Psy secured a place on the annual journey the seaside town's Tower Ballroom.

Appearing on It Takes Two on Tuesday night, Balls said the only thing he had ruled out for this weekend's dance was being "fired out of a cannon".

He added: "But apparently anything else is possible."

The ex-Labour MP also appeared to reject claims he might drop out of the competition, telling Zoe Ball he will keep dancing as long as the public are voting for him.

He said: "The reason why we're still in the show and going to Blackpool is because the public have voted for us and to them a huge thanks because they are the ones putting us there and if they keep wanting us to get back then we'll come back and that's the most important thing."

Also dancing the jive on Saturday night's show are Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane and partner AJ Pritchard, who will perform to Toni Basil's Hey Mickey.

Former singer Louise Redknapp and partner Kevin Clifton will perform a paso doble to Explosive by Bond while actor Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse will dance the Charleston to Gregory Porter's Puttin' On The Ritz.

BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton will follow last week's rumba with a Viennese waltz to Frank Sinatra's That's Life.

Olympic long jumper Greg Rutherford will tackle a quickstep to Hand Jive by Sha Na Na with professional partner Natalie Lowe.

Television barrister Judge Rinder and Oksana Platero will be dancing the salsa to Spice Up Your Life by Spice Girls.

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