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Ed Balls 'signs up for Strictly Come Dancing'

Former U.K. shadow chancellor Ed Balls has reportedly signed up to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

Former leading U.K. politician Ed Balls will appear on BBC TV dance contest Strictly Come Dancing, according to a new report.

The ex-shadow chancellor, 49, who lost his seat in parliament at last year's (15) U.K. General Election, will become the first senior British male politician to appear on the main show.

A source told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper that the U.K. Labour Party figure may surprise viewers with his dancing skills on the show, saying, "Ed has got some moves. Seriously. He might do rather well."

He will hope to improve upon the appearances of the two previous political figures to compete Conservatives Edwina Currie and Ann Widdecombe.

Edwina only made it to the second week of the 2011 series, while Ann did rather better, making it to the tenth week in 2010 despite being ridiculed for her dancing skills.

Liberal Democrat politician and keen ballroom dancer Vince Cable appeared in a Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special in 2010, but did not take part in the main competition.

Others who are rumoured to have signed up to the series include pop star Will Young, Birds of a Feather actress Lesley Joseph, former royal butler Paul Burrell, TV presenter Laura Whitmore and ex-Eternal singer Louise Redknapp.

Two other new faces on the show have been hit by controversy however, as AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt, who have joined the programme's ranks of professional dancers, have been accused of entering a dance competition meant for amateurs.

Editors at British newspaper The Sun report that they finished second in the amateur Latin championship in Bournemouth, England on Sunday (31Jul16), despite signing up to Strictly as professionals.

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