Belfast Telegraph

Lesley Joseph pokes fun at Ed Balls after her Strictly exit

Lesley Joseph took a light-hearted swipe at Ed Balls as she discussed her Strictly Come Dancing exit, teasing him about his poor attempt at a lift in Saturday's show.

The Birds OF A Feather actress became the fifth celebrity to be voted off the dance floor at the weekend, while the former shadow chancellor made it through despite nearly dropping his professional partner Katya Jones during a lift.

Speaking on BBC Two spin-off show It Takes Two, Joseph said: "It's an entertainment show. You go when you go. That's it. You can't weep tears. It is what it is.

"Some people are brilliant dancers, some can't dance for toffee, some can't lift for toffee..."

Joseph, 71, was eliminated during Sunday night's results show after finding herself in the dance-off with model Daisy Lowe.

The actress and her professional partner Anton Du Beke had scored 24 points from the judges for their tango to Whatever Lola Wants by Gotan Project, while Lowe and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec were in joint fourth place with 32 points for their charleston to Happy Feet by Manhattan Rhythm Kings.

Joseph told It Takes Two host Zoe Ball it had been a lovely experience although she still had not managed to watch herself dance.

"All I see are the mistakes or the blips or I'm fat or I'm something," she said.

The actress said she had loved learning the routines alongside Du Beke and that she had noticed a difference in her figure.

"I have lost a bit of weight. I've firmed up. And all that means is now I've got to keep going to dance class to keep the thighs down," she joked.

After Joseph insisted that she had to "whip" Du Beke into shape, he teased: "It was exhausting. I'm glad she is out quite frankly. I can have a rest!"


From Belfast Telegraph