Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Norwich City Chairman Ed Balls tells viewers - ‘I’d be cashing out now’

Ed Balls MP and Katya Jones during Saturday's live edition of the BBC1 show, Strictly Come Dancing.

Ed Balls MP and Katya Jones during Saturday's live edition of the BBC1 show, Strictly Come Dancing. Photo credit: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Many thought he would be out in the first week but Ed Balls has defied expectations on Strictly Come Dancing with some now claiming he could now win the glitterball trophy.

Katya Jones and Ed Balls will be dancing again this week (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy)

Katya Jones and Ed Balls will be dancing again this week (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy) - Credit: BBC

But the Norwich City chairman has told viewers who have backed him to win at the bookies to cash out now.

The 49-year-old was a 100/1 outsider to win the competition when it first started but his odds have now been slashed to 50/1 with even one of his biggest critics, Craig Revel Horwood stating he could go all the way.

There have also been similar claims from professional dancer Brendan Cole and Strictly alumni Jeremy Vine.

The former shadow chancellor said: 'I wouldn't bet on myself but if I had put money on myself at 100/1 I'd be cashing out now.


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'The longer the show goes on the more people focus on quality. If there's one thing I'm not delivering right now, it's quality dancing.

'I've been the favourite to go out each week – clearly that was wrong! But jumping from that to winning, I'd punt on something else.'

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This week Mr Balls and his partner Katya Jones will be performing a salsa to the 2012 dance hit Gangnam Style.

And if they impress the judges and the viewers at home they will get the chance to dance at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

The song and its famous dance moves are something that he is very familiar with after he and his wife, Yvette Cooper, pulled out the routine at the Labour Party conference in 2014.

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