Ed Balls was traumatised after messing up first Strictly dance

Ed Balls with dance partner Katya Jones during his first dance on Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/B

Ed Balls with dance partner Katya Jones during his first dance on Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Norwich City chairman Ed Balls has said he was traumatised by the blunder he made during his first dance on Strictly Come Dancing.

Ed Balls with his dance partner Katya Jones during Saturday's live edition of the BBC1 show, Strict

Ed Balls with his dance partner Katya Jones during Saturday's live edition of the BBC1 show, Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The former shadow chancellor and his professional partner Katya Jones performed the waltz to Elvis Presley for their Strictly debut.

Balls recounted the moment 'disaster struck' and he missed a step as they whirled around the dance floor on the BBC One show.

Writing in the Radio Times, he admitted: 'My mind went blank, I missed a step and panicked.

'We improvised to get back on track, got to our standing spin early and had to add an extra turn to let the music catch up. The rest of it went fine, but I was traumatised - how could I have messed up and let everyone down?'

Ed Balls with his dance partner Katya Jones during Saturday's live edition of the BBC1 show, Strict

Ed Balls with his dance partner Katya Jones during Saturday's live edition of the BBC1 show, Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire. - Credit: PA


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His wife, MP Yvette Cooper, reassured him, saying no-one had noticed his error.

He continued: 'Yes, I was bottom of the leaderboard, but it wasn't a total disgrace - not a bad start for a middle-aged novice. And when I listened back to the judges' comments, they were actually quite encouraging.'

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This past weekend, Balls was praised for his second dance, a Charleston which earned him a standing ovation from the Strictly audience.

Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli told him it was a 'comeback that Tony Blair would be proud of'.

His dance to The Banjo's Back In Town scored 23 points out of a possible 40, two more than his waltz the week before.

This week the 14 remaining celebrities will be taking on movie inspired routines with Mary Poppins and The Flintstones just some of the films being honoured on Saturday night.

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