Norwich City chairman Ed Balls: My resolve is weakening over spray tan for Strictly Come Dancing

Ed Balls with dance partner Katya Jones during the live show of Strictly Come Dancing where he came

Ed Balls with dance partner Katya Jones during the live show of Strictly Come Dancing where he came bottom of the leaderboard. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Norwich City chairman Ed Balls has admitted he is 'weakening' under pressure to get a spray tan to give him a glow on Strictly Come Dancing.

The former shadow chancellor previously said he was not keen on getting some fake colour for the dancefloor, where he is partnered with professional Katya Jones.

But he told the Radio Times the show's bosses have not given up their campaign.

'The pressure is intensifying from all angles,' he said.

'Apparently if I don't don the paper pants and climb into the tanning booth pre-show, I'll look very pale compared with all the other dancers - 'It's the lights, darling, they'll wash you out!'


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'At the time of writing I'm still saying no, but I can feel my resolve weakening...'

The ex-politician, who lost his seat in the 2015 general election, said he had already made some lifestyle changes as he competed on the BBC programme, in part because he was too worn out from rehearsals to protest.

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He has said yes to dancing through his lunch break, eight-hour training days and a beer-free diet.

'Why do I keep agreeing? Because I'm so drained at the end of the day, I can barely speak, and certainly can't get any words out to object,' he said.

Balls was left at the bottom of the leaderboard after his Strictly debut at the weekend.

However, he said he and Jones were working hard to improve his moves.

The 49-year-old said: 'Like many other middle-aged men, I've always thought I could show the young ones a thing or two about dancing.

'At weddings and parties, I only need to hear the first notes of Stayin' Alive or Greased Lightning, and I'm out on the dance floor before you can say 'John Travolta'.

'But Katya, my professional partner, is less than impressed and has made it clear that our journey on Strictly Come Dancing is going to be a very short one if I carry on like that.

'So instead of wild lumbering, I'm now trying to learn precision.'

Balls revealed on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two that he and Jones will performing a Charleston on Saturday night.

He said of the dance: 'The energy, the intensity...it's really really hard.

'It is a bit wild but to do it well you have to have some disciplines as well and I think we are going to have some surprises.'

The pair sit at the bottom of the leaderboard following their waltz at the weekend which scored 21 points.

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