Ed Balls is the first star confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing
Ed Balls is "scared to death" about competing on Strictly Come Dancing.
The former Shadow Chancellor is the first famous face officially confirmed for the next series of the BBC talent show, which returns to the small screen later this year (16).
He confirmed the news on Chris Evans' Radio 2 show on Monday morning (08Aug16), but admitted he's feeling somewhat nervous about strutting his stuff on the dance floor.
"I'd like to say I'm just really excited about learning to dance on TV, but the truth is I'm also scared to death," he said.
"Making a speech in Parliament seems a piece of cake compared to this, but hopefully I can stick around for a couple of weeks, and have a lot of fun in the process."
Ed also told Chris he is thrilled to be involved in the show in what will be head judge Len Goodman's last year.
"Strictly is a firm favourite in our living room, and it feels like a dream to be going on myself, especially for Len's (Goodman) last series," he said. "I'm just hoping it doesn't turn into a nightmare too quickly!"
One person who will be front and centre watching Ed on the show is his wife, fellow MP Yvette Cooper. After the news was announced, Yvette tweeted: "So, so envious #Strictly @BBCRadio2."
Ed is the latest politician to vie for the Glitterball trophy, following Ann Widdecombe and Edwina Currie, as well as Vince Cable who tried his luck on the Christmas special. However, Ed will be the first ever Labour politician to compete on the programme.
Following his announcement, Chris decided to play Jerry Lee Lewis' famous track Great Balls of Fire, leading many people to speculate the hit may make an appearance for one of Ed's routines on the show.
Ed's celebrity competitors are expected to be revealed over the coming weeks but names rumoured to have signed up include former Eternal singer Louise Redknapp and Birds of a Feather actress Lesley Joseph.
- Cover Media