Strictly Come Dancing has confirmed Ed Balls involvement in this year’s series with a felicitous tweet which simply reads ‘Ed Balls’.
The news was initially announced earlier this morning on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, however the Strictly Twitter account adopted a humorous approach to breaking the news with a reference to the now infamous 2011 moment when the MP tweeted his own name.
His apparent lack of social media deftness caught the attention of the nation and has since gone on to be annually commemorated on 28 April.
— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) August 8, 2016
Ed Balls — Ed Balls (@edballs) April 28, 2011
“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,” said Balls on his upcoming appearance on the show.
“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. Strictly is a firm favourite in our living room, and it feels like a dream to be going on myself, especially for Len’s last series. I’m just hoping it doesn’t turn into a nightmare too quickly!”
Balls will be the first male politician to appear on a series of the BBC’s flagship show with previous politicians including Ann Widdecombe and Edwina Currie.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to the BBC this September.