Sunday 21 January 2018

I want to win over Lord Sugar, says Strictly survivor Ed Balls

Ed Balls and Katya Jones perform to Psy's Gangnam Style on Strictly Come Dancing
Ed Balls and Katya Jones perform to Psy's Gangnam Style on Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly star Ed Balls has revealed he is hoping to win round former Labour peer Lord Sugar following the business magnate's online criticism of his dancing.

Former shadow chancellor Balls' pelvic thrusting and pony dancing on Saturday secured him a ticket to Blackpool as model Daisy Lowe became the eighth contestant to leave the show.

The ex-Labour MP has constantly wowed the Strictly audience with his energetic dancing and is yet to have to face the dance-off as he proves popular with the voting public.

However, former Labour party member Lord Sugar has been less than impressed with Balls' dancing, using his Twitter account to criticise him remaining in the competition.

On Saturday he wrote: "Oh @edballs even if the public vote you in again you will have to admit it can't be right. It's a dance competition."

Using a column in the Radio Times, Balls revealed he is hoping to win over The Apprentice boss.

He wrote: "It seems the judges might finally be coming round - Craig telling me I'm improving and awarding us a six for our quickstep. Wonders will never cease.

"But there is one person I cannot win over - my old friend, Lord Sugar. Every week on Twitter he comes up with a new unflattering description of my dancing and demands I'm booted off the show.

"Lord Sugar says I should be booted off Strictly because it's a dance competition and I'm the weakest dancer.

"While I can't argue with him about my dancing, I know as a fan of Strictly (and The Apprentice) that sometimes it's about more than basic ability. It's also about effort, energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

"I hope that's what the viewers see, I think Craig has started to see it too, and who knows, if I can stay in another couple of weeks, I may even convince Lord Sugar."

The full column is in this week's Radio Times, on sale from November 15.

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