Balls to that, Honey!

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SH­ERNA NOAH news@sun­daysport.co.uk

STRICTLY Come Danc­ing’s Ed Balls has laughed off an in­vi­ta­tion to per­form a dance-off with as­pir­ing rap­per Honey G.

The con­tro­ver­sial X Fac­tor con­tes­tant chal­lenged the for­mer shadow chan­cel­lor to a con­test on the dance­floor at the week­end.

The 35-year-old said: “I’d like to chal­lenge Ed Balls to a dance-off. Chal­lenge me any day. He knows where I am.”

But Balls, 49, sug­gested he would be steer­ing clear of the rap­per.

He said on ITV show Lor­raine: “I have spent 10 weeks try­ing to avoid the dance-off.

“If I’m in the dance-off, I’m out. So I’m afraid my an­swer is, I’m try­ing to avoid the dance-offs.”

While Balls turned down Honey G’s of­fer, he did en­joy an en­er­getic rou­tine with Lor­raine Kelly on her show.

Af­ter­wards he praised her, say­ing: “I thought you and I were pretty good danc­ing to­gether. A dance-off be­tween you and me, now that would be re­ally spe­cial.”

Balls ad­mit­ted: “I’m prob­a­bly the worst dancer on Strictly Come Danc­ing but I’m re­ally, re­ally try­ing.”

Labour deputy leader Tom Wat­son said in a video mes­sage, played on the ITV show, that Balls “was get­ting more points than Labour in the opin­ion polls”.

Balls, who has spo­ken of his “in­ner Bey­once”, is in­sist­ing he will not bow out of the BBC1 show.

He said: “I’d love to get a seven from Craig (Revel Hor­wood) or an eight from Len (Good­man).”

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