Balls to that, Honey!
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).”