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'Strictly Come Dancing': Ed Balls Has Sparked Debate Among Viewers

Daisy Lowe's departure has divided opinion online.

14/11/2016 12:03

Ed Balls’ Salsa routine to ‘Gangnam Style’ has already gone down in the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ hall of fame, but it’s also left some viewers wondering whether the joke has gone too far.

We’re sure the former MP wouldn’t mind us pointing out that he’s hardly been the strongest performer throughout the competition, and is currently at the bottom of the ‘Strictly’ leaderboard for the series - 46 points behind his nearest competitor, Greg Rutherford.

Despite this, he’s managed to go eight weeks without landing himself in the dance-off.

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Ed Balls on 'Strictly'

However, following the departure of Daisy Lowe, some ‘Strictly’ fans have taken to question whether it might be time for him to go home, pointing out stronger performers are now losing their spots in the competition.

Meanwhile, others have defended his right to be there, insisting his weekly routines provide a bit of escapism from everything else that’s going on in the world.

Back in 2008, broadcaster John Sergeant was in a similar position, and eventually chose to leave the show of his own accord, claiming winning “would be a joke too far”.

Ed recently dismissed the idea of taking his lead and bowing out of the competition early, stating it wouldn’t be fair to those who keep voting for him.

He said: “Look… I won’t win. ‘Strictly’ is a show where the judges have an important say but the people decide and spend their own money voting for you.

“If they’re supporting you it’s a bit disrespectful for me now to turn around and say: ‘I know better’.”

Ed and the remaining couples will be performing live from Blackpool Tower in Saturday’s (19 November) live show, which kicks off at 6.55pm on BBC One.

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