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Strictly Come Dancing's Ed Balls Defended By Ore Oduba: 'He's Not A Novelty Act'

And he's teased something pretty special for this week's performance.

17/11/2016 13:09 | Updated 17 November 2016

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ contestant Ore Oduba has defended competitor Ed Balls, insisting people are wrong to call him a “novelty” act.

Throughout this year’s ‘Strictly’, it has been noted that Ed isn’t quite up to scratch compared to the rest of the stars on this year’s line-up, earning comparisons to ‘X Factor’ rapper Honey G.

However, in an interview on Thursday’s (17 November) ‘Good Morning Britain’, Ore insisted that Ed was deserving of his place in the contest.

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Joanne Clifton and Ore Oduba

He told presenters Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard: “The thing is, Ed isn’t a novelty act, certainly anymore. Because he’s made so many strides forward, everybody tunes in to watch him dance.

“And it’s not like, maybe, ‘novelty acts’ in the past, you tune in and you see him and Katya [Jones, Ed’s professional partner] do an amazing job. It’s entertaining.”

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Ed Balls

Ed has his work cut out for him topping his ‘Gangnam Style’ routine seen in the most recent ‘Strictly’ live show, but Ore reckons he’s got something just as spectacular planned with his Jive to ‘Great Balls Of Fire’.

Ore added: “It’s been steadily building, and I think this weekend is probably going to be the phenomenon exploding all over the ballroom.”

However, while Ed’s ‘Gangnam Style’ routine was certainly entertaining, and definitely stole the show, Daisy Lowe’s departure led some ‘Strictly’ viewers to question whether he should still be in the competition.

See how both Ed and Ore get on in Saturday’s (19 November) ‘Strictly’, live from Blackpool Tower, airing from 6.55pm on BBC One.

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