Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls has revealed he has signed up for the next season of BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing, and he is very excited and scared about it, saying that his dream comes true, but Parliament was much easier. “From the beginning of September, I’m definitely going to be doing 12 hours a week training but everybody says I’ll have to do quite a few more hours than that,” he said. “Our family have been massive fans of Strictly for years. I’ve taken the view that if you have a midlife crisis, make sure you plan it well and enjoy every minute.”
Earlier this year, BBC bosses said there were still ‘no plans’ for same-sex dance pairings on the show. Strictly has featured same-sex dancing segments in group routines – but not in the main competition element of the show. Judge Craig Revel Horwood previously confirmed changes will take place in the next two seasons to remove the gender rules – but later said the change was unlikely to happen.