Ed Balls says Strictly Come Dancing has been a 'positive mid-life crisis'

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Ed Balls has described Strictly Come Dancing as a 'positive mid-life crisis'

The former MP is currently playing to huge crowds nightly on the Strictly live tour and is loving every single minute of it.


Ed, who made it as far as Week 10 of last year's series, admitted: “I quite often find myself saying: ‘Blimey am I actually doing this?’

“By the time I was 50 I wanted to be Chancellor in a Labour government. That hasn’t happened – but it’s still shaping up to be my best birthday ever.”

Ahead of celebrating later this month, Ed told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “What’s key is doing the mid-life crisis in a positive way.

“Life isn’t about trying to be dignified, it’s being relaxed about who you are. My kids said: ‘Dad, you’re supposed to be embarrassing, but you’ve over-achieved’.”

The Strictly Come Dancing 2017 live tour kicked off last month and Ed couldn't wait to show off his newly learned moves to fans.

Joining him and pro partner Katya Jones on the line up are Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton, Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse, Ore Oduba and Karen Clifton, Daisy Lowe and Aljaž Skorjanec and Lesley Joseph and Gorka Marquez.

"The reality is that if you’re Sir Paul McCartney or Bruce Springsteen, you probably get a bit complacent about playing packed arenas. But if you’re me, you never do this," Ed said before the first show.

He continued: “I don’t really know what it will be like but I’m looking forward to it. On Strictly, the audience is a TV screen away.


"But this time, there’s no barrier. The audience is right there.”

Strictly Come Dancing will be back on TV for its new series later this year.

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