Ed Balls to WIN Strictly Come Dancing 2016? He's got Brendan Cole's backing!

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Ed Balls has the backing of Brendan Cole to win Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

Pro dancer Brendan was eliminated from the show last month with celebrity partner Anastacia.

And now he's championing Ed for this year's Strictly title.

Praising the politician - who has constantly been bottom of the leaderboard: "The thing is, he's improving week upon week and that's what the show's all about.

"It's not about being a great standard and then just being the same every week - you've got to get better and better and better, and he's actually doing that."

Writing in his latest Strictly column for DigitalSpy, Brendan continued: "I absolutely do think Ed could get to the final or even win - and I hope he does in many ways. I think it would be a great thing for the show.

"Some of the contestants come under criticism because they've danced before so it's not that difficult for them, but it is very difficult for them… it's just a lot more difficult for somebody that's not done it!

"Where Ed started and where he is now, he's done ten times more than people who started well and are still doing well. I think that's a great thing for the show, to prove that it's not just about the best dancer coming through week upon week - it's about what happens from start to finish and what impact you make on the competition."

Brendan concluded: "And let's face it, if you think about memorable performances, Ed and Katya stand out - you can't take that away from them."

Ed has so far avoided the dance off but bookies have made him the favourite to go this weekend.

However after last Sunday's latest surprise dance off, anyone could be the next to leave...

Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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