Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Ed Balls hits back at haters and says he won't quit


Ed Balls has hit back at haters after his continued success on Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

The politician survived another results show on Sunday night and made his way to Blackpool, but not everyone is happy about it.

As well as many upset viewers, Ed even angered The Apprentice's Lord Sugar who tweeted: “Oh @edballs even if the public vote you in again you will have to admit it can’t be right. It’s a dance competition.”

However writing in his Radio Times column, Ed hit back: “Lord Sugar says I should be booted off Strictly because it’s a dance competition and I’m the weakest dancer.

Ed Balls
Ed Balls

"While I can’t argue with him about my dancing, I know that sometimes it’s about more than basic ability.

“It’s also about effort, energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.”

Ed previously vowed never to quit the competition.

He told the Sunday People newspaper: "People pay money to phone up and vote for Katya and I. For me to override that and say, ‘I know better, I’m leaving,’ would be disrespectful.

"I won’t do a John Sergeant. The show has moved on. It’s been ten years since John, and I think people expect more."

Meanwhile, his competitors have nothing but praise for Ed.

Ore Oduba told the Daily Mirror: I think he’s great, if I was a viewer I’d absolutely look forward to seeing Ed dance every week.

Ed Balls
Ed Balls

“You never know what him and Katya are going to pull out of the bag. They have a great connection, she knows how to get the best out of him and he’s up for anything."

And Danny Mac added: “I think this competition isn’t about being the best dancer – if it was then they could call it early doors.

"It’s a long competition and it’s about who is entertaining, who improves the most, who people like.”

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