Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Ed Balls rejects calls for him to QUIT

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Ed Balls has said he won't quit Strictly Come Dancing 2016 despite calls to step down from some fans.

The politician survived another results show on Sunday night at the Blackpool special, making it into the top 6 dancers of the series.

It's despite repeatedly placing bottom of the judges' scores, ranking last again on Saturday night after a "technically terrible" jive.

Some viewers of the show have called on Ed to follow in the footsteps of John Sergeant who famously left the show in 2008.

Ed Balls MP
Ed Balls MP

The journalist said at the time: "The trouble is that there is now a real danger that I might win the competition. Even for me that would be a joke too far."

“Ed Balls should do the decent thing now as John Sergeant did in 2008,” one viewer tweeted after the weekend's shows.

Another posted: “Not impressed with that at all, it's not about your pro dancer? Do the decent thing and quit! PLEASE!! Go home Ed Balls!”

However Ed has vowed not 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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