Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Rev Richard Coles gets tips from Ed Balls

Rev Richard Coles

Ed Balls has given Rev Richard Coles some top tips for success on Strictly Come Dancing.

After Ed's success on last year's series, lasting 10 weeks, Rev Richard says he's had a"very helpful briefing" ahead of his own Strictly journey.

Reverend Richard Coles is a writer, broadcaster and Church of England priest and co-hosts BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

He is the only Vicar in Britain to have had a number one hit single with pop band The Communards in the 1980s, which went on to have three UK top ten hits and the biggest-selling single of 1986, Don’t Leave Me This Way.

On joining Strictly last month, Reverend Richard Coles said: “Cometh the hour, cometh the overweight Vicar with arthritis in his knees.”

Now speaking to the Radio Times, the Reverend said of his chats with former contestant Ed: “I had a very, very helpful and detailed briefing with the former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer which was very helpful indeed. Ed gave very good advice and a detailed training programme.”

He went on to tease: “I have extensive dance experience from the nightclubs of Ibiza in 1989 but unfortunately I don’t remember any of it at all.

"I did do ‘Alternative Miss World’ in around 1994 where I played the maracas for Miss Midlands South East.”

Meanwhile, Richard admitted he thinks viewers could be surprised by just how competitive he will be.

“I am a competitive person, although I’m embarrassed of being competitive – so I try and mask it,” said the man of the cloth. “But obviously everything will be revealed on this show, so probably a hideously ambitious diva will emerge!”

Strictly Come Dancing starts this Saturday night on BBC One.

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