Yvette Cooper keen to learn Strictly dances, says Ed Balls

Ed Balls has revealed his wife Yvette Cooper has no worries about the “Strictly Curse” – and is more interested in learning his dance routines.

The former shadow chancellor, who is partnered with Russian professional Katya Jones, said Yvette plans to learn all his dances when he finishes on the show.

Ed Balls and his wife Yvette Cooper (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Ed, who scored the lowest marks of the series with his recent Paso Doble to Holding Out For A Hero, told the Press Association: “We have an understanding that when it is finished she will learn all the dances.

“So far she is unconvinced by the Paso Doble, what she wants to do is the Charleston so we will be practising all through December and Christmas so if we have any weddings coming up we can perform it.”

Performing the Paso Doble (Guy Levy/BBC)
The dancing hopeful said his wife, who is still an MP, is not worried about him practising with Katya round the clock.

Over the years, the ”Strictly Curse” has seen marriages and relationships ruined when celebrities fall for their professional dance partners.

He said: “Not at all. Yvette’s view of that is ‘in your dreams’.

Ed Balls with dance partner Katya Jones (Guy Levy/BBC)
“I have a fabulous partner in Katya and her husband is also a dancer on the show and they are a wonderful couple dancing together.”

Ed admitted his low-scoring Paso, which scored just 16 points. was a bit of a disaster, saying: “It wasn’t very good, I missed my steps but the public think we are trying. I am better than I was when we did the waltz. We have to show we are working hard.”

Katya with husband Neil (Matt Crossick/PA)
The former politician will next be seen tackling the American Smooth to (Is This The Way To) Amarillo by Tony Christie, which was re-released in 2005 featuring Peter Kay to raise money for Comic Relief.

He admitted: “I have dad-danced to that song many times. My whole family have gesticulated like Peter Kay, it was one of the great pieces of Comic Relief history.”

The new dance will also bring a tweak to his appearance, as he finally embraces the spray tan.

“I have been umm-ing and aah-ing and the time has come. It might be top half only but we have come this far,” he said.

Ed has already embraced some daring costumes, including the bright yellow suit and green mask from The Mask for movie week and a knight costume for his Paso, despite promising early on he would only wear tuxedos.

Ed and Katya during Movie Week (Guy Levy/BBC)
He said: “At the time I thought I would only wear suits and I thought it was a joke about the spray tan. It has been quite a transformation to get to this point.”

He wore more conventional attire as he was joined by Katya as he was announced as the new patron of children’s charity Whizz-Kidz.

Ed with his dance partner Katya, during a Whizz-Kidz event (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Ed has run the London Marathon for the charity three times and said: “I am honoured at being invited to become a patron for Whizz-Kidz.

“Having seen first-hand the huge difference Whizz-Kidz makes to young disabled people’s lives, it is a privilege to officially become a part of the Whizz-Kidz family in this incredible way.

Ed gives Katya a lift (Jonathan Brady/PA)
“There are still many thousands of disabled children and young people who are waiting for the right equipment to suit their needs, and the chance for their lives to begin. If we work together, we can ensure all disabled children have a childhood full of fun, friendship and opportunity.”

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