Pouting Ed Balls strikes a model pose in bid to reach Strictly quarter-final

Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls transformed from ex-politician into male model on Saturday night as he offered pouts and alluring stares in a bid to reach the competition’s quarter-final.

The former shadow chancellor gripped a rose between his teeth as he tangoed across the dance floor with professional dance partner Katya Jones to Rolling Stones hit (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

His dancing was described as like “junk food” by judge Bruno Tonioli, who added “you know it’s bad for you but you just can’t help it”.

Len Goodman called Ed “the people’s champion” as the board of judges scored him 23 points putting him bottom of the leaderboard for the fourth week running.

Top of the leaderboard was actor Danny Mac and partner Oti Mabuse as well as singer Louise Redknapp and partner Kevin Clifton who scored 45 points each after adding their bonus scores from the Cha Cha Challenge.

The extra challenge saw the six remaining couples perform a cha cha cha at the same time to previously unheard music with judges ranking their performances at the end.

Ed and Katya finished last in the challenge adding one point to their 23 while Louise and Kevin took the cha cha cha crown scoring six points.

For the second week running Danny scored a perfect 40 after a rhythmic samba to Magalenha by Sergio Mendes.

Len lauded praise on the Hollyoaks actor, describing his hip movement “like a snake”.

Louise’s waltz to Michael Buble’s At This Moment scored 39 just ahead of BBC presenter Ore Oduba who received 36 for a dramatic paso doble with partner Joanne Clifton to Lorde’s Everybody Wants To Rule The World.

Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane also scored 36 with her Argentine Tango to Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me A River but ended week 10 fourth on the leaderboard after collecting three points in the Cha Cha Challenge to Ore’s four.

Just ahead of Ed in the leaderboard is Judge Rinder who picked up 29 points for his rumba to Lean On Me by Bill Withers and collected another two for his cha cha cha efforts.

Despite channeling his inner red carpet glow, Ed is the favourite to leave this week’s show according to bookies Coral.

“The betting suggests Ed Balls’ surprising run on Strictly Come Dancing this year could be coming to an end this weekend as he is odds-on to be eliminated, with Robert Rinder most likely to be in the dance-off with the former Shadow Chancellor,” said Coral’s John Hill.

Strictly returns on Sunday night at 7.20pm on BBC One.

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