Ed ‘The Mask’ Balls reveals weight loss and secret train dancing
Watch: Balls did the Samba wearing green pace paint
Ed says he has lost more than half a stone since he started appearing on Strictly Come Dancing and that he has honed his technique by dancing on trains.
The former shadow chancellor dressed up as the Jim Carrey character The Mask for his latest performance. Balls and his professional partner Katya Jones danced the samba, with the ex-MP donning a bright yellow suit and green face paint for the routine – possibly a nod to his beloved Norwich City.
Writing for the Mail on Sunday, Balls stated: “I also had no idea how much shaking the maracas could make my arms ache. I’ve lost more than half a stone since my Strictly experience started, thanks to Katya’s regime of six-hour sessions and confiscating my packets of Wotsits.
“I’ve even been dancing on train journeys, trying to cram in as much practice as possible.”
He has also revealed how his wife Yvette Cooper is largely to blame for his appearance on the BBC show.
“When I was approached by the BBC to take part back in May, I was cautious. People like me just don’t do things like that and, when I talked to my wife Yvette, I thought she’d tell me not to risk making a fool of myself.
“’You have to do it,’ she said instantly. ‘How could you possibly pass up the opportunity to learn to dance on the biggest TV show there is?’”
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