Week Eight of popular BBC entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing saw ex-Labour Party MP, and former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ed Balls take to the dance floor with professional partner Katya Jones to perform a Salsa to PSY’s Gangnam Style.
The show pairs celebrities and public figures with little to no dance experience with professional Ballroom and Latin American dancers to perform a new dance each week – each vying to top the leaderboard, survive the weekly public vote and lift the disco ball trophy as champion after three months of grueling hard work.
The former Labour MP isn’t necessarily a natural dancing talent, though has continued to entertain audiences to survive six eliminations.
Last night the pair performed a Salsa, a dance born in 70s New-York and filled with Latin American and Cuban influences. The Salsa incorporated some of PSY’s well-known choreography, and Balls even donned a vibrant blue blazer to match the Korean rapper’s styling.
The track was performed in Korean by Dave Arch’s Strictly Come Dancing house band, an impressive performance no-matter your opinion of the viral hit.
Judge Bruno Tonioli called the performance the “best worst dance I’ve ever seen”, and Craig Revel Horwood was left almost speechless – unusually for the notably outspoken, and harsh judge.
The four judges scored him four, seven, eight and six – giving him a total of twenty-five points and leaving Ed and Katya at the bottom of the leaderboard ahead of the public vote.
Whether the pair will be saved by the public and be heading to the show’s much anticipated Blackpool Tower Ballroom next week will be revealed tonight at 7:15pm on BBC One.
Watch the performance in full below: