The audience loves Ed Balls, but he’s still bottom of the Strictly leaderboard

Ed Balls is shaping up to be the Strictly contestant the public love to keep in the show despite the judges giving him low scores for his latest dance, a samba

Ed Balls was the people’s favourite on Strictly Come Dancing as he received a standing ovation for the second week in a row – despite once again being at the bottom of the scoreboard.

The former shadow chancellor and his professional partner Katya Jones embraced this week’s movie theme, with Ed sporting a painted green face and a bright yellow suit as he portrayed actor Jim Carrey’s character from The Mask.

The pair danced the Samba to Carrey’s version of the song Cuban Pete, which was used in the 1994 movie, but only scored 24 points for their efforts.

A few politicians admitted they were fans:

The top of this week’s leaderboard sees gymnast Claudia Fragapane and former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac battling it out with 36 points.

Danny and his professional partner Oti Mabuse performed the Paso Doble to The Mask of Zorro’s The Train by James Horner, which had head judge Len Goodman enthusing and calling the actor: “Danny Mac the gay blade.”

Model Daisy Lowe opened the show with a Mary Poppins-themed Quick Step, while Louise Redknapp closed the show dancing the Cha Cha Cha to Flashdance… What A Feeling by Irene Cara, scoring a total of 31 points.

TV barrister Judge Robert Rinder was in character as Fred Flintstone for the Charleston as he danced to Meet The Flintstones, which judge Darcey Bussell approved of, telling him: “I loved the crazy caveman as well. You’ve very cute as a caveman.”

Judge Rinder on Strictly (BBC)
Judge Rinder on Strictly (BBC)


American singer Anastacia scored 27 for her Viennese Waltz to A Thousand Years from the Twilight movies. She was cleared to perform despite last week tearing scar tissue from a double mastectomy in 2013.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood told her she had “come back with an enormous sense of confidence and I think that is brilliant”.

Singer Will Young has taken on Strictly Come Dancing stalwart Len Goodman over criticism of a lack of salsa.

Early favourite Will channelled his inner Pussycat Doll for his Salsa to Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny) on movie week with partner Karen Clifton.

But Len, who is taking part in his last series as head judge, told the pair he thought there was a lack of salsa in the dance.

Will Young
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His criticism prompted the singer to bite back, telling Len there was lots of salsa in the dance which reminded everyone of a similar episode on Pop Idol almost 15 years ago involving Simon Cowell and Will.

Then, Will hit back at Simon who told him his performance was ‘average’, causing the entertainment giant to back down and call the show’s eventual winner a ‘gentleman’.

But Len didn’t take it so well, telling Will he should ‘turn up, keep up, shut up’.

Will did clear up the clash, telling Claudia Winkleman he ‘loves Len’ and ‘did not want to come across as disrespectful’.

Sunday night’s episode will see the second celebrity being sent home after the public vote.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Sunday at 7.15pm on BBC One.