More television appearances on the way for Norwich City chairman Ed Balls
PUBLISHED: 21:39 14 May 2017 | UPDATED: 21:39 14 May 2017
Norwich City chairman Ed Balls said he has received “weird” television offers since starring in last year’s Strictly Come Dancing - and hinted that more appearances may be on the way.
Despite struggling to master some of the techniques, the former politician won fans through his memorable performances on the BBC1 show.
Mr Balls’ dance with partner Katya Jones to Gangnam Style was shortlisted for Virgin TV’s Must See Moment at the TV Bafta awards, which were held on Sunday night.
But the pair lost out on the night and were beaten by a snake chase on nature documentary series Planet Earth II.
Speaking to the Press Association, the former shadow chancellor said he planned to move onto new television projects.
“I have been offered lots of weird things through the medium of dance,” he said.
“I’m sure I’ll be moving onto some new things soon but I’m not ready to say quite what yet.
“I’ll be doing a few TV things in the next few weeks, including Have I Got News For You before the election.”
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Describing the event as a “bit of a whirl” while the world of politics focuses on the upcoming general election, he said: “Two years ago in the last election I was a candidate and now I am at the Baftas while my former colleagues are out campaigning and trying to win votes.
“It’s really important to have people who put themselves forward in politics to get elected because our democracy needs it.
“But it’s also people are entertained and have fun to hold our nation together, and tonight’s a celebration of that.”
Commenting on his hopes for the country’s future, he said looking at the results of America’s election last year proved things do not always turn out as expected.
He said: “It was one thing for me, a former politician, to become for a short period of time a TV star, it was quite another thing for the American people to elect a reality TV star as president of the US.
“That was an even bigger surprise, I thought I was beyond being surprised and I still didn’t think that would happen, so that was quite something.”