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Norwich City chairman Ed Balls bottom of Strictly Come Dancing leader board after mistake-ridden paso doble

PUBLISHED: 10:03 16 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:34 16 October 2016

Ed Balls with dance partner Katya Jones during a dress rehearsal for  Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Ed Balls with dance partner Katya Jones during a dress rehearsal for Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Norwich City chairman Ed Balls could not climb off the bottom of the Strictly Come Dancing leader board last night after scoring his lowest mark of the competition so far.

The former shadow chancellor and his partner Katya Jones scored just 16 points for their paso doble to ‘Holding Out For A Hero’.

The routine started with the 49-year-old, who was dressed as a knight, rescuing Mrs Jones from a fire breathing dragon but the dance was full of mistakes.

Len Goodman told him: “I don’t know about holding out for a hero, I was holding out for a paso.”

Craig Revel Horwood, who scored him just two points, complained: “The shaping was terrible, it was stompy, there wasn’t a hint of any matador in there, darling. It was dreadful.”

Darcey Bussell added: “It was a shame that you made that balls up.”

Mr Balls, who had been hoping to avoid a comedy routine, admitted: “A few things went wrong.”

He has been bottom of the leader board each week so far, but Saturday’s was his lowest score to date and the lowest in the competition so far.

In contrast sports presenter Ore Oduba has become the first Strictly contestant this series to earn a top score from any of the judges.

Mr Oduba and his dance partner Joanne Clifton were just shy of bagging a perfect 40 as judge Craig Revel Horwood awarded their jive a nine, while the rest of the panel gave it full marks.

The pair performed to Bruno Mars’ Runaway Baby, with the studio audience erupting into cheers as they finished the routine which bagged them 39 points and set them at the top of the leader board.

Head judge Len Goodman told Oduba he was even better than last year’s winner Jay McGuiness, who also wowed with his Jive.

He said: “Showstopping, jaw dropping, eye popping jive. I thought last week was fantastic, you’ve had a week, listen, move over Jay - you’ve turned up.”

Claudia Winkleman addressed the departure of singer Will Young at the start of the programme, who dropped out of the contest earlier this week citing “personal reasons”.

She said: “Will, if you’re watching, we love you and we wish you all the best.”

The Strictly Come Dancing results show, which will see one couple kicked out of the competition, will air on BBC1 on Sunday night at 7.15pm.

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