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Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Norwich City chairman Ed Balls almost DROPS dance partner Katya Jones in the most spectacular fashion

PUBLISHED: 10:12 23 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:46 23 October 2016

Ed Balls almost dropped Katya Jones in front of the nation on last night's episode of Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: PA/BBC)

Ed Balls almost dropped Katya Jones in front of the nation on last night's episode of Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: PA/BBC)

The former politician left Bruno Tonioli and Strictly fans across the nation hiding behind their hands as he desperately tried to keep his balance while holding his professional dance partner aloft.

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Last night’s show saw the former shadow chancellor take on the American Smooth with Tony Christie’s (Is This The Way To) Amarillo setting the mood.

Things got off to a relatively good start but the routine rapidly descended into chaos as they attempted an ambitious lift.

Bruno observed that the dance was ‘a ride that almost ended in disaster’ while Craig said the performance was ‘the antithesis of smooth’

Fortunately John Prescott was on hand to capture the slip in all its glory and, along with a short video, tweeted: “Let’s get @edballs in the bottom two just to make him do that lift again #Strictly #EdBalls”

Nevertheless, Ed still managed to scrape 18 points despite the embarrassing glitch, which is two points up on his dramatic Paso Doble last weekend.

Ed admitted to us earlier in the week that he feared he would not do the American Smooth the justice it deserves.

“I think the sort of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dances do look beautiful but if I will be able to make them look beautiful is another matter,’ he said.

“But that is the show you just have to go and do your best.”

Ed’s fate will be revealed during tonight’s results show, which kicks off at 7.15pm on BBC One.

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