Ed Balls shares Strictly Come Dancing worries: "My hips don't really move in quite the right way"

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Balls is 100/1 among some bookmakers to win Strictly - despite his known talent for the Gangnam Style (Source: Getty)

It's a big day for former Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls.

Well over a year on from being one of the high-profile political casualties of the 2015 General Election, losing his seat in Morley and Outwood, Balls is re-entering the limelight on Strictly Come Dancing.

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We all know - how could we possibly forget? - that Balls can jump along to Gangnam Style (see below), but can he actually dance?

"I don't know... yet," Balls told BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning.

"I can do line dancing, but unfortunately there's no category for that.

"I'm quite worried about the jive because my hips don't really move in quite the right way."

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He added: "It's a chance to say that politics is about human beings, and that those of us who come out of politics, in my sort of retirement phase, I can do new things, and it's quite exciting."

Balls may not be on the show for too long. He is ranked as the 100/1 outsider among some bookmakers.