Poor Ed!

Being involved in politics seems to be a bit of a curse in Strictly Come Dancing: who can forget Conservative politician Anne Widdecombe‘s grace or politics journalist John Sergeant‘s gallant stomping? Well, Ed Balls might be in trouble for something other than bad dancing.

The former Labour MP is apparently not annoying everyone with his moves but, apparently, his singing instead. According to reports, poor Ed has been winding up his fellow celebs by singing showtunes from musicals backstage.

An insider told The Sun: ‘It’s really annoying and is cringeworthy because he’s not totally awful, but not good really either.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5848946ea) Ed Balls 'Strictly Come Dancing' launch, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, UK - 30 Aug 2016

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‘Some of us think he does it because he’s nervous and others think he’s fishing for compliments and attention. Whatever the reason he’s really annoyed everyone by doing it and we wish he’d stop.’

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This is the national press equivalent of an annoyed flatmate only ever leaving notes on the fridge – just tell him!

It’s not just the singing that Ed Balls is being slammed for. Judge Bruno Tonioli claimed he is ‘unlikely to win’ ALREADY, and that he could become the ‘next Anne Widdecombe.’ Ouch.

Talking to The Telegraph at the Emmys, he said: ‘The danger is [he’s] going to be the next Anne Widdecombe. I don’t think the nation is ready for another one. I still haven’t recovered from the first one.

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‘I think I called her the Dalek in drag. He has to top that. Ed – you have to top the Dalek in drag. I want you to be like a hippopotamus in Fantasia.’

It’s safe to say he’s not the most popular contestant this year. Who knows: maybe he’ll actually win the public’s heart? He lost it during the general election, but second time’s the charm?