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Ed Balls end in sight as Extra Cha Cha challenge looms on

first_imgThe former Shadow Chancellor said he will stay in the competition for as long as he is saved But now BBC bosses have decided the contestants will have to compete in a Cha Cha Cha dance – in addition to their set rehearsed piece this week. Mr Balls, 49, has previously struggled with the Cha Cha, scoring well below the other celebrities on the Halloween show. And before the series even started he dubbed the Cha Cha Cha a “nightmare”.  This weekend he will now have to rely on the public vote more than ever to avoid being in the bottom two and voted off by the judges. Producers are said to be keen to see him leave the programme because they want the focus to return to the dancing, rather than Mr Balls’ comedy performances. An insider told The Sun: “The challenge is almost definitely set to place Ed bottom of the judge’s leaderboard.”He’s the worst dancer on paper and even if he nails his rehearsed dance, he’s set to be voted off by judges.” Earlier this week, Mr Balls vowed he would stay in the competition for as long as he was saved – despite calls for him to step down.  He may have avoided the dance-off for another week but a new Cha Cha challenge could finally see the end of Ed Balls on Strictly Come Dancing. The former shadow chancellor has managed to cling on week by week, despite repeatedly finishing bottom of the leaderboard.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The former Shadow Chancellor said he will stay in the competition for as long as he is savedCredit: Jay Brooks/BBC He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “As it goes on in this competition, the dance becomes a bigger deal but in the end you’ve got to respect the voters.“The public decide who becomes, President or Prime Minister, or who stays in Strictly.”A Strictly spokesman said, “This Saturday, all couples will do two dances – their own routine as well as the Cha Cha challenge – to determine their place on the leader-board.All the couples have done a Cha Cha in the competition so they are already familiar with the technique. As per the rules each week, the leader-board accounts for only half of the final result with the public vote making up the remaining half.” last_img read more