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Strictly’s Jacqui Smith says old pal Ed Balls has been on the phone with advice

Jacqui Smith says she’s not going to Balls up her Strictly Come Dancing chance thanks to advice from her pal Ed.

She says her former Labour colleague Ed Balls, 53, has been on hand to share tips from his time on the BBC series.

He left his mark on the 2016 competition with his unforgettable routine to song Gangham Style – and Jacqui’s hoping she’ll do the same.

“I’m not sure I’ll be going for high technical skill but Ed Balls called me when it was announced that I was going to be on the show and gave me some brilliant advice,” told former MP Jaqcui – who was the country’s first female Home Secretary.

“No-one can compete with Ed’s ‘Gangnam Style’ but he said to me, actually embrace it and really go for it and try hard and I promise you that is what I’m going to do.”


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  • October 10, 2020

Strictly’s Katya Jones reveals use of visors in rehearsals

Katya Jones has admitted dancing with a mask on can cause problems. (PA)
Katya Jones has admitted dancing with a mask on can cause problems. (PA)

Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones has admitted she needs more breaks during dance rehearsals as wearing a mask makes breathing tricky.

The professional dancer opened up about the possible changes to the BBC show as it prepares to go ahead with social distancing guidelines in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Jones said of wearing face masks in rehearsals: “As a teacher it’s fine. In my dance school we get visors instead of masks so we can talk.

“I think you have to have proper breaks as breathing is slightly more difficult. I think the whole thing is possible. People will find ways.”

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The 31-year-old professional dancer admitted Strictly – which has already announced a shorter series for 2020 – may not

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