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Ed Balls to dance Gangnam Style on Strictly – and Twitter can't control itself!

Ainhoa Barcelona

No, you didn't hear wrong. Ed Balls really is dancing to Gangnam Style!

The former Shadow Chancellor will get his groove on to the 2012 South Korean hit on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, and just like Psy, fans are hoping his performance will go viral.

Viewers couldn't help express their shock, disbelief and joy on Twitter after the news was announced.

"Did I just hear #edballs will be doing a samba to Gangnam Style?!?! That's worth my licence fee alone... if my eyes can bear it," wrote one fan.

Another joked: "I thought the US election would be the most important event of next week. Then I heard @edballs will be dancing to Gangnam Style. #strictly."

"I want to vote for @edballs doing gangnam style before I even see it," one fan tweeted, alongside a clip from Psy's video.

Another wrote in disbelief: "I'll always remember where I was when I heard Ed Balls will dance a salsa to Gangnam Style* (*on the sofa spitting out my drink) #Strictly."

While the news comes as a shock to fans, they will perhaps be even more surprised to hear that Ed, 49, is no stranger to Gangnam Style.

The politician previously showed off his moves at a Labour party conference in 2014, where he was caught on camera doing a rendition of the catchy track.

Meanwhile on Sunday night's episode of Strictly, some viewers were dismayed to see Laura Whitmore leave the competition. The presenter and her partner Giovanni Pernice found themselves in the bottom two along with Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton.

Ed remained, and has stated that he will not walk out of the dance contest. "People pay money to phone up and vote for Katya and I," he told the Sunday Mirror. "For me to override that and say, 'I know better, I'm leaving,' would be disrespectful.

"I won't do a John Sergeant. The show has moved on. It's been ten years since John, and I think people expect more. I don't compare myself to him or Ann Widdecombe. I'm definitely not a pantomime act. We're not trying to mock the dancing, we're working hard and taking risks, and the public can see that."

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