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Entertainment Strictly's Jacqui Smith reveals she's getting tips from Ed Balls

05:25  07 october  2020
05:25  07 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Strictly Come Dancing star Jacqui Smith has revealed she's already getting tips from 2016 contestant Ed Balls.

The former Home Secretary, 57, admitted she doesn't think she'll be able to top the politician's iconic Gangnam Style performance, but vowed to still 'try hard' and 'take it seriously.'

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Jacqui joins a star-studded lineup including actress Maisie Smith, broadcaster Ranvir Singh and Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing set to make their long-awaited debut on the Strictly dancefloor next month.

a person posing for a picture: Helping hand: Strictly Come Dancing star Jacqui Smith has revealed she's already getting tips from 2016 contestant Ed Balls © Provided by Daily Mail Helping hand: Strictly Come Dancing star Jacqui Smith has revealed she's already getting tips from 2016 contestant Ed Balls

When asked whether there was a particular star she'd enjoyed watching from a previous Strictly series, Jacqui said: 'Well, I've been lucky that Ed Balls has talked to me and give me some advice. I'm not sure that I would ever be able to match his Gangnam Style.'

While she admitted she's yet to perfect his famous salsa - which became a viral sensation after he performed it with Katya Jones - Jacqui added: 'I've only been on the phone with him so far. But obviously, I should be watching.

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'I should replay the video and watch very, very carefully. What he told me which I think is really, really important advice is people love Strictly and they love you taking it seriously and trying hard and that's absolutely what I'm going to be doing.'

a person standing on a stage: Iconic: The former Home Secretary admitted she doesn't think she'll be able to top the politician's iconic Gangnam Style performance (pictured above with Katya Jones) © Provided by Daily Mail Iconic: The former Home Secretary admitted she doesn't think she'll be able to top the politician's iconic Gangnam Style performance (pictured above with Katya Jones)

Ed became a fan favourite when he appeared on Strictly in 2016, and despite struggled to score high with the judges, he advanced to Week 10 before being eliminated.

Jacqui joins eleven other stars donning their best sequins to take to the Strictly dancefloor, with the launch set to air on October 17, when the celebrities professional partners will be revealed.

In a recent industry Q&A, executive producer Sarah James detailed the show's new Covid-friendly format, which also includes a socially distanced judging panel and contestant 'bubbles', with one party being required to live alone.

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Jacqui Smith standing next to a body of water: Determined: Jacqui vowed that she would 'try hard' and 'take the show seriously' as she prepares for her dancing debut later this month © Provided by Daily Mail Determined: Jacqui vowed that she would 'try hard' and 'take the show seriously' as she prepares for her dancing debut later this month

Sarah also shed light on the show's contingency plans in light of the pandemic and insisted she's 'confident' the competition series will go ahead even if the current coronavirus restrictions change from October 17.

This year's series will be a pared down nine-week run with a very different look. The 12 partnerships – three less than usual – will be unveiled via video link rather than in the studio and the annual trip to the Blackpool Tower ballroom is also off the cards.

With limited studio crew, big sets may not be built – so producers will use augmented reality, which adds computer-generated elements.

And to ensure the contestants can work closely with their partners, they will get tested regularly and 'bubble up'.

Julia Tsile standing on a stage posing for the camera: Gorgeous: Jacqui joins stars including boxer Nicola Adams in this year's lineup © Provided by Daily Mail Gorgeous: Jacqui joins stars including boxer Nicola Adams in this year's lineup a woman posing for a picture: Stunning: EastEnders' Maisie Smith will also take to the dancefloor © Provided by Daily Mail Stunning: EastEnders' Maisie Smith will also take to the dancefloor

Only three judges - Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse - will be in the studio with separate rostrums, and the dancers will sit in the audience rather than go upstairs to get their scores.

Veteran judge Bruno Tonioli has said he will be 'involved remotely' and hopes to return full-time towards the end of the series as he is filming the US version of the show in Los Angeles.

As well as the absence of Bruno, it was confirmed last week that professionals Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones, Graziano Di Prima and Nancy Xu are without celebrity partners for this year's series.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One for the launch show on October 17.

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