So, Ed Balls reckons he is the new Beyonce?

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His words, not ours!

Speaking on Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two on Wednesday, the former shadow chancellor revealed how his stunning Halloween-themed performance last weekend didn't go quite as planned, but instead took a turn for the fabulous.

Speaking to presenter Zoe Ball, he said: "I was supposed to be Michael Jackson, but I suddenly became Beyonce! It was so spontaneous - I don't know what happened!"

Beyonce Balls?
Beyonce Balls? (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

He added that he even stole his partner Katya Jones's moves by running across the stage as a mad scientist in their cha cha routine to Love Potion No.9.

"The run I did was supposed to be Katya," he admitted.

He held back when Zoe asked him to replicate the accidental "Ed Balls body rub" which set hearts racing during last Saturday's dance, but said he was definitely feeling confident after show, which earned the pair their best scores of the show so far.

It was a transformation following their minor disaster the previous week, when Ed seriously wobbled trying to lift Katya in their American Smooth dance.

Comparing the two, he said: "We've got to take risks. We decided we weren't going to go backwards and it worked. There's a formula we've got."

This weekend he will be stepping things up a notch with a quickstep.

"It's quick," he said, after a few days of training time. "It's really quick."

Good luck, Ed!