Ed Balls gets involved in amusing Twitter banter with the Strictly Come Dancing account


            	Twitter reacts to Ed Balls joining Strictly Come Dancing

Ed Balls has just been confirmed as the first contestant for this year's Strictly Come Dancing, and the former shadow chancellor is already doing his bit to earn a place as the class clown for the new series.

After the announcement was made, the 49-year-old ex-politician retweeted a post made by the official Strictly Twitter account that simply read: "Ed Balls."

The tweet was seemingly a cheeky reference to when Ed famously tweeted just his own name on April 28 2011, an online mishap which has been commemorated on Twitter as Ed Balls Day every year since.

Keeping it short and sweet, Ed then wrote: "BBC Strictly."

Adding to the humour, the Strictly account then retweeted his retweet. Sadly, it appears the banter has stopped there as he failed to post the repost yet again.

Still, judging by this early exchange, it's clear to see that he may be one of this year's most amusing competitors for the glitter ball trophy.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016
Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls will be competing in this year's Strictly Come Dancing (Tom White/PA)

His wife Yvette Cooper, who is still a Labour MP, also tweeted following the big reveal.

Speaking of his new challenge, Ed said being on the BBC One dance show was part of his "post-politics bucket list" and that he could "do with losing half a stone".

He told Chris Evans on his Radio 2 breakfast show: "I've done sensible things. I learned the piano. I ran marathons. I always thought I wasn't going to get a motorbike to go across the Sahara.

"I have a feeling that going on Strictly is a bit more like getting on a motorbike to go across the Sahara than practising the piano."