As politician Ed Balls is lined up for Strictly Come Dancing, here's a look at some unexpected Strictly successes!

Ed Balls is reported to be lined up to take part in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing
Julian Clary - 3rd out of 10
Steve Backshall - 8th out of 15
​Jason Donovan - 3rd out of 14
Ann Widdecombe - 6th out of 14
James Martin - 4th out of 12
​Aled Jones - 4th out of 10

Scroll through our galley by clicking the arrow on the right to see some other memorable contestants from the hit TV show…

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Reports have claimed former shadow chancellor Ed Balls is set to star in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing. 

If he steps onto the ballroom floor, Balls would be the first male politician to take part in the regular programme.

Vince Cable, the former Liberal Democrat leader and secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, appeared in a one-off Christmas special in 2010. 

Previous politicians to take part include Ann Widdecombe (in 2010) and Edwina Currie (2011).

There have been many others who've taken part in the show down the years, of course, and many of them still bring a smile to the face. 

Scroll though the gallery above to see some memorble dancers of seasons gone by