Ed Balls
Ed Balls provided some of the most memorable moments in the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing BBC1

Not many politicians have enjoyed quite the career change that Ed Balls has – going from a former MP to a newfound member of reality television.

The Labour party politician appears to be enjoying the limelight with a less serious tone than frontline politics, as it has been announced that he will join this year's line-up for the annual tour.

The former shadow chancellor – who was the 10th celebrity to be eliminated from the current series after losing to Judge Rinder in Sunday's dance-off – will appear on stage with several of his co-stars in Birmingham January 2017, kicking off the ballroom series UK tour.

Balls, 49, got far in the dance competition despite lacking significant ballroom talent and being a regular in the bottom two – causing controversy with some of the viewing public – but managed to stay in thanks to his entertaining stage presence.

And now, he has been tipped to appear on another reality television series – a place where all politicians should be wary of going – Celebrity Big Brother. He is odds-on favourite at the bookmakers to join the Channel 5 show, which returns on screens in January 2017 and has featured other MPs including George Galloway and Winston McKenzie.

Coral are said to have 10-1 on Balls appearing on the next series. And the bookies aren't the only ones who view Balls as a potential multi-purpose reality star.

Strictly's most outlandish judge, Bruno Tonioli, also sees Balls as a showman, claiming he would love to see him star in a West End musical with the likes of Honey G from The X Factor.

He joked in his column for Best magazine: "How hilarious that Honey G challenged Ed to a dance-off.

"Is she the best singer on The X Factor? Absolutely not! But they're both great fun. Gosh, imagine if they starred in a West End show together, it'd be like the Apocalypse Now, they'd cause a revolution."

Strictly continues this Saturday at 7pm on BBC1.