It is not often that you could say you spent a cold Tuesday night watching Ed Balls dance to Gangnam Style.
It鈥檚 a sign of the times and the former Shadow Chancellor鈥檚 rebirth as Strictly Come Dancing comic relief is as surprising as it is strange.
In a little under two years, the man also famous for accidentally tweeting out his own name has gone from trading barbs with the likes of Cameron and Osbourne to performing all of the moves to Psy鈥檚 mega hit. And they say a week is a long time in politics.
The Strictly Come Dancing Tour hedges its bets on leaning in toward the surreal, and harks back to the old school entertainment and variety roadshows that toured the length and breadth of the country.
Even with the polished modern aesthetic it鈥檚 still very much like stepping into a time capsule.
For the near sell-out crowd in attendance, that鈥檚 the main lure: wholesome, fun entertainment that relies on talent and application instead of sitting in a big house crawling with CCTV cameras waiting for the next huge argument to spark up.
Instead it鈥檚 the shiny wooden floors and bright lights of the ballroom; replete with sequined gowns, high kicks and more cha cha than you can shake your rhumba at.
The Echo Arena plays host to the WWE circus once or twice a year and in its own weird way there are many parallels with Strictly Come Dancing Live: the pantomime goodies and baddies, moves choreographed to a tee, defined narratives and costumes that run the gamut from attractive to outrageous.
Squeezing in four shows in two days in Liverpool alone, the stars of the evening didn鈥檛 show an ounce of fatigue from their initial Tuesday matinee performance.
There was a distinct Liverpool flavour in the air, with former Eternal singer Louise Redknapp having lived in the city and husband Jamie having plied his trade in Liverpool鈥檚 midfield during the 1990s.
Former Hollyoaks star Danny Mac took time out to praise the city for its vibrancy and growth while every woman in the audience looked at him with adoring eyes.
Series winner Ore Oduba brought some of the best moves of the night.
The man known for having little restraint over his emotions on the television kept himself in check to deliver a performance that would make professionals green with envy.
Elsewhere, former Birds Of A Feather star Lesley Joseph showed as much vim and vigour at the age of 70 than most fail to muster at 35. A post-performance Daisy Lowe urged the crowd to take up dancing themselves, citing her happiness and fitness as 鈥渓ife changing鈥?
The judges ?Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Karen Hardy ?play their roles to perfection. Goodman and Hardy pepper their routines with laughs, slight innuendo and smiles, while Horwood hams it up with his Simon Cowell-esque put downs.
But it鈥檚 all in good fun.
Any negativity is purely for show and immediately overwritten by smiles and laughter.
With ten years of the Strictly roadshow already under their belt, don鈥檛 expect a last waltz anytime soon.