Strictly: Bill Bailey reveals he 'almost set fire to the studio'
Bill Bailey, 55, shared a heartfelt tweet thanking the public for voting him and Oti Mabuse as the winners of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. The comedian went on to give high praise to his dance partner, as he referred to her as “one of the most inspirational people” he has ever met.
I am thrilled for her
Bill typed: “A massive thank you to everyone who supported us for #Strictly2020 and to all those of you who voted.
“This win means a huge amount to me and my amazing teacher @OtiMabuse. I am thrilled for her.
“She is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. All power to you OM,” he added.
The dancer was overwhelmed with emotion following the sweet post, and responded that she was grateful for having been partnered with him.
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Oti typed back: “Bill, I thought I had finished crying.
“Thank you for giving me something I thought I’d lost, for showing me your truth, working hard and being the absolute best student anyone could ask for.”
Underneath fans of the pair congratulated them for winning the show and providing much needed “joy” during a difficult year.
One responded: “Congratulations, hope you are both still celebrating your win on Saturday. As viewers we won too. The series was a wonderful triumph and very much needed. We appreciate all the hard work and joy of dancing and music. It was a blast to watch at home. Merry Christmas. xx.”
Another typed: “Oti comes across as nothing but a sweet, lovely, beautiful girl inside and out. Made this man cry when they won. So much fun to watch.”
Another said: “I am so happy for you both, a marvellous win! However, it’s clear that both of you have gained far more than a dancing title; the level of respect for each other is obvious and that is the sign of a true friendship beyond the dancefloor.”
It comes as the comedian divulged that not all went to plan during the show’s grand finale, as he “kicked over” one of the pyrotechnic boxes in the group number.
Speaking out on the close call, Bill explained: “There was a pre-recorded section where we did a walk down at the beginning of the show.
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“Jamie [Laing] and I were on one side and Maisie [Smith] and HRVY were on the other, and we had a count in and then we had to walk down.”
Bill shared that he and fellow finalist Jamie both missed the count, so a stage manager had offered to count them in.
“Jamie and I were like, ‘Yes, yes, we’re fine, between the two of us we can count to eight.’
“And just as I said that I kicked over one of the pyrotechnic boxes, tripped over that and nearly fell down the stairs.
“We can’t be left alone for a second,” he added.
Bill imagined what the headlines might have been if his appearance had ended in further disaster.
He continued on Lorraine: “That would have been a great way to start the show, ‘Bill Bailey has ignited his own trousers’.”
Bill also spoke about his final performance song The Show Must Go On, which he described as a “rally call” for the nation as many older people including his dad have been in isolation since March.
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